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Christmas

12 Beautiful Christian Gift Ideas for Women

I’ve officially reached the age where I need very little and I don’t even want a whole lot. Most of the time, I enjoy this place of material contentment, but when Christmas rolls around, it’s difficult to curate a wish list of items I would actually love to own. And while we’re moving towards non-material […]

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Gifts That Give Back: A Holiday Gift Guide

Give gifts that give back by purchasing from organizations fighting poverty, providing education, and overall, working hard to make the world a better place

Five years ago I spent three weeks in Cambodia. I saw poverty like I’d never seen before, and I met girls who experienced horrors beyond my wildest imagination. But in the darkness, there was also light. Christian NGOs hard at work to rescue, and restore these girls—to offer them a better future; a way out […]

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Advent Devotional Books for the Whole Family

Prepare your heart the coming of Jesus by walking through Advent with a good book. This list includes Advent devotional books for your whole family!

The Christmas decorations hit Costco mid-October this year; hiding the more relevant Halloween costumes. Each year they appear sooner and sooner, and I can’t help wonder if it’s because people feel about Christmas the way Ferris Bueller feels about life: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, […]

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Living Out Peace on Earth

Learn to embrace peace on earth as part of the kingdom of God; as something to live in and spread around every day, all year long. Click to read.

Every year around a thousand people packed into the sanctuary for all 6 performances of my church’s big Christmas production. While the production changed slightly each year, it always ended the same way. My friends and I lit each other’s candles, stood in a line, and then walked down the aisles singing: Let there be […]

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Finding Joy in Christmas

Struggling to find your Christmas joy? Join me in finding joy in Christmas by praying through Luke 1-2. I'll walk you through the process.

I set up the Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving and then waited expectantly for the joy of Christmas to fill me. Nothing happened. “Maybe more lights would help,” I thought a few days later, as I adorned my windows with twinkly lights. It didn’t work. “I know! I am not in the Christmas spirit because […]

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