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Happy Christian New Year! If you're scratching your head at this greeting, you'll want to jump into this advent conversation with Aaron Damiani. Aaron will take us back to some of the early church traditions regarding the celebration of the birth of Christ and how these can add depth, insight, and connection to this time of preparation for Christmas.
What word or lesson comes to mind when reading about how the birth of Jesus came about? During our Tuesday devotional teaching, Pastor Gerad Hall will focus on an "obstacle of obeying." Be listening to hear one of the lessons God has for us this Christmas as we study the very first Christmas on Ken and Deb in the Morning.
Aaron Damiani (MA, Biblical Exegesis) serves as the lead pastor of Immanuel Anglican Church in Chicago and is the author of The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent and Earth Filled with Heaven: Finding Life in Liturgy, Sacraments and other Ancient Practices of the Church. Aaron writes and speaks regularly about spiritual formation, leadership, and recovering the gifts of the ancient church for today's challenges. Aaron and his wife Laura live with their four kids in Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood.
Gerad Hall serves as a representative for Iowa, Missouri, and southern Illinois. Gerad is from the Quad Cities region of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Moody. Prior to coming on staff with Moody, he served as a family pastor in East Moline, Illinois, for more than nine years. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for more than 10 years and have three sons.