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A Visit From The Christ Child (a poem)

In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem, originally called “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”   In many American homes is it read on Christmas Eve.   It begins ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ and redefined the image of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, who had never before been associated with a sleigh or reindeers! […]

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Light a Candle – Video Sermon

Do you remember the “Hee-Haw” variety show? One of my favorite scenes each week was when a couple of fellows in a field started to sing: “Gloom, despair, and agony on me – Deep dark depression, excessive misery. “If it weren’t for bad luck – “I’d have no luck at all, “Gloom, depair, and agony […]

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Christmas Kindness

Joseph Tkach is a fine theologian and leader, whose writings I greatly enjoy.  Here is a recent note that I greatly appreciated and am happy to share with my blog readers. ————— Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are behind us, our national attention has turned toward Christmas. Everywhere we look, Christmas is there, dominating television, […]

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You Want A Revolution

As we make our way through LENT, I have been thinking about ADVENT. That makes sense because Incarnation and Atonement are tied together – and they mean more than just missing our on hell and eventually finding our way into heaven. At least that what Mary thinks. Read Luke 1:46-55 When seeking a biblical personality […]

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Why Did Jesus Come?

From my friend Steve McVey: Jesus didn’t come into the world so that the Father would change His mind about us. Your Father has never been angry with man and Jesus came to show us that. He came to change our minds about the Father. He told story after story to show us the great […]

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Have One Hell Of A Christmas

I wonder why so many of my fellow preachers seem more interested in scaring the hell out of people rather than telling them about the good news about the life humanity has been offered through Jesus. I’m not saying there is no such thing as hell.  I just wonder about those folks who seem to […]

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Adopted

This post is from a new friend, Jonathan Stepp, found on his wonderful blog, http://www.theadoptedlife.org Adoption is a powerful idea. It is the idea that someone would receive into his life another person who has no natural claim of blood or kinship. It is the idea that this reception would take place in such a […]

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The Servant

Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, won a strategic battle with comparative ease and little loss of life. When asked for an explanation of his victory over the enemy, he said, “The enemy had seven cooks and one spy but I had seven spies and one cook.” In other words, the enemy lost because it […]

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The Wonderful Child Of Hope

Read Isaiah 7:10-12, 14; 9:2-7 – In a Peanuts comic strip, we see Lucy seated under her sign that reads, “Psychiatrist – Advice: 5 cents.”  Charlie Brown comes to Lucy, nickel in hand, and says, “Lucy, I need help.”  Lucy responds, “What can I do for you, Charlie Brown?” “I’m confused.  I can’t seem to find […]

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The Rightous Branch

Read Isaiah 11:1-9 – Those of you who have visited our nation’s capital are aware that throughout that city, there are several statues of national and world leaders. Each statue faces the national Capitol as a symbol of honor and respect for the great power of our nation. In front of the Wesley Theological Seminary, […]

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