Author: Peggy Murray

Advent Reflection #4

When we read the stories of women and men of great faith, we imagine there was no struggle—that they heard the word of God and rushed to obey right away. But the truth is, even when the word of the Lord is clear, obedience is challenging. In the readings for Advent, we have Zechariah who

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Advent Reflection #3

The third Sunday of Advent is often called “Rejoice Sunday.” Last week we remembered the prophet, John, whose message was repentance. Repentance clears out the obstacles, the boulders, and bumps, that block the work of God’s Spirit. The result is gratitude and joy. Repentance sets us free and reorients us to being the people God

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Advent Reflection #2

As we look to an “invasion of holiness this season,” let’s reflect on a prominent messenger in Advent. “See, I am sending a messenger to prepare the way before me.” Malachi 3:1-4. Messengers from God come to interpret the signs of the times for us. The prophet Malachi uses some strong words to describe the

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Pastoral Reflections: The Beginning of Advent

For unto us a child is born, a son is given. Isaiah (Is. 11:1-4a) predicted the divine child seven hundred years before he was born! Can you imagine? He was so immersed in God’s thought and counsel that he speaks of the future as though he had seen it already. A child is born for

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Grief and the Holidays

Kelly Poag, a member of our congregation and a Christian counselor, wrote the attached article for Westwoods Community Church members, and wanted to also make it available to TLC members. It’s a simple, but helpful article that is aimed at helping people who are grieving this holiday season, or, for those who care for someone

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Overcoming Fear

Pastoral Reflections I had always wanted to go to Israel, but the truth is I was afraid. That is until our son planned a trip and insisted that we go. I do not feel that any other location I have visited will have as great an impact on my life as this one. However, this

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A Senseless Death?

Pastoral Reflections Recently, I cried at the death of a man whom I had never met. He was the father of three young daughters who, in essence, died as a result of excessive amounts of alcohol and drugs. Adopted at age 12 he strived to fit in with his new Christian, middle-class family. He used

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