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Back to the Present

Family, the stuff we’re made of. Where do we come from? Where do you feel most at home? “The Hillbilly Elegy” is the top 10 movie on Netflix.  It’s a story of a Yale law student that receives an urgent phone call that pulls him back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three […]

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Jesus Our Emmanuel

There are so many wonderful things that come with the Christmas season, and Christmas music about Jesus has to be top of my list. I have to admit that I started streaming Christmas as my life’s soundtrack starting mid-November. I just can’t help myself. There’s something about the words of Christmas hymns and ancient chant-like […]

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Fire and Fur Coats

There is an old Jewish term, tzaddik im peltz, meaning, “a righteous man in a fur coat.” There are two ways of keeping warm on a cold night. You can wear a fur coat or light a fire. Wear a fur coat and you warm only yourself. Light a fire and you warm others. The […]

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Band of Brothers Complete Boot Camp

Approximately 275 Mighty Men gathered in Lake Wales, Florida, at Masterpiece Gardens for the “Band of Brothers Boot Camp.” The days were filled with activities that included a shooting range, sports, games, good food, huge fire pits and candid testimonies. CEO Guy Shashaty said “Most men are stuck and confused and cannot find their way. […]

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Faithful Leaders Are Made Not Born

We’ve all heard the popular phrase that leaders are born, not made. While I’m not going to argue whether or not that statement is true or not, I will contend that faithful leaders are made not born. The reality is that our region needs faithful leaders more than ever before. Each and every one of […]

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All I Want for Christmas is…What?

All I want for Christmas is… what? The answer to that question could determine the success or failure of your Christmas experience. As a parent, the question is: What do we really want for Christmas? Don’t we want something that will last on into generations to come? Something powered by more than batteries. I have […]

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Honor Those in Need with Gifts that Give Back

Families living in poverty throughout the Caribbean and Latin America are enduring even more hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Food For The Poor’s Christmas Gift Catalog is filled with gift ideas to ease their suffering and continue giving long after the holidays have passed. As the global pandemic makes finding food difficult […]

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Giving Thanks for the True Bread from Heaven

For the last three months we have been engaged in a new apologetic focus: Surprised by Jesus: Encountering Christ in the Old Testament. I have been preaching this as a sermon series at Cross Community Church, and it is available for you to hear at sermonaudio.com/thecrosscc Because this is the month of Thanksgiving, I thought […]

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Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Sites Are Now Open

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many families are already thinking about Christmas. For those who are including Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts as part of their holiday, more than 4,000 drop-off sites are now open. Volunteers are collecting shoebox gifts during National Collection Week, Nov. 16–23. Operation Christmas Child has been collecting and delivering shoebox gifts—filled with […]

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