A Jar Full of Christmas Joy | #1007

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January 1 – Mary had the most deep personal relationship with God that we can imagine. She wants to help make our hearts, and homes, like hers. This year write down a weekly blessing and store it in a quart jar. Ponder God’s gifts in your heart.

This Year Elves Put Up My Christmas Tree | #1005

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Christmas – We hide from the darkness of our past and our fears. Jesus comes to be your friend, a friend who is the Light. He loves you and wants a relationship with you. What do you have to do? Just leave the door unlocked!

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Christmas Letter for 2019

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A Light in the Darkness Some days it can be hard to have hope. School shootings. Missing children. Domestic violence. Global terrorism. Climate change. Cancer; it seems always another person has gotten cancer. Mental Illness. Suicide. A college Freshman told me she has lost three high school classmates to suicide. If that isn’t a sign of hopelessness, I don’t know …

Come Home to Bethlehem this Christmas | #906

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Christmas – We left the Garden of Eden and wandered in the cold and darkness, until the cave of Bethlehem brought us back to God’s love. Welcome the Christ child into your hearts and homes. Let light and love fill you and transform you.

This Is Why Grandmas Kept the Christmas Decorations Up Until January 6th | #905

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Advent 4 – What does the birth of Jesus mean? There are three more feasts to explain the true meaning of Christmas: He is our Sacrifice (January 1). He is the true King of the World (January 6). He is the true God (February 2nd). Keep celebrating!

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A Speed Bump On Advent Road | #902

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Immaculate Conception – On our way to celebrate Jesus’ birth, we pause to celebrate Mary’s conception. Why?!? God had such a great gift that no one was pure enough to receive it. God helped Mary be ready. Advent is when God helps us get ready.

God’s Precious Child is You (#806, Christmas Eve)

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Jesus looks like you and me but he is God’s precious child. Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men realized they too were God’s precious children. I hope as you gaze on the manger scene you will also realize, “I am God’s precious child.” [AUDIO]