Monthly Archives: December 2014

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What Not To Say To A Pregnant Woman

[Updated from the archives.] *** The other day we looked at the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary, announcing to her God’s plans in her impending pregnancy. But some people aren’t so good at knowing what to say to … Continue reading

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Finding Happiness in Winter

There are two songs guaranteed to make my heart bounce happily: Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and just about anyone’s version of “Winter Wonderland”. So imagine my grins when I put on my new Christmas album and heard this: … Continue reading

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Gabriel Told Mary Not To Fear Being Pregnant?

[From the archives: a Christmas guest post from Dorothy Greco.] *** Americans generally don’t associate fear with Christmas. We tend to sanitize and commercialize the holiday, throwing in omniscient Santas and schmaltzy music for good measure. Even when we dramatize … Continue reading

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Christmas Elves and the Kingdom of God

If Santa ever needs more little helpers, Thailand has them ready and waiting: Did you notice the wristbands getting scanned? Also, if you look carefully about half way through the video you’ll see someone looking not at all elfin: a … Continue reading

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Graduation Time South of the Equator, PNG Style!

When you teach in Papua New Guinea, your students graduate in December, not June. Here’s a report from Jan and Doug Hanson at the Christian Leaders’ Training College.* ***      One thing we like about the southern hemisphere calendar is … Continue reading

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Favoritism Has Its Place

[Updated from the archives.] *** Have you ever felt the sting of someone playing favorites and leaving you on the outside? It might have happened in your family among siblings, or in school with a teacher, or at work with … Continue reading

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God’s Justice, God’s Way – Psalm 137

Reports of new injustices come up every day, both here in the United States and overseas, and they seem to be coming more rapidly as each day passes. Many people ask why this is happening, and many people of faith wonder where … Continue reading

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Christmas Presents – Never Enough Money

No one can redeem the life of another     or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly,     no payment is ever enough— so that they should live on forever     and not see decay. (Psalm … Continue reading

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Advent, Desiring Jesus, and the World Singing for Joy

I watched and felt chills running through me, eyes starting to water, breathing coming shallow, all because of the beauty in music reminding me of our Savior’s coming. When they played Jesu, Joy of Mans’ Desiring, I couldn’t stop thinking … Continue reading

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