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The True Spirit of Christmas – It’s So Much Better to Give Than Receive

  I discovered this story years ago. May it bless and inspire you as it has me. Miraculous transformations, like Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch, are possible once we realize it’s so much better to give than receive. Scrooge: “Bah, humbug!” Narrator: “Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!”

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Discovering New Reasons to Celebrate Christmas – Recovering from Humbug

  Thirty years ago I loved everything about Christmas, firing up seasonal songs the first of November, singing along with off-key gusto when no one could hear, searching out the perfect gift for each special person on my long list. Some years my decorations were photo worthy, often designing gift-wrapping as personal to the recipient as the gift itself –

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Storing Up Treasure in Heaven – Maybe You Can Take It With You

  Acquisition is a basic human concept, we’re born with the desire to get, to receive, and to have. Depending on the circumstances, this completely natural tendency can spark wars or inspire remarkable displays of altruistic service and generosity. Curiously, the topic of treasure in heaven popped up several times in recent conversations. The one that inspired this post was

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Persistent Myths – Santa Claus and Giveaway Grace

  Christmas is three weeks away, barely enough time to shop, create menus suitable for diabetic Uncle Ralph and gluten-intolerant Cousin Sally, re-home dust bunnies, and drag out boxes of decorations. Unless the heart of your celebration is little kids, it’s doubtful Santa plays a significant role in your 2018 holiday plans. Because Santa isn’t real, with no connection to Christ

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Great Listeners Make More Effective Teachers and Preachers

The children’s story of The Three Bears offers valuable insight to preachers and teachers. Occasionally I leave a conversation berating myself, “Why didn’t I shut up sooner?” Sometimes I’m on the other end of an unending lecture, listening past my point of interest. Exceptional listening skills guide how you both hear and speak.

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The Truth About Change – Faith and Worry Don’t Socialize

Jesus makes it perfectly clear that Faith and Worry don’t keep company. Faith usually chooses Joy as a dancing partner. Worry never leads and looks to Temptation or Distraction for a good time. Change happens; managing it well is a faith process. My husband and I are getting older. So are you. So is everyone. Some just start sooner. We

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Transforming Evils into Bouquets: Posy-Plucking

Ring-a-round the Rosie, a pocketful of posies. Grass burs are little evil posies. Spiritual warfare comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. I pick bouquets of posies several times a day. The posies in my photo aren’t soft, fragrant, or belong anywhere near my pocket. Ouch! I’d love to seldom see them, with discovery a rare occurrence. Never would

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Chasing Tribulation, or How I Got Bucked Off My Treadmill

  Most of you understand bucking. Lots of horse folks know what it’s like to look up from the ground wondering, “What happened? The first step toward finding contentment is awareness. Hard landings usually get our attention. I walk on the treadmill every day without incident. Until last Monday. One moment I was upright and the next I lay crumpled

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