Christmas

Jesus is for Everyone

Jesus Christ. As Christians we know there is power in His name; in fact, we define ourselves by it.  We open and close every prayer with His name, knowing that it will be heard by our Father. We take care not to use it in vain, to say His name with reverence. But come December, it can slip our minds that "His name prefixes Christmas," that...

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A Social Network Christmas
A Social Network Christmas

What's on your mind? We just love, love, love telling the world what we're up to: what our morning bagel looks like and how cute our dogs look in elf costumes. We communicate through status-posting, instagramming, and tweeting; and almost everyone is on board. This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a...

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Advent: God With Us
Advent: God With Us

'Tis the season to decorate Christmas trees, drink hot cocoa, and wear warm fuzzy sweaters. 'Tis the season that abounds with chocolate as children count down the days to Christmas Eve with Advent calendars. Is this what Advent is all about? Advent is a time of waiting. A time of waiting for a fragile and vulnerable infant to bring us hope, joy,...

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Angel Boy
Angel Boy

We heard shrill shouts and the dull thud of coconuts hitting the wall. From granny's bedroom where my brother and I were supposed to be sleeping, we listened to the drunken brawl pitting my mother against my aunt. After my mom ducked the coconuts, my aunt pulled a knife on her. Mom retreated behind a locked door, but kept the stream of insults flowing. Outside,...

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Putting the Fun in Dysfunction
Putting the Fun in Dysfunction

This isn't the stereotypical a-little-too-happy-to-be-real family Christmas. But it's likely one the Klassen family will remember for quite awhile! How do you feel about your family times this holiday?  Tell us what you think Are you dreading Christmas this year? Popular indie musician Sufjan Stevens sings in his song "That Was the Worst Christmas...

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The Greatest Gift
The Greatest Gift

What is the greatest gift you've ever been given at Christmas time? Maybe it was that new ten-speed bike at age twelve, or a highly prized trinket you received from a special someone that holds special sentimental value. In this video, Santa Claus (the patron saint of snowy holiday consumerism) suggests that the greatest gift of the Christmas season...

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Is the Christmas Story True? Does it Still Matter Today?
Is the Christmas Story True? Does it Still Matter Today?

The story is old and has been told well many, many times. The story of an inn, a pregnant virgin, a stable, a manger, a star and a king. It's a story that never grows old that Someone with a very creative mind and loving heart planned thousands of years ago when things didn't work out in the garden. It's an unlikely story with humble beginnings.....

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Do You See?
Do You See?

"See what you have to look forward to now?" The whisper in my ear made my smile widen. It was Dec. 10th and we were on our first outing with our new baby. She was only 10 days old, but we braved the frigid Yukon winter to attend the Christmas pageant at a small mission church. I knew the service wouldn't be a grand production. The "church"...

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