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By On December 8th, 2018

The Manger

We have beautiful manger scenes each Christmas. They differ in some respects, but most of them include all the characters of Jesus’ birth story (even though the main characters, including shepherds and wise men were never there at the same time). Almost all depictions include a wooden lean-to that shelters the Holy Family, as well…

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By On December 5th, 2018

Darkness to Light

Before Christianity and Christmas, the Roman world celebrated the holiday of Saturnalia in December. The Saturnalia celebrated counting down to the longest night of the year to anticipate the “rebirth” of the Sun, having experienced deep darkness.  Jesus was possibly born in the spring, given the shepherds out in their fields. No one knows for…

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By On November 30th, 2018

The Gift that Keeps On Giving

If you’re like me, you still have some Christmas gifts to buy. I feel guilty if I fail to give a gift, or give the wrong gift. A lot of pressure is on us at Christmas to come up with the right stuff. Is it better to give than receive? The Christmas story is focused…

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By On November 27th, 2018

Praise God!

We are commanded to praise God, for He deserves our praise. A surprise can come from this, in that many of us feel stronger as we read and reflect on the ancient praise contained in the Bible.  Reading the praise contained in the Bible can open up our eyes to God’s presence in our own…

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By On November 21st, 2018

A Cloud of Witnesses

This Thanksgiving, what I am most thankful for are the people who’ve led and nurtured me in spiritual growth and aided me in spiritual comfort.  True thankfulness—especially in light of our historic Thanksgiving—is thankfulness to God. We can’t have this unless or until someone teaches us about God and leads us to follow Jesus Christ.…

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By On November 18th, 2018

Thanksgiving

Each day—and especially next Thursday—we’ll be giving God thanks for our meal. Thankfully, most of us don’t know what it is to go a day or two without a meal. I’ve traveled in places where food was scarce, whee variety was unknown. We have so much that it’s  easy to forget that we rely on…

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By On November 14th, 2018

Thanks for Family

Be thankful for your family. Tell your kids and grandkids about them.  If you’re a younger adult, take the time and effort to learn about your family, its stories and traditions, and any other thing that you believe might be important to future generations. Remember that this includes you! How did family traditions start in…

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By On November 9th, 2018

Create Thanks

I’m going to write about thankfulness a few times in the next couple of weeks. I’m interested in being thankful, but I’m more interested in how we can create thankfulness.  I would guess that you have a few people in your history for whom you are truly thankful. This comes from something they did, or…

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By On November 4th, 2018

Hope Springs Eternally

Most people sense, believe, or want to believe that there is more to life than just the years we are granted here on Earth. This isn’t something new that came into being with the advance of Christianity, or any other religions. The examples come from as far back as some of the first know examples…

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By On October 31st, 2018

All Hallows’ Day

The end of October and the beginning of November contain interest for the Church. Halloween has come on the last day of October for centuries. People held on to superstitions about death that were expressed on Halloween. The belief (coming from pre-Christian beliefs) was that loose spirits of the dead came out on that day,…

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