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Recounting Joy (Week 4): An Advent Practice

By Laurie Nichols

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.” – Romans 15:13

Many think of joy as an elated state. A dictionary definition tells us that joy is “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” In the Bible, however, we find something a little bit different—something that looks a bit more like a peaceful, vibrant, and contented cheerfulness instead of a dance party.

Recounting Peace (Week 2): An Advent Practice

By Alejandra Ortiz

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. 

Recounting Hope (Week 1): An Advent Practice

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.