An Advent Hymn and Hope

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : a:0:{} Come, Thou long expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart. Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious Kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all …

Redeemed Voices

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : Psalm 96 Sing to the Lord a new song. (v. 1) I have a problem. I love to sing. But I have a terrible singing voice. My voice is a testimony to the fallenness of creation. Some people are blessed with voices that inspire grace and beauty. Mine inspires the world to “run away!” This is a problem because God’s people sing! Psalm 96 witnesses to the place singing has in the Christian life: “Sing to the Lord …

The Real World

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : Hebrews 1:1-12 Let all God’s angels worship him. (v. 6) Christian worship is where we participate in the really real world. In worship, an alternative reality unfolds and invites us to experience a different rhythm: a rhythm of revelation and response. Worship is a rhythm by which we respond to God’s revelation. Revelation is the event of God speaking to us through his Son, Jesus. This Son, Jesus, is the reality behind reality. He is the reality because …

Endless Peace

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : Isaiah 9:2-7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. (v. 7) Endless peace. Whether we’re thinking of our need to recover from the craziness of the Christmas season or pondering the conflict-ridden state of the world, we all long for peace. And if that peace could be endless, how …

The Truth Is Here

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. (v. 11) In The X-Files, a sci-fi television series about a huge, on-going government conspiracy to cover-up the existence of extraterrestrials, the theme was: “The truth is out there.” Agent Mulder, a top secret FBI agent, was constantly on the hunt, trying to find empirical evidence for his faith. He wanted conclusive proof that there was life outside of our world. He wanted to prove …

A Humble Birth

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : Luke 2:1-20 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (vv. 10-11) The glory and wonder of these words, spoken to shepherds as they watched their flocks, hardly prepares us for what comes next. After heralding the birth of the Savior, …