Weekly Thoughts

Praying & Living for the World

As I consider the various challenges and opportunities of this season, there are many people, organizations, and issues in need of prayer. Reflecting on the full corpora of these needs, one identifies a common thread. Whether it pertains to individuals bereft of spiritual life, those who are ill, the needs of our nation, or suffering in the world, the[…]

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We Need Renewal

There is one thing on which most Christians today agree–we need genuine renewal. Faced with rising violence, economic recession, and a growing sense of despair, we recognize that our fundamental challenge is not political or social; it is spiritual. And because such challenges require divine insight and strength, we stand to benefit from reviewing the[…]

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Asking for Transformed Lives

The longer I live the more certain I become that we need transforming grace. Divine grace. Grace that beckons our feeble lives from the dregs of sin and imparts eternal hope. Grace that is found in the crucified and risen Jesus. The road to deliverance and the pathway to renewal begin here and nowhere else.[…]

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This Is War

Sometimes you find yourself against the wall. Try as you may, circumstances appear too threatening to face. You read Scripture for encouragement and recognize that it’s not a playground, but rather a battlefield in which you rise to greet each new day, a fact that is confirmed by news headlines. “For our struggle is not against[…]

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The New Year Journey

How shall we proceed into the New Year? Timothy Jones (1955 – ), author of A Place for God, provides a helpful insight. In the following excerpt he describes the radical commitment of early Celtic saints who embarked on a life of missionary service without worldly assurances or visible supports. Their faithful embrace of “peregrinatio” provides an inspiring example[…]

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Lighting a Missional Candle

Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille (1900 – 1976) risked his life during World War II to keep Jews out of Nazi death camps. At the beginning of the war, before many people could fathom Hitler’s true intentions, he served under the Protestant Federation of France (FPF) as chaplain for refugees in southern France. His job was to[…]

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Finding Salvation This Advent

I was working in the mall during Christmas time at age seventeen. Part of my job involved obtaining various products in the warehouse for store clerks. The size of this room was astounding. Nearly a football field in length, not only was the room cavernous; it was filled wall-to-wall with boxes. On one occasion, I[…]

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Time to Reflect on Advent

In American culture, the weeks of Advent are teeming with parties, shopping, family gatherings, and the like. Men and women often work overtime to earn a little extra money to afford gifts. And when we finally drop into a chair to enjoy a moment of relaxation, the television unleashes upon us an onslaught of holiday-themed advertisements. What is the message?[…]

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Special Event: Lessons and Carols

Your are cordially invited to join us at New Covenant Church, Naperville on Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 PM for our annual Lessons and Carols service under the direction of Greg Wheatley. This year we are delighted to have soprano, Robin Wiper, along with our adult and children’s choirs. The Festival of Lessons and Carols[…]

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Proclaiming Peace During Advent

How does Advent contribute to peace? The Church univocally confesses that it comes through the Babe in the manger whom we call Lord. This is the bedrock on which true peace is established. But in what way is incarnational peace ‘spread to all the earth abroad’? Here is an example from history. Friar Antonio de[…]

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