Devotions for Advent

I would enjoy having you join me in a devotional series during this Advent season. The devotion I am using is from bible.com (Download their app and you will have the Bible with you wherever you go!)  and the title of the Advent devotion is, “Rediscovering the Christmas Season.”

I will blog on it at Ramblings on the Ridge Please join the conversation and share your insights. This is an independent devotional study. Invite your friends and family to join you.

I will begin blogging December 1,

Please join in!

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Step 1: got to www.bible.com

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Step 3: click “reading plans”

Step 4: click “All plans”

Step 5: search “Rediscovering the Christmas season”

Step 6: Click “start the plan”

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Happy Thanksgiving! Wes

If You Shop on Thanksgiving, You Are Part of the Problem

I’m a capitalist. It’s not my religion, I won’t bow before its altar, I won’t kiss its ring, but I believe in capitalism. It’s an invention of man and it involves money, so it’s not perfect, but I’ve never heard anyone suggest a better system. So I’m a capitalist.

I am not, however, a consumerist. I like the freedom and innovation of capitalism; I loathe the materialism and gluttony of consumerism. There’s a popular misconception that capitalism and consumerism are inextricably linked; that one naturally involves and requires the other. But this is a fallacy. Certainly the “stimulus” programs a few years ago ought to have dispelled this notion entirely. The government perverted the free market and elected to hand free money to millions of people, hoping that they’d go out and buy a bunch of stuff with it. This was consumerism at the expense of capitalism, and it revealed our priorities: forget freedom, forget principle — just buy stuff.

That’s our entire economic system: buy things. Everybody buy.

Click here for complete article by Matt Walsh 

Mom always did like you best!

From Biblical Recorder

Many of you will remember the famous line from the Smothers Brothers, “Mom always did like you best!” Joseph’s brothers resented their father’s clear favoritism of their baby brother, and became more indignant as he explained his dream about reigning over his brothers. Consequently, they sold him into slavery and faked his death. Things seemed to improve for Joseph after he was sold to Potiphar and put in charge of all that his master possessed. However, His righteousness and faithfulness to his master landed him in jail, falsely accused of raping his master’s wife because he would not have an illicit relationship with her. Joseph then oversaw all the other prisoners and interpreted the chief cupbearer’s dream only to be forgotten by him when he was released.
 
What do you do when life takes you where you don’t want to go, and the light at the end of the tunnel turns out to be a train? Surely Joseph faced unbelievable discouragement as he sat falsely accused in prison for two years, but the Lord was with him (Genesis 39:21, 23). We all have a tendency to become near-sighted in the midst of adversity and forget about the big picture. Do we really believe that God is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28) even when our circumstances are terrible? Moses didn’t record what Joseph was thinking during his prison years, but he does reveal the fulfillment of God’s purpose for Joseph. Joseph forgave his brothers and realized that God had used their evil deeds to preserve the lives of countless people (Genesis 50:20). Are you in a troubling situation with an unpredictable outcome? Will you look for the big picture of God’s glory when the current snapshot tempts you to be anxious about everything? The same God who has delivered us from the darkness of sin and death through the sacrifice of His Son will deliver us from our temporary tribulation. Remember, when you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.