favorite gift

I remember visiting the mall and telling Santa all I wanted for Christmas.  How about you?  Some years the list was embarrassingly long.  Probably like me, you forget all the presents over time, but I bet one stands out.  What was your favorite Christmas gift ever? The greatest Christmas gift No cheating.  We all know…

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peace

Christmas is rapidly approaching.  There are gifts to buy and cookies to bake and gifts to buy and presents to wrap and gifts to buy and cards to send.  Just thinking about it makes one dizzy.  All I want for Christmas is peace.  How about you? The Challenge of Christmas I was giving the invocation…

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christmas

Merry Christmas!  Daniel, Helen, myself and Joseph wish you all the best as you celebrate with friends and family.  Count your blessings.  There are many who suffer greatly at this time of year.  Would you consider joining our family as we support those who are less fortunate?  Here’s how. 1.  Be extravagantly generous Most of…

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tax policy

Memorized by some, well known by others, the Christmas story begins, “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.” Lk 2:1 KJV.  Did you ever think about how Christmas began with an unjust tax policy? Was it a tax…

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risk-takers

Some call them magi, others wise men, and some kings, but here is why we do them injustice in our Christmas pageants and what you need to know about these wealthy risk-takers. Not Your Christmas Pageant If your son or grandson is wearing a fake beard and towel this Christmas as he parades around the…

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We are taking a justice look at Christmas Classics.  We’ve looked at Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Carol, and now look at The Nativity Story.  The story surrounding Jesus birth.  Here are three amazing justice lessons from the nativity. Lesson 1:  God chooses unlikely people and places. Seriously.  Who would leave everything to enter…

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scrooge

We are taking a justice look at Christmas Classics.  We’ve looked at Miracle on 34th Street and The Santa Clause.  Arguably the best known Christmas Classic is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Scrooge became so popular his name entered the dictionary as a mean or miserly person.  Scrooge is a story of transformation set in…

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We are taking a justice look at Christmas classics.  Last week we looked at 3 absolutely wonderful lessons from Miracle on 34th Street.  This week we look at The Santa Clause.  Have you seen the 1994 movie classic starring Tim Allen as Santa?  The movie is classic Tim Allen humor but behind the humor lies…

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by Bruce Strom No greater gift has been given than the gift of Jesus.  We celebrate that gift every Christmas.  The gift came wrapped in human flesh in ordinary circumstances.  Why?  Because Jesus is the Savior of all.  If he’d been born in a palace, not all could identify with Him.  But as the people’s…

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