Posts under Advent2015 category
25 December 2015 full version

Friday, 25 December 2015
Christmas Day
Our apologies for releasing half an episode yesterday. Here is the full version.

Vince and Lightning would love to hear from you today. How has this Advent series impacted you? Send them an email right now by clicking here.

Special thanks to Ryan Hyrn for reading today’s scripture.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Matt 2:1-15
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ ” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

 

We (Vince and Lightning) wish you joy and peace.
Our prayer is that God’s justice would come as he promised his people; that we would be workers and seekers of justice; that the resulting peace would transform our hearts, our communities, our structures and systems, and our world. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

This is the end of our advent journey together. We hope you will continue to be part of our unQuiet community by subscribing to our weekly conversations and spreading the word.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

December 26, 2015
24 December 2015

Thursday, 24 December 2015
Christmas Eve

Special thanks to Sara Atkinson for leading the opening liturgy and reading part of the scripture.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Luke 2:1-20
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round-about them. And they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! Behold I bring you tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”

 

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

 

This passage contains one of Lightning’s favorite verses in the entire bible. “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Consider Mary’s response to all this. She is embracing what God is doing around her, and it sends her to contemplation. She doesn’t seem to have a yes/no attitude. She is embracing and wondering.

Our hope is that Linus’s reading of scripture helps you to access a young part of yourself. We hope that through this reading you have been able to tap into the wonder and mystery that is Christmas. We pray that you can hear it fresh, and allow yourself to be a child before God. Jesus always welcomed the children, and our hope on this Christmas eve is that we can all know God as children.

 

 

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast here.

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 24, 2015
23 December 2015

Wednesday, 23 December 2015
The fourth week of Advent

Special thanks to Emily Seyler for reading the scripture.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Matt 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

 

Consider today the righteousness of Joseph. How is it different from your view of righteousness. Put yourself in Joseph’s situation. What would you have done?

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast here.

 

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 23, 2015
22 December 2015

Tuesday, 22 December 2015
The fourth week of Advent

If you have last minute shopping, do it with Amazon here. When you do, Amazon will send unQuiet Life a small commission on whatever you buy within 24 hours of starting your shopping from this link. This is an easy way to help the unQuiet conversations going.

Special thanks to our dear friend Carol Kortsch for reading today’s scripture.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Luke 1:46-55
And Mary said:
My soul proclaims the greatness of our God, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;who has looked with favor on this lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: You O God have done great things for me,and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you in every generation.
You have shown the strength of your arm, and have scattered the proud in their conceit.
You have cast down the mighty from their thrones, and have lifted up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things, and the rich you have sent away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise you made to our ancestors, to Abraham and Sarah and their children for ever.

 

In this passage, we hear many references to the generations that have gone before us, and the generations to come. Who are the people who have imparted so much to you? What do you have to pass on to those who come after you? How are you doing that? In what way are you preparing not only yourself but also the next generation for the coming of Jesus?

 

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast here.

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 22, 2015
21 December 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015
The fourth week of Advent

If you have last minute shopping, do it with Amazon here. When you do, Amazon will send unQuiet Life a small commission on whatever you buy within 24 hours of starting your shopping from this link. This is an easy way to help keep the unQuiet conversations going.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Luke 1:26-35
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

 

Mary’s pregnancy and the birth of Jesus were each small steps toward the eventual salvation of the world. They were mere tastes of things yet to come. Often, the promises and blessings of God come to us in tastes. In the ways you are waiting for fulfillment, what tastes can you savor today? How have you seen the beginning of fulfillment? How are you progressing toward the goodness of God?

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast about developing a quiet inner life in a loud outer world. You can listen here.

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 21, 2015
20 December 2015

Sunday, 20 December 2015
The fourth Sunday of Advent


If you have last minute shopping, do it with Amazon here. When you do, Amazon will send unQuiet Life a small commission on whatever you buy within 24 hours of starting your shopping from this link. This is an easy way to help keep the unQuiet conversations going.

