Joy in Judgment

Psalm 98:1-9 by Shelia Marsh Joy bursts forth from man and nature because the Lord is coming to judge the earth and its people. Yes, in this Advent message from the Old Testament, the Lord is coming not as the Messiah, but as a judge. These verses celebrate God’s...

Be Still

Psalm 96:1-13 by Doug Anderson Advent is a distinctly Christian observance.  It is a time for devout meditation and self-examination.  It competes with the more recently evolving customs associated with Christmas that abound at this time of year.  Indeed, our...

Foretold in Scripture

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 by Doug Anderson Tyconius is a name you may not be familiar with.  He was a Christian layman who lived in North Africa in the late 4th and early 5th centuries when that area was a province of Rome.  In his day, the vast majority of Christians were...
Christ is Coming

Christ is Coming

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 by Doug Anderson Advent, from the Latin Adventus, meaning the coming or arrival of a significant event, has been observed by Christians since the 6th century.  Originally it was a period similar to Lent, but the emphasis was more on preparation...