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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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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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It’s Still a Wonderful Life

  “That through death he might . . . deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” —Hebrews 2:15   It happened again. Garth and I cried watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It hits too close to home! We get swept away by the tension even though we know the ending. […]

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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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