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Where am I as God comes down?

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When Christmas rolls around each year, the focus for most of us centers on “God Coming Down.” After all, God’s descent was wonderful, miraculous, and life-changing. But that wasn’t true for everyone, at that first Christmas. Sure, the shepherds and wisemen came, but this...

the light in us is small

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“We cannot trust ourselves too much, because we often lack grace and understanding. The light in us is small, and we soon let even this burn out for lack of care. Moreover, we often fail to notice how inwardly blind we are; for example, we frequently do wrong, and to make matters worse...

Peacemaking

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My wife and I have large families. Within any large family, there is conflict. Sometimes there is a need for reconciliation, and sometimes that process needs a guide—there is a need for a peacemaker. We are called to be reconcilers (Matthew 5:9). But in our day-to-day life, sometimes it's...

Rejoice

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Did you know that the act of intentionally giving thanks and practicing gratitude releases chemicals in our brain that make us less stressed and helps us fend off illness and negative patterns such as criticism and contempt? I don’t know how many verses there are in the Bible about...

Christmas All Over the World

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When my friend in Vienna asked if I wanted to go to the midnight mass at St. Stephen’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve, I was careful not to ask what time it would be held. A stupid question, I thought—like “What’s the number for 911?” Fortunately, he volunteered that...

Open handed

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Dry season had just descended on the Plateau, and the slight chill in the air quickened our steps. We opened the old, rusty gate and found our way along the cracked path to an open courtyard, paved with thick, red dirt, that led to the door. Rose’s beautiful dark face spilled light: She...

Glad tidings of … draff slippers

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“We got you draff slippers,” said the quiet little voice attached to fuzzy pajamas that had snuggled its way under my covers in the pre-dawn darkness the morning after Thanksgiving. “Mmmm,” I said, attempting to signal a deep desire that this little voice would go back...

Christmas every day

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At Christmas time I often hear people say that they wish it could be Christmas every day. I think it makes a lot of sense to celebrate Christmas everyday. According to the following scriptures Christ’s birth was something God had planned and been thinking about for a while. Before Jesus...

the light in the window

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I’ve always enjoyed neighborhood walks at night—but never more so than during the Christmas season. Dark streets and homes are filled with lights shining on windows covered with chalk, acrylics, or cellophane, boldly broadcasting Biblical truths or season’s greetings to...

the groove

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If you are like me this December, you may find yourself in what seems to be a very busy routine. This routine, or as others may refer to it, “the grind,” is often viewed with disdain or resentment because of the hard work and stress it requires. The grind is associated with the...

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