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December 2010 Blog Posts (72)

Advent & Christmas - Immanuel

And so, with barely a ripple of notice, God stepped into the warm lake of humanity, without protocol and without pretension.

Where you would have expected angels, there were only flies. Where you would have expected heads of state, there were only donkeys, a few haltered cows, a nervous ball of sheep, a tethered camel, and a furtive scurry of curious barn mice. Except for Joseph, there was no one to share Mary's pain, or her joy. Yes, there were angels announcing the Savior's arrival—but… Continue

Added by Patrick Watters on December 9, 2010 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

Can you hear it?

God put me in a place of leading a Christmas event for the first time in about ten years. A Ladies' Tea? Not what I would have normally put on the calendar....but God used this suggestion from one of our ladies to bring me to see Christmas in a whole new way.


As we walked through the events for that night, we were missing a song for one of the drama vignettes. As I looked and searched through songs on YouTube, I came across a beautiful video illustrating "A Song of…
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Added by Sandra Casey on December 9, 2010 at 10:40am — 2 Comments

Why I Sparkle at Christmas

While putting out my decorations the other day, I paused to wonder, “Why am I draping gold beads over these glass ornaments and placing them on the back of my piano? I mean, really, is this necessary? Would life be simpler if I did not go to the trouble of decorating my home?” As I paused a moment and let that question settle, this answer came to mind. I celebrate the most amazing event that occurred thousands of years ago. My life is anchored around a glorious moment in history that forever…

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Added by Darrel Schick on December 9, 2010 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

Giving more than money

Hanukkah is ending and Christmas is approaching. Jesus my Messiah was Jewish, so all things from His background are heart-teaching messages for me. David's questions personalized are what brings the Christmas spirit into every-day living. What, after all, can I give to others that has the most lasting value, and will bring the most meaning to their lives.

































This Little Light of…

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Added by Delores Liesner on December 9, 2010 at 9:58am — 1 Comment

A Beatle Remembered

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Added by Ronald M. Furgerson on December 9, 2010 at 9:53am — No Comments

The Power of Encouragement

Last night I picked up a new book to read. It was a gift from last Christmas from a couple who are members of our church family. My interest in various topics far exceeds my reading ability, so I find myself with a huge backlog of books to read, thus the delay in reading the book from last Christmas. As I opened the inside cover, I read these words, "This is really from Bob but I am writing in it just to say ...." Bob's wife then goes on to make a comment of praise that is obviously excessive,… Continue

Added by Michael Eugene Mosier on December 9, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Yes, stop busy-ness and reconnect to HIM

Years ago I DID stop all that Christmas stress to reconnect to Christ -- not to the child Christ but to the exalted living Christ who came to live in me. People think they cannot give up or even cut down on

the many traditional activities -- but it CAN be done; and there are many others

who can joyfully testify to this! After all, why celebrate His birthday

with a lot of busy preparation if you're not even willing to spend time with…
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Added by Linda Camp Wooster on December 9, 2010 at 9:24am — 1 Comment

God's great rescue mission

My life did not flash before my eyes. I was too concerned about how - or if - I was going to make it back to the beach. Our family trip that day was not supposed to end with me drowning in

a riptide.





It was our first day on the beach with our rented boogie boards, and I was the first one in the water. Wanting to catch the waves where they…

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Added by Kathy Howard on December 9, 2010 at 9:08am — No Comments

Crying out to God in a time of emotional trial

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in Thee; and in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge, until destruction passes by. I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me. Psalm 57: 1,2.

Often when mired in a deeply emotional trial (something happening with your spouse, children, famiily, or close friends), we find ourselves focused on the issue and the emotional upheaval caused by it. We ride the roller coaster,…

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Added by Kathryn Holt Ashley on December 9, 2010 at 9:03am — No Comments

A different perspective of God's sacrifice for us.

In Feb. of 2009, our (then) 3year old daughter, Maggie, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma: an aggressive children's cancer with (at that time) a 40% chance of survival.


