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The Unexpected Visitors: God’s Message To Us Today Through The Curious Visitors in Matthew 2:1-15
The Unexpected Visitors: God’s Message To Us Today Through The Curious Visitors in Matthew 2:1-15

The Unexpected Visitors: God’s Message To Us Today Through The Curious Visitors in Matthew 2:1-15

I used to have a Hebrew professor who would give us a passage in the Hebrew. We were to translate it and then interpret it. I gave this one sermon, which was just outstanding, I thought. And the class also greatly enjoyed it. The professor smiled approvingly after...

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Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas
Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

“I’m clinically depressed,” she said. One of my family members, who is a lifelong Christian, spoke these words to me one Christmas several years ago. I was surprised to hear her admission because she always seemed so joyful. She and I have been close since...

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Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays
Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

“Come behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King; He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity. In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come; look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.”[1] As we...

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A Reason Loss Moms Can Rejoice this Christmas
A Reason Loss Moms Can Rejoice this Christmas

A Reason Loss Moms Can Rejoice this Christmas

Family holiday dinners are something I've always looked forward to, especially once I became "Mrs. Allen." Fellowship and laughter fill the room and joy fills my heart. But in this season of our life, these dinners have become bittersweet as I remember our three...

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Depression, Discouragement, and Hope in Christ During the Holidays
Depression, Discouragement, and Hope in Christ During the Holidays

Depression, Discouragement, and Hope in Christ During the Holidays

The Holidays are a time when many people have a challenging time with depression. Whether from the reminder of a loss of a loved one at this time of year, a divorce, a broken heart, broken friendships and marriages on the verge of collapse, the Holidays are often...

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Preparing a Table of Kindness This Holiday Season
Preparing a Table of Kindness This Holiday Season

Preparing a Table of Kindness This Holiday Season

Being a bit of a dish maven, I absolutely love a beautifully set table. I could spend hours making a table look like something straight out of the “tablescaping” contests when the mood strikes, but time constraints keep me from going completely table décor hog wild...

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10 Things You Should Know about Christmas
10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

1. Jesus is the reason for the season. The primary purpose for observing Christmas is remembering Jesus’s birth. At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’s birthday, not the little drummer boy or Santa Claus! 2. Jesus preexisted with God in the beginning before the world...

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Knowing the Joy of Christ During the Holidays
Knowing the Joy of Christ During the Holidays

Knowing the Joy of Christ During the Holidays

John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Most of you reading this have never met me, but I used to be quite the scrooge during the holidays, especially Christmas. At the time it never felt...

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Am I Alone in This? Celebrating Family-Centered Holidays Without a Family
Am I Alone in This? Celebrating Family-Centered Holidays Without a Family

Am I Alone in This? Celebrating Family-Centered Holidays Without a Family

Single Christians are distinctly suited to identify with Christ during Advent. Their situation uniquely positions them to challenge the spiritual status quo by meditating on Christ’s Incarnation and demonstrating what they’re learning to other believers. To do so,...

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Serving In the Background: Joseph, the Father of Jesus
Serving In the Background: Joseph, the Father of Jesus

Serving In the Background: Joseph, the Father of Jesus

As the story of the birth of Jesus is told and retold, there are many characters whom we frequently hear mentioned: the Virgin Mary, the Magi (wise men), the Shepherds in the field. But one person who is represented in every manger scene, but rarely even mentioned,...

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Introduction to Discovering Joy in Christ During the Holidays
Introduction to Discovering Joy in Christ During the Holidays

Introduction to Discovering Joy in Christ During the Holidays

The Holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) are often tough times for a variety of people facing a variety of different circumstances. For my wife and I, we go up to Southern Idaho to visit our friends and family during Christmas, and I often visit my parents in...

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