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From fibs to fulfillment

She thought she wanted to be a missionary, but the missions organization denied her application. In its kindest choice of words possible, it said that her skills weren’t a “sufficient match” for their purposes. It wasn’t like she had applied ...

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The Christmas Story

Christmas story

Long ago, about 2000 years, when King Herod ruled Judea (now part of Israel), God sent the angel Gabriel to a young women who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl’s name was Mary and she was engaged ...

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Morning mail

Maggie McKnight clipped seat belts over Jake, 5, and Tyler, 3, then handed them their teachers’ Christmas gifts. She swatted snow off the windshield, eager to get going and cross things off her long to-do list. She flung a prayer ...

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Resolving to love

grace

Now that we’ve gotten that pesky Christmas Spirit out of our system, we can get back to what had been bugging us before we had to put in on hold for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Where were ...

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6 secrets to ‘eating out’ with children

The first time my wife and I took our newborn to a restaurant, time seemingly stood still. Sweet elderly ladies “oohed” and “aahed” over our little bundle of joy. Waitresses stopped by our table to take a peek, amazed by ...

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Silent nights

400 years. That’s how long God was silent between the Old and New Testaments. The last thing anyone heard from God was through the prophet Malachi. Then 400 years. Our country isn’t even 400 years. 400 years ago, was 1614. ...

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  • Chinese Christians pledge to ‘stand strong’ for their faith
    As China continues to hunt down and arrest members of a house church in Sichuan Province, many of the 100 or more Christians arrested reportedly pledged in advance to persevere even until death. Gina Goh, Southeast Asia regional manager for International Christian Concern, said many leaders of Autumn Rain Covenant Church — also translated by […]
  • High court’s order raises question on abortion
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on cases involving government funding of Planned Parenthood has raised the question of whether pro-life advocates can count on a majority of justices in abortion-related cases. The high court announced Dec. 10 it would not review lower court opinions regarding decisions by Kansas and Louisiana to remove Planned […]
  • Survey shows Americans want more religious meaning for Christmas
    Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other. A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, “Christmas should be more about Jesus.” Those looking for more Christ in Christmas in 2018, however, are significantly fewer […]
  • REVIEW: ‘Buttons’ is a fun, feel-good musical
    If Dick Van Dyke is singing and dancing in a movie, then you can guarantee I’m ready to watch it. So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to watch his latest film, Buttons, in which he plays a guardian angel who — yes — sings and dances. Incredibly, the 92-year-old Van Dyke […]
  • Joni and suffering well | Disability and a faith that’s big enough for pain
    A test of a worldview is whether it is big enough to weather sickness, disability, and the scorn of a culture. A week ago Monday (Nov. 26), my friend Joni Eareckson Tada had surgery to remove a cancerous nodule. This less than three years after being declared cancer-free. I’m thankful to say that the procedure […]
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