Category Archives: A New Kind of Christmas

11.25.08 Tuesday Insights from Pastor Molly Simpson

It’s odd, ironic even, that so often I find myself thinking that I am limitless and God is manageable, someone I can get my mind around. 

The words in Isaiah 40:6-15 help me realign my thoughts… we are grass that withers, but our God endures forever.  Our Sovereign Lord is powerful, willing and able to lead us as a shepherd, and able to contain the vastness of creation within his hands.  We are taught the things that we learn and we have others that show us the way, but God needs no teacher, no leader.

I love this song “Small,” by JJ Heller.  Check it out here:

My favorite line is “You’re closer than the tiny thoughts I have of you, but I could never fathom you at all.”  God is both very near and vast beyond measure. 

You know, when I get to thinking that God is small, I don’t have to trust God.  No need to expect much from small God.  No reason to be vulnerable–I can keep leading the way and making the decisions.  Scriptures like this one remind me that I’m the one that is small. 

So, I have to pause and give serious consideration to our GPS questions:

Are you willing to let God be your shepherd, or do you feel a need to hold onto ultimate control of your own life?

Do you trust in God’s power and promises above all others, and if so, for what reasons?


Molly is the Campus Pastor at Resurrection West and can be reached by email at




11.24.08 Monday Insights from Pastor Andrew Conard

Most of the time when I read this passage, I focus on verses three to five. These verses are often interpreted to be tied with the hope of a coming Messiah and the birth of Jesus.

But today is a little bit different. I find myself focusing on the first verse. From Today’s New International Version,

Comfort, comfort my people,  says your God.

These words from God seem to be both a command to provide comfort for others and a reminder of God’s comfort for God’s people. As God’s people, I believe that we are called to be active in caring for those who are in need of physical, mental and spiritual comfort. As equally as we are called to provide comfort and care for others, I believe that we are called to receive comfort and care from others.

I sometimes resist others caring for me. This is often because of pride and the misdirected belief that I can always care for myself. I invite you today to allow yourself, in whatever ways make sense, to both comfort someone else and to allow someone else to comfort you.