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Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 9 days

The Adventure of Advent: Day 2 – The Thrill of Hope

“In the fullness of time, God sent His Son…” (Galatians 4:4). All the artwork in my home has disappeared. It’s still there, right where I left it, or hung it; but I don’t really see it anymore. It's just “there.” The photos from vacation destinations, the paintings from a gifted artist friend, Paul. The posters from the Mendocino Music Festival, even the fridge-based ar...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 10 days

The Adventure of Advent: Day 1 – Wait for It

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. The vision is for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:2-3). The birth of Jesus was a big deal. It still is. So let’s take some time to pause, linger, think and glean the nuance...

by Bill Welsh - about 1 month

The Adventure of Advent: Day 3 – The First Warning

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was with him. And it had been revealed to Him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:25-26). His name was Simeon. We don’t know his occupation, but at heart, he was a w...

Christian Living / by Bill Welsh - 12 months

Christmas Eve: “Emmanuel at Street Level”

I wrote a Christmas song a few years ago imagining the Nativity story from Joseph’s point of view. I was driving home from Sacramento, California, late at night, listening to Christmas music in mid-December. Here’s a verse or two of that song “O Joseph.”  An endless line of headlights on Interstate 5300 miles before me on my midnight driveAnd I can’t help but think about those travelers long...

Christian Living / by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

How Creation Reminds Us to See the Glory Behind the Beauty

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:1).  “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world” (Psalm 19:1-4)....

Christian Living / by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

Understanding the Difference Between Abiding & Abounding

I don't know how I did it. How did I somehow change the word "abound" into "abide?"  Allow me to revel in either God's ability to redeem a typo or perhaps God's wisdom and sovereignty to actually set up a misunderstanding.  Through a series of fortuitous flubs, I arrived at the 2017 Calvary Chapel Asia/Oceania Leadership conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, prepared with a message contributing to the ...

Current Events / by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

Response Versus Reaction to the Las Vegas Shooting

Here are resources and ways to help in light of the recent shooting in Las Vegas Sunday Night. We continue to pray for the victims, their families and the city.  I have run out of fingers & toes to count tragedies. Just in the US and just in the last five years, over 20 mass shootings h...

Discipleship / by Bill Welsh - about 1 year

Psalm 134: Making the Choice to Rejoice

“Every journey changes you in some way.” - Anon  “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You. Whose heart is set on pilgrimage...” (Psalm 84:5).  We began this journey as a search for peace. Along the way, we have scaled some towering peaks. We’ve cried out for God’s mercy, celebrated our deliverance and committed our lives to labor for the freedom of others. We’ve been reminded of the need to live ...