For over a year, we fought this beast and Maggie endured much. She had surgery to remove the initial tumor and a Central line put in (a tube that sticks out of her chest to more easily access her blood vessels for less needle pricks). Maggie went thru 6 HARD rounds of chemo. After one really difficult…
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Added by Rachel Jernas on December 9, 2010 at 8:51am — No Comments

The Presence

The English language is interesting, isn't it? Try to say the words "presents" and "presence" so that they sound different. I can intone them differently but they don't really sound different. They are spelled differently but I can't make them sound differently.

So, what is the point? The culture in which we live is taken by "presents". I love to receive presents and I love to give presents. [Don't ask which gives me greater pleasure!] The media and advertisers helps, if not insists,…

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Added by Rex Schultz on December 9, 2010 at 8:34am — No Comments

Remembering

As my family and I start to focus on our first Christmas without our father, it is going to be important to remind everyone of the true meaning of this time of year. Jesus is the reason we are celebrating, and even though we are without one of the main cogs of our family, we still have a family in Heaven that is without equal.
This year we are going to focus most of our attention on God and his Son Jesus, who has brought us this far and will continue to guide us as we deal with our…
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Added by Bryan Carter on December 9, 2010 at 8:12am — 2 Comments

Better Than My Mother's

My wife is a cook of cooks. It’s safe to say that she doesn’t compare to my mother . . . she actually does it better . . . hands down. Now I don’t want my Mom to know this (Shhh!) but she is a strong number 2 . . . I suspect however that this…

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Added by Karl Ingersoll on December 9, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Greater Works than Jesus?

Last week I celebrated by 37th birthday and it was nothing monumental. But out of curiosity, I researched some of the great accomplishments people have achieved before their 37th birthday. Michelangelo finished painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Robert Jarvik invented a pneumatically powered heart .Frederic William Herschel invented the contact lens. Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star…

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Added by Jeremy Amick on December 8, 2010 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Tool for Sowing the Gospel

The Gate Illustration.pdf



Have you ever wondered what to do after sharing the gospel with someone using and illustration like "The Bridge" or "2 Ways to Live" and your friend or acquaintance doesn't accept Christ? What do you do next? Share the same illustration with them over and over again until they accept Christ as their Savior? During my time ministering to students, co-workers, and friends… Continue

Added by Brian Wachter on December 7, 2010 at 10:09am — No Comments

Discipleship Retro

Have you noticed how many things have gone retro… clothes, cars, furniture, appliances. Vinyl records are making a comeback. I wish I had kept my leisure suits because I am sure they will return soon! Maybe even my bell bottom pants I wore in college. Some are nostalgic and want to return to the good ole days when church attendance was up and life seemed much simpler. This retro thinking reminds me…

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Added by Mike James on December 7, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

Darkness Upon Darkness

Last weekend, we attended an early Christmas concert. It was amazing. One line from one song caught my attention: Darkness Upon Darkness. I never thought about the idea that it can be MORE than dark. True darkness is already complete. Years ago, we took a tour of Mamouth Cave in Southern Kentucky. Deep within the cavern the lights were turned off and we experienced COMPLETE darkness. Our eyes didn't adjust; we could see nothing. As a claustrophobic, the darkness was overwhelming, even… Continue

Added by Margie Williamson on December 7, 2010 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Signs

The Pharisees asked YESHUA when the Kingdom of GOD would come. “The Kingdom of GOD,” He answered, “does not come with visible signs; nor will people be able to say, ‘Look! Here it is!’ or, ‘Over there!’ Because, you see, the Kingdom of GOD is among you.” (Luke 17:20-21)…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on December 7, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

We need more transparent pastors , preachers, and leaders in the church.

I believe we need transparency in the pulpit now more than ever. We are in an age where transparency is looked upon as a weekness instead of a strongpoint. Especially when your a leader in the church. Leaders are telling their congragation to go out and share the the gospel, when they themselves have trouble sharing. Leaders need to tell the church they go through the same issues as anyone else does. We need more confession.

I realize that certin things are more private than…

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Added by Walter Merilic on December 6, 2010 at 9:04pm — No Comments

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