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The real 12 days of Christmas …

“She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.” Luke 2:6-7 Merry Christmas! We have arrived at the manger. Let us … Continue reading

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Know when to fold …

“School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:7 I attend a monthly women’s Bible study at church—the Mary Circle. During our two-hour gathering, we take a few minutes … Continue reading

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Yes, I did it.

“God, high above, sees far below; no matter the distance, he knows everything about us.” Psalm 138:6 When I was a little girl, my mother tells me she always knew immediately when I had done something wrong. I guess my … Continue reading

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You’ve got it all …

“Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you …” 1 Corinthians 1:7 The scripture for today is a good post-Thanksgiving message—we don’t need a thing that God has not … Continue reading

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Peace for the process …

“Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, ‘Peace to you.’” John 20:20 In expressing sympathy, I often write, “May you find peace in the process of grieving your loss.” When going through new experiences or rough spot in our lives, … Continue reading

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Celebrate today!

Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darknesshave seen a great light.For those who lived in a land of deep shadows—light! sunbursts of light!You repopulated the nation,you expanded its joy.Oh, they’re so glad in your presence!Festival joy!The joy of a great celebration,sharing rich gifts and warm greetings.The abuse of oppressors and cruelt tyrants—all their whips and cudgels and curses—Is gone, done away with, a deliveranceas surprising and sudden as Gideon’s old victory over Midian.The boots of all those invading troops,along with their shirts soaked with innocent blood,Will be piled in a heap and burned,a fire that will burn for days!For a child has been born—for us!the gift of a son—for us!He’ll take overthe running of the world.His names will be: Amazing Counselor,Strong God,Eternal Father,Prince of Wholeness.His ruling authority will grow,and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.He’ll rule from the historic David throneover that promised kingdom.He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footingand keep it goingWith fair dealing and right living,beginning now and lasting always.The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armieswill do all this. Continue reading

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Follow the Light

“It (the star) led them on until it hovered over the place of the child.” Matthew 2:9 Last night as I drove home I notice only a few houses continued to display outdoor Christmas decorations. As turned on to my … Continue reading

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Secure Only in God’s Arms

“The people will have a good and safe home, for the whole world will hold him in respect—Peacemaker of the world!” Micah 5:4 (The Message Bible) The administration, teachers, and staff of Sandy Nook Elementary School had rehearsed and were … Continue reading

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To Serve or Not To Serve — Daily Meditation Moment

“Thousands upon thousands served him, tens of thousands attended him.” Daniel 7:10 (The Message Bible) British Masterpiece Classic, Upstairs, Downstairs, is a drama/comedy set in London in the early 1900’s. Sarah, a free-spirited junior servant, is the center of attention … Continue reading

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A Humpday Boost

The Gift of Energy That’s why I’m [Paul] working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so graciously gives me. Colossians 1:29 God graciously gave us the gift of spiritual and … Continue reading

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