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Adventure

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A boring life is not a satisfactory life for most of us. We want more out of life and if we don’t have it…we seek it!  Sky diving, motorcycling, stock market, the lottery, marriage, and even having children.  And yet, those of us who are Christians have a personal...

Not Always Wonderful

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It's so easy to think of Christmas as this wonderful, happy time of year. It is easy to think of it as a time when people get together with the ones they love, celebrate and have nothing but joy to share. However, that is not always the case. For some people, the holiday season is hard...

Time Matters

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By this time, I suspect you are wondering if you are going to get everything done before the 25th.  Each time you hear how few shopping days are left until Christmas, you tense up.  When you realize you just missed the biggest sale of the year, your enthusiasm sags.  Is it really...

Isaiah 9:6-7

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For unto us a Child is born,Unto us a Son is given;And the government will be upon His shoulder.And His name will be calledWonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peaceThere will be no end,Upon the throne of David and over His...

Quiet

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Christmas is a busy, hectic time of year. We all know it. We all expect it. We all learn to cope with it. We get through the next program, next event, next dinner, all the while stressed and exhausted by the "most wonderful time of year." In the busyness of your holiday season, remember to find...

Psalm 46

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As we lift up the families affected by the Newtown shootings, pray this Psalm with us. Psalm 46 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and...

Christmas Magic

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As a child, I loved the magic of Christmas. I believed in the mystery of Santa, the elves working hard to get all the presents made, the wonder of it all...Christmas is the perfect time to be a child and to believe in the impossible and improbable. My imagination ran wild and I even managed to...

Comparison Shopping

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Have you ever heard the expression “it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick”? It doesn’t even, matter what you are comparing to the sharp stick. Pretty much anything is better than that! We are really into comparisons. Whatever you are buying, you want to...

The Gift of Peace

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Among the songs of Christmas that ring with the theme of peace, one grew out of a period of history that was anything but peaceful.     One of my favorite songs is a truly American Christmas carol, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Tragedy struck the Longfellow family...

For Unto Us a Child is Born

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For unto us a child is born....   There is something special about having a baby in the house at Christmastime. Maybe it's because Grandma & Grandpa have an excuse to buy toys and be kids again themselves. Maybe it's the promise of hope for the future that comes with a new life. Not...

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