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Christmas: Why We Do What We Do

We celebrate Christmas because about 2013 years ago, God sent His Son to earth to save us. A lot has changed since that day when it comes to the way we celebrate! Many of us celebrate Christmas by bringing evergreen trees into our living room and hanging oversized socks by the fireplace. We encourage our children to behave so that a fat man in a...

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The Christmas Story

The Gospel according to Luke (Luke 2:1-20) About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's hometown,...... > more

Let All the Earth Rejoice!

“Rejoice greatly, O my people! Shout with joy! For look-your King is coming! He is the Righteous One, the Victor!”  (Zechariah 9:9, TLB)  Can you picture the scene? Night unfolds its veil of darkness across the light of day. Shimmering constellations fade as one bright star sets the ebony sky ablaze. Flocks lie still and serene in the field. Shepherds gather around a flickering fire... > more

Finding Some Peace on Earth

"Silent night, Holy night. All is calm, all is bright..." The carols try to tell us that this is a calm and silent time of year. But for most of us, the weeks leading up to Christmas can be anything but calm. You know the drill: office parties, shopping, baking, wrapping, relatives, Christmas plays and everyone's favorite - family pictures. It's... > more

Surviving Step-Christmas

The Christmas season is always a time to fit in as many family functions as possible. Many families have relatives come to town from all over. It’s a busy time for everyone. All families have to prioritize their time. With divorced parents, those priorities can be a struggle. When parents are divorced, the holidays can become a game of... > more

Divorcing: My Messy Christmas

My daughter, Michelle, opened the oven – the cake was a flop!  It was supposed to be a layer cake.  She had planned a luscious filling, and either fluffy frosting or flowers created with fondant.  It would have been almost too beautiful to eat.  But an ingredient was too old, or the oven temperature was wrong, and there it... > more

Home for Christmas

Are you lonely this Christmas? Come talk to a mentor. In 1962 I was preaching in Indianapolis, Indiana. I was single and it was Christmas time. I was heading home to Michigan to enjoy the holidays with my family. It was an extremely cold day and it was snowing. The wind was howling out of the north, blowing thick clouds of... > more

Making Room This Christmas

One of the simplest ways to reach out to your community is start with what you are already doing.  Generosity doesn’t have to be a grand sweeping gesture.  Generosity, at its core, is simple saying: This is what I have, do you need some? It’s that willingness to make it stretch, the open hand that breaks off a piece... > more

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