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“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”  ~ Psalm 126:5

Third Week of Advent

Some suggested scripture readings for the third Sunday of Advent, from the Book of Common Prayer.

  • Old Testament Reading  –  Isaiah 65:17-25
  • New Testament Reading - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
  • Gospel Reading – John 1:6-8, 19-28
  • Psalms Reading – Psalm 126

The Third Candle of Advent (Joy)

In most traditions the third week of Advent is when we light the pink candle, or the Candle of Joy.  It’s pink to symbolize a shift away from repentance, toward celebration.

Prophetic Verse: “And the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” ~ Isaiah 35:10
Fulfillment: “Then as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olive, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’” ~ Luke 19:37-38
Ultimate Completion: “And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.’”

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If you missed yesterday’s edition of Bible or Not, please find the phrases below.

“‘Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” William Shakespeare

“So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.” Ezekiel 3:2

“The discontented man finds no easy chair.” Benjamin Franklin



Joan C. Webb wrote the book The Relief of Imperfection. She talks about how it is good to serve others as the bible commands, but, sometimes we over-commit to serving.

Learn more at her website by clicking here.

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If you missed yesterday’s edition of Bible or Not. The phrases and answers are below.

“Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live.” Deuteronomy 23:6

“You have taken me from my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;” Psalm 88:8

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2

“He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’ ‘No,’ they answered.” John 21:5

“Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in yoru case – the things that have to do with salvation.” Hebrews 6:9

“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.” 2 Peter 3:1




The new boxes of Twinkies are back on store shelves, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember – 38.5 grams instead of 42.5.  Still, if you’re going to indulge, it could take you a while to burn off the calories in just ONE Twinkie.

  • Hiking: 22 minutes
  • Walking (slow pace): 50 minutes
  • Jogging: 20 minutes
  • Swimming (vigorously): 13 minutes
  • Jumping rope: 15 minutes
  • Scrubbing the floor: 30 minutes
  • Running up the stairs: 10 minutes
Pineapple Whip
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional, for authentic sweetness)
  1. Freeze the pineapple chunks. Either chop ahead and freeze them overnight, or buy frozen pineapple.  You’ll need enough to reach the 6-7 cup mark on your blender pitcher. (This recipe works best in a high-speed blender, because you’ll need to be able to pulverize the frozen pineapple into an ice-cream-like consistency. A normal blender will most likely not work, but a food processor might.)
  2. Combine the frozen pineapple with the almond milk and honey, then blend until a frozen sorbet texture is achieved.
  3. For an authentic Dole Whip presentation, transfer the frozen dessert to a large plastic bag, and cut off the tip to create a piping bag. Pipe the pineapple whip into 4-6 dishes, and serve.
  4. Any leftovers (yeah, right) can be frozen in an ice cube tray, and used in smoothies later!

Remember the Family Life Radio Virtual Ice Cream Social is coming up this Friday!