Monthly Archives: December 2019

Near Empty

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8) If I was a car, my dashboard … Continue reading

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Where’s the Strength?

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of … Continue reading

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit

I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will enlarge my heart… And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts. (Psalm 119:32,45, NASB) One of the biggest misunderstandings regarding Christianity – both outside and within … Continue reading

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The Terror of Indecision

“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.”  (Torah scholar, Maimonides) From the outside, I probably look like a pretty normal guy.  But for as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from a terrible … Continue reading

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Enriched Generosity

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. (Audrey Hepburn) If you’ve been around long, you know that “balance” is one of my favorite concepts.  That’s why … Continue reading

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Silent and Holy

It was born on Christmas Eve, 1818 in Oberndorf, Austria to “parents” Josef Mohr and Franz Gruber.  The story is told that on the 23rd of December, a traveling group of actors was presenting a Christmas drama taken from the … Continue reading

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Cantique de Noel

At the age of 8, he lost a hand to a shotgun accident.  As a result, he turned his attention to fields of work that would not require two hands, including poetry, journalism, and wine-making.  He would become well-known for … Continue reading

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Orphans and Angels

It’s not among the more popular Christmas carols any longer, but it’s 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 boarding … Continue reading

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The Season and the Reason

May we always remember the connection between the cradle, the cross, and the crown. Jesus was born for one reason – to die for the sins of the world. (To receive free daily devotions via email, sign up at:  https://theteachableheart.com/classrooms-%26-devotions. Continue reading

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THIS Child

The lyrics were written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix.  It was later set to the popular folk tune, Greensleeves.  When he wrote the song, Dix was 29 years-old, and in the throes of deep depression following a long, nearly-fatal … Continue reading

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