Monthly Archives: December 2016

Light of the World

Not long ago, we looked at the tradition of hanging stockings during the Christmas season.  Today, I’d like to spend a moment thinking about perhaps the grand-daddy of all traditions – the Christmas tree. According to various reports, the first … Continue reading

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Orphans and Angels

It’s not among the more popular Christmas carols any longer, but it was one of my mom’s favorites.  I found the back story of its writer, James Montgomery, fascinating. When he was only 5, Montgomery’s parents left him in a … Continue reading

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Fish Guts

The command was the same both times – “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach…” (Jonah 1:2, 3:2). The first time, Jonah refused.  Instead he ran as far from God and Nineveh as possible. The second time, however, “Jonah … Continue reading

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The Cradle and the Cross

It’s the middle of December, and my quiet time has me in 1 John, where I came across this, “This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice … Continue reading

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Never In Doubt?

Former CBS journalist, Eric Sevareid, once quipped, “Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.”  Touché’! As a pharmacist, I used to tell family members and friends that the amount … Continue reading

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The Impact

Daniel was quite a guy.  He served Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, until the Babylonians were overthrown by the Persians.  Daniel was then retained by the Persian king, Darius.  So excellent was Daniel at his work that other members of Darius’ … Continue reading

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Stuffed Stockings

If your home is much like ours, it is currently full of Christmas-related “stuff” that emerges each year for its annual display.  But, have you ever wondered WHY we follow many of the traditions that we do?  For example, why … Continue reading

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Bookends

Hosea is a little known prophet, with a little known book.  It’s tucked away between Daniel and Joel.  In a nutshell it describes the unfaithfulness of Israel and God’s discipline and restoration of His people.  While written in the 7th … Continue reading

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Because of Mercy

In the 9th chapter of the book that bears his name, Daniel was so overwhelmed with what faced Israel that he went before God in prayer on their behalf.  In his prayer we find principles that apply to us today. … Continue reading

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Oh Tannenbaum

We put our Christmas tree up the other night.  It’s always one of my favorite days of the year.  We drag out about 100 storage boxes containing the various decorations that have been accumulated over the years.  We listen to … Continue reading

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