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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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4 (more) New Year’s resolutions for a better family

Praying with your children

My youngest son was born six months ago this month. During that time he has learned to hold his head up, grab toys, roll over, and—my favorite —smile. It’s been an incredible short journey, but it certainly doesn’t seem like ...

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Gratitude for the good and the bad

thankfulness

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28 (KJV) I heard the story told recently about a king in Africa ...

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Dealing with grief during the holidays

holiday grief

As long as I can remember I have gone over to my parents’ home for the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day were always spent with extended family members at the old homestead. This holiday season is going to ...

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Setting a bigger table

Thanksgiving

The holiday season usually involves family, and for some people that’s a good thing. For others, not so much. The first book I had published was about being a new father. That led to a lot of other writing about ...

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Sunday… Resurrection Morning

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to see the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, because an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled ...

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Saturday… the Journey to the Cross

The chief priests and Pharisees go before Pilate and remind him that Jesus said in three days He would rise. They think that the disciples or followers of Jesus want to steal Jesus’ body so they tell Pilate to seal ...

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Friday… the Journey to the Cross

Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested by the authorities sometime after Thursday midnight, so on in the early hours of Friday morning the first trial of Jesus is set in motion. Jesus is before the former high priest Annas, ...

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