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Advent day 15: A holy conversation

12.17. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Dorothy Nickel Friesen is a retired pastor and area conference minister. She currently volunteers as a grant writer for nonprofit organizations, serves as a consultant to pastors and congregations and will publish her memoir in 2018.  She lives in Newton, Kansas, attends Bethel College Mennonite Church, and enjoys dark chocolate, afternoon naps and trips to […]

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Advent day 14: What good is faith anyway?

12.16. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Marty Troyer lives in Houston Texas, which is still recovering from one of the worst natural disasters in United States history: an August hurricane named Harvey. He is pastor of Houston Mennonite Church and the author of The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are. Though the fig tree does not blossom,     and no […]

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Advent day 13: The Christmas that was promised

12.15. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Marty Troyer lives in Houston Texas, which is still recovering from one of the worst natural disasters in United States history: an August hurricane named Harvey. He is pastor of Houston Mennonite Church and the author of The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are. O Lord, I have heard of your renown, […]

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Advent day 12: Take time to dream

12.14. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Leonard Dow is a Stewardship and Development Specialist with Everence Financial. Prior to this, he served as Pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia for 20 years. He is married to Dr. Rosalie Rolon-Dow and they have three children.  Science tells us that when we do not dream we become unsettled mentally and physically. […]

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Ushering in a new reality

12.13. 2017 Posted By: Ben Wideman

Ben Wideman is Campus Pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.  One of the most moving news stories from this past week was the announcement that rather than picking one single person, Time Magazine has named a group of people, dubbed the Silence Breakers, as their persons of the […]

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Advent day 11: Silence is broken

12.13. 2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer

Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister for Western District Conference.  Reflections on Luke 1: 5-17.  I can only imaging Zachariah’s torment. For nine months he was unable to verbally share his temple experience. Until the day came when silence was broken, he was unable to speak and share about the epiphany he had witnessed. While […]

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Advent day 10: The challenge of change

12.12. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Alma Ovalle is Director of Student Ministries at Sarasota (Florida) Christian School. She loves to read, write, spend time with family and encourage students and women through spiritual leadership development. One of our Christmas family traditions is to bundle into the car and drive around Sarasota in search of the perfect tree. Every year this […]

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