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Labor for the Day

January 6, 2013 Yard work, though a favorite hobby, can be a never-ending chore. One week after conquering the jungle of weeds in the front flower bed, the task of planting bushes revealed new weeds had sprung from the hidden roots of the old. Would the evil ever be eliminated? What’s the use of doing … Continued

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Kindness? I don’t feel it.

December 30, 2013 The Word I read was clear: verses like “The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.” (Ps 145:13), “Note the kindness of God” (Rom. 11:22). The songs I listened to were clear: “his heart is kind” (“10,000 Reasons,”), “His helping love no limit knows, Our upmost … Continued

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Love Came Down at Christmas

December 23, 2013 Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine, Love was born at Christmas, Star and Angels gave the sign. These words from a Christmas carol by Christina Rossetti capture the message of 1 John 4:9: “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only … Continued

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An Increasing Joy

December 16, 2013 “But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating … Continued

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The Antidote for “Crazy Busy”

December 9, 2013 There is a poison that sours lives and relationships, and it seems to spread easily at this time of year. Busyness. We fill our lives with schedules and events and cards and calls and shopping and cooking and ... We live in a constant state of busyness, which leads to anxiety, which … Continued

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A Blessed Hope

December 2, 2013 What do you hope to get for Christmas? That question (or something like it) is asked frequently at this time of year. Christmas is a season of hope, but often our hope is centered only on the “stuff” of Christmas. The excitement and joy getting what you hoped for is often intense, … Continued

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Generosity

November 25, 2013 “I wanna be a billionaire...Buy all of the thing I never had... I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine smiling next to Oprah and the Queen.” (“Billionaire,” Travie McCoy with Bruno Mars, 2009) The song continues by saying if I had a billion dollars, everyday would be like Christmas. I … Continued

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Specks in the Sink

November 18, 2013 In preparing the house for the move to Atlanta, Susan was working hard to keep everything clean and “show ready.” As a loving husband, I wanted to do what I could to help. After I finished brushing my teeth and shaving, I thought I would quickly rinse out the sink. I had … Continued

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Meeting a Great Man

November 11, 2013 Recently I met a great man. A fellow pastor set up the meeting. I was to have lunch with a very successful businessman who had a passion for teaching God’s people about generosity. I thought to myself, “Here’s the answer to my prayers for our financial struggles. This man could show generosity … Continued

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Purifying Love

November 4, 2013 See what kind of love the Father has given to us,  that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1 ESV) The kind of love the Father has given to us is a purifying love. The voices of our world are quick to declare that love … Continued