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Freaking Out

I have fond memories of a slightly chaotic situation. We were enjoying an evening with some friends at our home, which at the time had a small dock on a canal. The evening was pleasant as evenings with friends can be. The moon was full, and the tide was high. The children were playing outside, […]

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Faith Compels Us To Value Every Human Life

As a Christian, the inherent value of life is fundamental to my understanding of what it means to be a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. James 3:9 and Genesis 1:26 remind us that every human life is created in the image of God and bears His likeness. Life is sacred, and we must seek […]

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The Greatest Of These Apologetics . . . Is Love

February is generally thought of as “the month of love,” highlighted by Valentine’s Day on the 14th. We made Valentine’s cards for our classmates and teachers when we were in grade school, and we continue the tradition as adults, adding flowers, candy and a variety of gifts to the cards we give to those we […]

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All the Good News

Reflecting on the close of 2018, this C. S. Lewis quote comes to mind: “There are far better things ahead, than anything we leave behind.” If you watch the news, follow social media or plug into the Twitter-sphere you would think everything in our world was going to hell; that  bad news is everywhere. Even […]

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Hands-On Tradition Connects With Kids

The real reason for the holiday season sometimes gets lost beneath the presents, parties and pie – especially for children. But, this year, a new Christmas tradition points kids to the real reason we celebrate – Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. A Nest for the Savior is a new children’s book about a sparrow who […]

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Extension – A Pattern to Imitate

“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, . . . so that you became an example to all the believers” (1 Thessalonians 1:6–7). Suppose they could actually speak to us, the characters described throughout the pages of Scripture whom we barely consider as we swiftly scan their stories. What would they say, […]

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Finding Happiness

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save […]

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We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Box

Years ago, when our children were younger, we used to schedule “mystery family vacations.” The idea was a brilliant one, I might add. The concept was simple. Lisa and I would devise a fun family vacation but keep it a secret. We would simply share with our children the date of departure, the date of […]

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A Christmas Post: Mary’s Message

I love thinking about the Christmas story from Mary’s vantage point. Everyone remembers being a teenager… you’re figuring out your gifts and beginning to envision the future. Imagine teenage Mary and her prospects for the future as a poor, obscure Jew. Suddenly, she is visited by an angel and endowed with a mandate like no […]

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Prepare for Christmas with PBA’s Advent Guide

While retailers would have you start preparing for Christmas in August, many Christian denominations begin the season closer to December with Advent. This period a few weeks ahead of Christmas is filled with prayer and meditation on Christ. The four Sundays before Christmas are celebrated by church congregations and families as they light candles each […]

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