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Featured Blog Posts – December 2011 Archive (9)

A Tool For Family Prayer Time

I want to share an idea that our family has used over the years as tool to help us pray together. We stopped using this for a while when my youngest came along, but I am resurrecting it this year.

First, allow me to step on my soapbox. I am passionate about praying, and I believe that children need modeling in order to develop their prayer life. Our Family Intercessory Prayer File helped my kids to expand their prayer lives toward less self-focused prayers…

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Added by Kelly Murphy on December 29, 2011 at 7:13pm — 3 Comments

What is Your Response to the Birth of Jesus?

After the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, they immediately ran to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph and the baby was lying in a manger. Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel said about the baby. The people who heard their story were astonished.

 

The shepherds returned to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God. However, Mary quietly treasured all these things in her heart and…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 27, 2011 at 5:55pm — No Comments

True Meaning of Christmas … “Tell the Children!”   Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor.  I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noi…

True Meaning of Christmas … “Tell the Children!”

 

Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor.  I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house.  I opened the door to the front room and, to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree.  He placed a finger over…

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Added by Neal Davis on December 22, 2011 at 10:42am — No Comments

I Corinthisns 13 -- Christmas Style

I Corinthians 13 -- Christmas Style

 

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

 

If I work at the soup kitchen, sing carols in the…

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Added by Neal Davis on December 22, 2011 at 10:37am — No Comments

A Christmas Prayer

One of my prayers this Christmas revolves around a word, actually two words. These two words make all the difference in how Christmas is observed.  For many people, Christmas is an event – by definition, an observable occurrence, a gathering.  It is an event marked by parties, gifts, parades, decorations, family gatherings, etc.  While these event-related activities are often involved, Christmas for others is an advent. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 18, 2011 at 9:07pm — 2 Comments

How does your Response compare with the Innkeeper?

 Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census had to be taken of the entire Roman world. Everyone had to go to his or her own town to register. So Joseph and Mary made the difficult journey to Bethlehem even though she was about to have her child.

 

When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, the innkeeper told them there was no room in the village inn for them. However, the innkeeper noticed that Mary was about to have a child. He had the stable boy take them to the…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 18, 2011 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Joyful, joyful we adore Thee

Joy is such a small little word, but it is an amazing word - the dictionary describes it this way: It is an emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires; a state of happiness or felicity. Other words to describe joy include delight, gaiety, bliss - the word joy is derived from the Latin word gaudia which is akin to the Greek word to rejoice.

As I ponder…

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Added by Marsha Mundy on December 14, 2011 at 6:33am — No Comments

From The 6:4 Blog ~ "How to Spend an Hour With the Lord"

How to Spend an Hour With the Lord

This past Sunday I challenged our church to spend an hour sometime this week alone with the Lord.  To some, that might not seem like a long time. To others, it sounds very intimidating.  Let me answer a few…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on December 2, 2011 at 4:32pm — 1 Comment

The Emotions of Mary and Joseph

  Recently my husband and I attended a reunion in Branson, MO where we saw the awesome performance of The Miracle of Christmas at the Sight & Sound Theatre. I was impressed by how they displayed the emotions of Mary and Joseph when they were faced with the announcements of Gabriel.

 

While the Jewish nation was waiting for God to free them from living in Roman bondage God sent the angel Gabriel to tell Mary, “You…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 1, 2011 at 8:29pm — No Comments

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