Special thanks to our friend Karen Burke for leading the opening liturgy and reading the scripture.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Mic 5:2-5
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. “Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.

What city would you choose to be the least? What people group today represent the low, the ordinary? How do you feel about those people? How do you feel when you think about the global redemption of God’s people coming from the ordinary? How can you make more space in your life, both for ordinary experiences, and ordinary people?

 

 

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast here.

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 20, 2015
19 December 2015

Saturday, 19 December 2015
The third week of Advent

Special thanks to our friend Brad Farris for reading the scripture.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Lk 3:7-16
John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.” The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

John’s message of voluntary social redistribution cuts against the grain of our American culture. He seems to want more than just detached generosity. Rather than simply give money to a food pantry, John would encourage us to go cook and serve at the soup kitchen. This year, instead of donating all the clothes that we haven’t worn in the past year, how about donating your favorite clothes to people who don’t have any? That is what John wanted. He wanted to baptize people who were going to change on the inside.

 

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast here.

Please start all your holiday Amazon shopping here. When you do, Amazon will send us a small commission on whatever you buy within 24 hours of starting your shopping at our site. This is an easy way for you to help pay our production expenses and sustain the unQuiet Life podcast.

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 19, 2015
18 December 2015

Friday, 18 December 2015
The third week of Advent

If you haven’t signed up for the unQuiet Life email list, please do it today. We want to know who is on this journey of inner quiet with us. Click here. We’ll always respect your email address.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Lk 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar–when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene– during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’ “

 

Today, think about how stratified our society is, and what it would be like for every path to be made straight. What would it mean for every valley to be filled in, and every mountain and hill made low? What would it mean in our American context for the crooked roads to become straight, and the rough ways smooth? What would that look like in your neighborhood?

 

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast here.

Please remember to start all your holiday amazon shopping here. When you do, Amazon will send us a small commission on whatever you buy within 24 hours of starting your shopping at our site. This is an easy way to keep unQuiet Life going.

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 18, 2015
17 December 2015

Thursday, 17 December 2015
The third week of Advent

Thanks to Connor Gustafson for reading the scripture today.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Luke 1:67-80
His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us– to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

As you go about your day, think about how God might want to heal your inner world before affecting your outer world. Follow Zechariah’s lead and believe good things for yourself without wishing bad things on others. Ask God where his message through you needs 40 weeks of silent tempering.

 

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast here.

Please remember to start all your holiday amazon shopping here. When you do, Amazon will send us a small commission on whatever you buy within 24 hours of starting your shopping at our site. This is an easy way to keep unQuiet Life going.

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 17, 2015
16 December 2015

Wednesday, 16 December 2015
The third week of Advent


Next Sunday is the Christmas carols service at Brown Line Vineyard in Chicago. Vince would love to meet you. Walk up to him and say “I’m an unquiet lifer.”

Special thanks to our friend Joey Rodil for leading the opening liturgy and reading Luke.

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
Lift up your hearts…
…We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
… It is right and just

Luke 1:57-66
When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

Elizabeth’s friends and relations chose to wonder. When you can’t doubt, but you also have trouble believing, choose wonder. Today, call to mind the things that God may have done around you, even if they are strange and you can’t figure out why. Assume a posture of wondering rather than judging. Live in the un-sure-ness and anticipation that creates.

 

The Lord be with you…
…and with your spirit
May Almighty God Bless you, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
Go in peace
thanks be to God

If you like these advent devotionals, please check out our weekly podcast here.

When you start your holiday amazon shopping here, Amazon will send us a small commission on whatever you buy within 24 hours of starting your shopping at our site. This helps pay our production costs so we can continue having conversations about the unQuiet Life. Thanks for helping us in this way.

CONTACT INFO
vince@unquiet.life
lightning@unquiet.life

 

December 16, 2015