Monthly Archives: December 2014

Worry or Wonder

Admittedly, it wasn’t the most encouraging update that has ever been delivered – but it was true.  When our missionary friends in Africa asked how our plans for our upcoming mission trip were coming along, we had to acknowledge that … Continue reading

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Bittersweet

Bittersweet. There’s no better word to describe it. One of my extended family’s traditions over the holidays is to gather around Mom’s piano and sing Christmas carols together. It’s been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. … Continue reading

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The Gift

Christmas has come and gone yet again. But before life has a chance to return to “normal,” I want to take some time and consider how I will use the gifts I’ve received. On more than one occasion, I’ve written … Continue reading

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The Harvest

It was 6:17pm on Christmas night when we passed by it on the way to Grandma’s house.  Every other business we had passed that day was closed, but this one was open and the parking lot was packed. My surprise … Continue reading

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Pain and Peace

Following a discussion with a friend about God’s ability to use the deepest pain in our lives to bring forth fruit that nourishes others, I stumbled across another example in the story behind a popular Christmas carol. This carol started … Continue reading

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Covered

As I rounded the corner and entered the kitchen, the change was so drastic that even I couldn’t miss it! When I had gone to bed the night before, the table was the same old cluttered and beaten up thing … Continue reading

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Enough

I was sitting in an otherwise quiet house listening to some Christmas music and enjoying the soft glow coming from the tree.   As I looked around, I saw a bunch of “stuff” that makes up what we may call “Christmas.”  … Continue reading

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The Bloodline and the Blood

As the time comes to remember Christ as a baby, it’s natural to review his roots. When Matthew sat down to write his gospel, the first thing he mentioned was the genealogy of Jesus. As a general rule, genealogical listings … Continue reading

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The Act of Forgiving

His movies, dating back more than 20 years, include films such as The Planet of the Apes, The Perfect Storm, and The Italian Job. Soon, he will star as Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man (where he undoubtedly … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Chance

I saw the quote on a plaque inside a national theme park. Nobel Prize winner, Albert Camus, once said, “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” As I strolled through the park the rest of the day, those … Continue reading

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