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All They Wanted for Christmas

All They Wanted for Christmas

So what is it that YOU wanted for Christmas? (Please don’t say for the pandemic to end, though that was probably on the list for many this year!) Some of you probably have items from Amy Grant’s Grown-Up Christmas list song just dancing through your mind…no more lives...

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The Federalist Press Number 86

The Federalist Press Number 86

To the Citizens of the United States We have bear witness to many events within the time of the 45th President of the United States. The many events that have transpired take on meanings for us citizens seemingly dependent upon what ideology, faction, or encampment...

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Why Vision is Not Enough

Why Vision is Not Enough

Our mission as Christians was the same yesterday as it is today and will be tomorrow. The world, however, is changing faster than ever before, and keeping up feels impossible. The realities of human life—from how we develop relationships to how we use technology to...

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Ministry to the Poor

Ministry to the Poor

A Look at What God Can Do When the Church Says 'Yes' CityServe Imperial Valley (CA) Each week, in a region close to the Californian/ Mexican border, Lupita Bawarski helps lead a CityServe ministry in the Imperial Valley of California. When talking with her, she will...

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How to Eat Your Bible…What Does that Mean?

How to Eat Your Bible…What Does that Mean?

I vividly remember a point in my life when the Bible was completely foreign to me. I had heard and understood the gospel, confessed my sins to the Lord, believed in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, attended church regularly, prayed often, participated in small...

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The Joy Switch

The Joy Switch

Have you ever lost it—at a time when things were humming along for you? You were feeling good—until someone said or did just the thing to set you off. You got derailed, pushed out of your sweet spot. You stopped listening and started reacting. You no longer felt like...

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Back to the Good Stuff

Back to the Good Stuff

  When we refuse to sacrifice our time for the sake of busyness or of keeping up with the person next to us, we can get back to the good stuff. We can enjoy the rewards that come from instilling these values in our children. We can get back to the simple joys...

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Our Churches and the Great Commission

Our Churches and the Great Commission

Thoughts from the Back Pew All Christian churches preach and teach the “Great Commission,” the command Jesus gave to all of us to go and make disciples. The Greek word translated “go” is in the present-perfect verb tense and more accurately can be translated “while...

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The American Orphan Crisis

The American Orphan Crisis

Every Church Can Do Something I remember the first time I learned about orphans as a young boy. It was from a late-night infomercial highlighting starving orphans in Africa. It hit me hard then, and still today, I cannot fathom not having a loving family to take care...

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The Scarlet Ribbon of Redemption

The Scarlet Ribbon of Redemption

As Adam and Eve left the Great King’s royal garden in Eden, they carried with them not only the consequences of their rebellion but the promise that God would ransom them, and all Creation, from the clutches of sin and death. Like a scarlet ribbon ever unraveling from...

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Jesus, the Grandest Story of All

Jesus, the Grandest Story of All

An old man stoops and grabs a weathered hardback off the shelf. He handles the volume gently, careful not to disturb the fragile binding while returning to his favorite chair, glasses perched on his nose. As he slowly turns the yellowed pages, his eyes dart around the...

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Visit to Elizabeth

Visit to Elizabeth

Elizabeth sat on the ground, heels tucked beneath her, and kneaded the dough in the bowl in front of her. A strand of gray hair slipped from beneath her head covering and clung to the perspiration running down her temple. After a moment she grimaced, sat up straight,...

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A Thrill of Hope

A Thrill of Hope

If you listened to my Christmas playlist, you’d quickly get bored. It’s essentially every version of O Holy Night available on Spotify. Even though they’ve left out some verses, my favorite version is still the *NSYNC cover. Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly...

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Nativity

Nativity

The word “nativity” is derived from the Latin nativus, which means “arisen by birth.” Although technically we could use the word to describe any birth, it has become synonymous with the birth of Jesus. Nativities created as art, models, carvings, or even live...

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