Written Off | Best Advent Ever | December 14, 2018

  When I lead our Dynamic Catholic Find Your Greatness event, George Lower, my musician, opens the second session with a song: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, your perfect love is casting out fear. And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life, I won’t turn back, I know you’re near.” Source: Written Off | Best Advent Ever | December 14, 2018Share this:Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new...

Too Far Gone | Best Advent Ever | December 13, 2018

      Allen Hunt A total loss. Have you ever suffered a total loss in your life, or felt like your life was a total loss? I don’t think God even knows the meaning of that phrase. From The Turning Point Sadly, one of my dear friends had passed away, and his family was visiting with our family. And so I decided that I would help his daughter learn how to drive. I was teaching both of my daughters how to drive, and so I thought, you know, “What’s one more student out there in the driveway?” So we had our little minivan, an old minivan, and each of my daughters got into the van, and I had them drive to the end of the driveway—a few hundred yards—turn around, and come back, just to kind of practice so they’d get comfortable and not be intimidated being in the car. So Katherine got into the car, into the van, and the engine was running, and we both put on our seat belts, and I said, “Now, have you ever driven anything?” She said, “Well, you know, I’ve been in a go-kart and I’ve been in bumper cars and...

God of Abundance | Best Advent Ever | December 12, 2018

  Allen Hunt Abundance. In John 10, Jesus makes it clear that’s why he came: to give you and me an abundant life. It’s possible to have an abundance of stuff, but to still feel empty on the inside—and we miss the point. It’s God’s grace that provides the abundance for our souls. From The Turning Point We’ll call them Angie, Susan, and Gary: three little kids, lived not too far from where I used to live, and really everything was stacked against them. Dad had abandoned the family; Mom was in prison for drug convictions. And so their aunt took in the three little Garvey kids because they had nowhere else to go. They didn’t have any supervision, and so these three kids grew up rough. So they were poor, they didn’t have much support, they didn’t have much love. But somebody from the parish began to serve as a volunteer, as a mentor, there at the school. And she noticed these three Garvey kids. And so she recruited a couple of other people from the parish to come, and they would work with the kids for a half hour or an hour a couple times a week,...

Seven Miracles | Best Advent Ever | December 11, 2018

  Allen Hunt We all have shortages in our lives, and we can’t control a lot of them. But Jesus really and truly is interested in every aspect of your life. The Gospel of John makes that powerfully clear. From The Turning Point So just like John gives us the seven “I AM” sayings of Jesus to show us how Jesus reveals God, he also gives these seven signs. The first one is the one we’ve been looking at in chapter two, where there’s a shortage of wine and Jesus converts water into wine and all of a sudden we’ve got wine extravaganza—abundance of wine. The next one comes in John 4. There’s a desperate father. His son is nearing death, so he goes to Jesus, and he says, “Can you please help my son?” And Jesus converts sickness into health. Where once there was a shortage of health, now there’s an abundance. And the boy lives. For the third sign, we go to the fifth chapter of John. There’s a man who’s been lying by a pool for thirty-eight years. He’s paralyzed. Jesus comes up to this man who’s been lying there for thirty-eight years, and says, “Would...

The Little Things | Best Advent Ever | December 10, 2018

  Allen Hunt “The devil’s in the details.” You know, I’ve heard that phrase a million times. But I had an old teacher who taught me that the exact opposite may actually be the truth. Jesus often shows up in the little things. Maybe, just maybe, it’s Jesus—not the devil—who’s in the details. From The Turning Point You remember the story: Jesus and his mother Mary and the disciples had been invited to a wedding feast (wedding party) at Cana in Galilee. In verse three, there’s no wine—the wine has run out. They had those six large jugs (or vats) of wine, each one holding maybe twenty-five gallons or so, and the wine has run out. And Mary, John shows us, knows immediately what to do: when there’s a shortage, go to Jesus. And then she says to the attendants, “Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.” And so Jesus says, “Take those six jugs, six vats, and fill them up with water.” And they do that. And then he says, “Now draw some out and take it to the attendant,” or, “Take it to the steward of the wedding.” And lo and behold, Jesus is off the chain....

Preparing the Way | Best Advent Ever | December 9, 2018

Please click on the image above or the link at the bottom to watch today’s video. Matthew Kelly Today in the Gospel, we hear about John the Baptist. John the Baptist, he went out into the desert to prepare. We’re preparing for Christmas. John the Baptist, he left everything behind, he went out into the desert to prepare for the mission that God was calling him to. And then when he came back, he announced to the people, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” So his mission was a mission of preparation. He was calling out to people saying, “The Messiah is coming. He’s coming soon. Prepare your hearts, prepare your life, prepare your relationships. Put your life back in order. Turn back to God. Make God a priority. Put God at the center of your life. Put God at the center of your decision-making.” John the Baptist is one of these epic figures in the Bible and yet, I think it’s a mistake for us to sort of set him far away from us. I think we have to enter into sort of what his relationship was with Jesus, what his relationship was with the people of that...
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