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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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the magic

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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Kings and Neighbors

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” —Matthew 2:1–2 Is it possible to pity and envy someone at the same time? He caught my eye at a […]

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Where I Find Peace for Today

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”  At […]

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for loves sake

The Poor King Who Made Me Rich

So the long-awaited Messiah, God incarnate, was forced to make his arrival in a rudimentary barn that reeked of animal poo? Seems like pretty poor planning–perhaps a tactical error by the Almighty? Unless it wasn’t. Doesn’t a God-ordained no-vacancy sign in Bethlehem align with everything else I know about his thirty-odd years in human flesh? […]

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A Big God for Little People

  How radical, how counter-cultural that God’s place of honor is not in the headlines. Or in the Oval Office. Or on the cover of People magazine. Lord, just because I’m still a nobody in the world’s eyes and I faced hard things this year, it doesn’t mean you’re weakening or removing your hand from […]

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not-so-great expectations

Not-So-Great Expectations

  I remain confident of this:     I will see the goodness of the Lord     in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 It’s been the best of times; it’s been the worst of times. Okay, I realize I’m mixing my Dickens references, but after a year marked by both jubilant celebrations and scorching heartaches, that’s how […]

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