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Joy for the Day After Christmas, and the Day After That

  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. -Romans 5:5   On this 20-degree day after Christmas, a little boy across the street bounces with glee, chasing a remote-control truck up […]

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A Christmas Longing

Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever. –Psalm 23:6   Before my dad lost his battle with lung cancer, he helped me memorize Psalm 23. The year I graduated from high school, he died. In December. And […]

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How to Receive God’s Christmas Gift to You

  *Hey friends, as 2016 comes to a close, are you reeling from the snowball effect of challenging life events? Could you use some more peace of mind and joy of heart? I hope you’ll join me as I reflect on John Piper’s daily Advent readings. In the days leading up to Christmas, you can […]

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From How God? to Hallelujah

  Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen?” -Luke 1:34   It’s morning as Garth and I stand together at the kitchen window, cradling glasses of fresh-pressed juice and watching the snow fall. “You have to make your health priority one,” I say. “Yeah,” he says. “But how?” We both think we know […]

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Treasuring and Pondering

  But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. —Luke 2:19   Between the angels and the shepherds, there’s a whole lot of praising and glorifying going on in the Christmas story. But in the center of it all we see Mary, still and serene. Treasuring. Pondering. Here’s what I take from […]

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What Can I Give?

They saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. —Matthew 2:10–11   I’ve always struggled to come up with gift ideas for my father-in-law. What do you give someone who has everything? The […]

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Don’t Miss the Magic

  About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. –Matthew 2:2-3   Call me crazy. […]

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Peace in the Forest

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” —Matthew 2:2   Today I’m pondering God’s global influence to draw to himself all whose hearts are prepared. Bringing peace to those who recognize their need and have made him room. To […]

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