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You’ve seen the pictures and heard the reports. Demonstrations in the streets. Families stranded in airports. Refugees afraid and uncertain of their future. The issue of immigrants and refugees has been in the news a lot in recent days, especially in light of recent presidential executive orders. If your Facebook newsfeed is like mine, you’ve probably seen many different positions taken and all of them taken passionately! As Christians we should be concerned about the plight of the suffering, wherever they may be and wherever they may be coming from. Yet, we also know that God has ordained human governments and one of the main tasks of those governments is to ensure the security of its people. So, what is a Christian to do? Below are two resources that I think you may find helpful. The first is an excellent article by David Platt, the president of the International Mission Board. The second is a link to the local office of World Relief. World Relief has been doing great work, from a solidly biblical approach to address the needs of the sojourner among us.

--Pastor Dave

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-respond-to-the-refugee-crisis

http://worldreliefgardengrove.org

Recently, I subscribed to Paul David Tripp’s “Wednesday’s Word.” Honestly, I don’t always get around to reading it (I suspect, like many of you, I have too much email and some things don’t make the cut.). But I did read today’s edition, I was encouraged by it, and thought others might be too. So, here’s today’s “Wednesday’s Word.” If you like it, you might want to subscribe and follow it yourself.

Blessings,

Pastor Dave

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Here is a short article encouraging Christian families to attend church this Sunday, Christmas Day:

http://ftc.co/resource-library/1/2493

If you are debating whether or not to join us on Sunday, I would especially invite you to give it a careful read. I think the author gives some compelling reasons to gather with the saints on this special day.

Merry Christmas!

- Pastor Greg

One Christmas family tradition in the Halverson home has been the observation of Advent. In various ways—some formal, some lighthearted—in the days of December leading up to Christmas, we have kept this tradition.  Around the dinner table we have read Scripture and have taken turns lighting candles on an advent wreath. One of the kid’s favorite advent traditions (even now that they are all adults) is chocolate advent calendars.

Kristen and I both grew up in church traditions that formally... Read More