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The Christmas Story

Christmas story

Long ago, about 2000 years, when King Herod ruled Judea (now part of Israel), God sent the angel Gabriel to a young women who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl’s name was Mary and she was engaged ...

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Winter incident provokes warm memories

Snow

It’s winter, but you’d never know it by looking out my window right now. I read about winter storms, mountains getting snow, motorists stranded, power outages, and yet all of those reports are from places where winter really means something. ...

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Don’t sweat the small stuff

stress

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” — Jesus What if you could slow down the effects of stress and time on your body by taking a daily pill? There are no negative ...

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Bread winner: Provoking harmony with kind acts

Gift of bread

When my wife and I first moved into the house we live in now, our next-door neighbors had their own business and worked out of their home. They seemed nice enough, although they had a rough edge or two. They ...

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Celebrating Christ-centered holidays

Christmas manger

Have you ever felt like “the holidays” have become a blur? With the unofficial start of the season now showing up just before Halloween, it often seems way too early to see Christmas decorations. In reality, though, Halloween is just ...

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Christmas through the fog

Christmas

Mother was still as we drove the meandering roadway quickly becoming snow-covered. She faced the side window, watching the swirling snow, and mumbling sharp words I couldn’t make out. I mumbled too, aggravated that a jack-knifed semi blocked the expressway ...

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