GOING HOME AT CHRISTMAS

Christmas is the time of year that many will travel far and wide to be with family. The celebration of Jesus’ birth is something that draws families together. It may be the nostalgia of childhood Christmases, or the smells of home cooking – whatever it is – thousands will hit pause on work and school […]

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GENEROSITY AS VIRTUE

There are certain values that the Christmas season brings to the surface of our consciousness every year. Generosity is one of them. Christmas is the time best known for the giving and receiving of gifts. What does the Christmas story teach us about generosity? The Magi After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during […]

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NO APOLOGIES NECESSARY

Four Things You Should Not Apologize For

In this world of 24-hour news cycles, talking heads are constantly saying something that offends someone. News personalities, politicians, talk-show hosts – no one is immune. When you talk for a living it’s just a matter of time before you say the wrong thing. Some have been fired for it. Most end up apologizing for […]

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HOW TO PRAY OUT LOUD

Six Ways to Overcome the Fear of Public Prayer

There is a sense in which praying is a very personal matter – an honest and intimate conversation with the one who knows everything about you. So, it’s understandable that some struggle with praying in public. Here are six suggestions to help you when you’re asked to pray in public.   Why Pray in Public? […]

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THE THANKFUL JESUS

Four Times Jesus Was Thankful

We all know that giving thanks is a healthy exercise. It cleanses the soul and uplifts the spirits. It centers us on what is important. It aligns attitude in a positive direction. Jesus was big on being thankful. What are the things he gave thanks for?   The Thankful Jesus There’s so much about Jesus […]

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REMEMBERING AT THANKSGIVING

The Powerful and Healing Role of Remembering

It’s Thanksgiving and the nation will pause for 24-hours from our frantic pace to eat turkey and watch football. Traditions have a way of pinning down “meaning” and choking the life out of it. So, how many will take time to do what the holiday is actually named after, and “give thanks”? How many will […]

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PARENTING IN THE 21st CENTURY

The Growing Isolation of the American Family

There has been a notable rise in anxiety in our society. Parents are increasingly worried about the world their children are facing. They are struggling to find the coping mechanisms for their children. There is a growing hopelessness stirring in the hearts of American Parents. What does God say about the way we raise our […]

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