Putting the Decorations Away

by Dan Jean “The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joyfully.”  2 Chronicles 30:23 The anticipation of the big day is a memory. The gifts have all been unwrapped. The guests have gone home. It is time to...
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God’s Present

By Sandra Peters Jude 1:24-25 Hallelujah, it’s Christmas Eve and we are celebrating the Present of presents! King of kings!  Lord of lords! Yes! Jesus Christ!! The ultimate Present from God!!! Thanks be to God!!!! Think about all that has happened in 2016. God through His Beloved...
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Indescribable and Glorious Joy

By Edgar Twedt 1 Peter 1:8 6 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith – being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory...
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Joy, Hope, and Rest

By Nora O. Lozano Psalm 40:16 Psalm 40 is full of contrasts. On the one hand, the Psalmist writes about his own difficult experiences: Being in a desolate pit, and a miry bog (verse 1) For evils have encompassed me without number; my iniquities have overtaken me…; they are more...
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Love Flowing

By Dan Jean Romans 12:9-12 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,...
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Moving into Calling

By Lance Mayes John 1:14 The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14 The Message Moving. It is an overwhelming...
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Tiny Living

By Linda Mason Luke 1:46-48 If we are truthful, it’s not always easy to be joyful. Mary found herself in a less than desirable situation, and yet, she embraced her circumstances because she realized it was going to result in good for the entire world. Many things can bring...
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The Practice of Celebration

By Christyn Baer Isaiah 9:2-3 “Joy” might be my favorite Christmas word; I can’t think of another that produces such a deep and overflowing feeling of excitement. In The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg addresses “The Practice of Celebration.” He reminds us that Joy is at...
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Sowing Seeds and Waiting for the Harvest

By Barbara Higdon Psalm 126 We appear to be a nation depressed and angry. We cry out to God to “restore our fortunes.” We rail against the failures of our leaders in whom we placed our trust. Greed, corruption and power-lust have invaded many of our political offices. Many are...
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The Gift is Here

  By Garrett Vickrey John 3:16 It’s here. Christmas. Joy to the world! The Lord is Come! What will we see now? We have been keeping watch for so long. Have our eyes grown red at the moment it is time to enjoy the fruits of their labor? Christ is come. Watch. And see....
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