Christmas Traditions: A Look Back…

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Christmas decorations are an automatic expectation for most Christian households and public spaces like our churches. It usually includes some basics: manger scene, tree, ornaments, stockings, lights, mistletoe (maybe not at church), and probably some hot drinks spiced up with cinnamon and nutmeg. But was this always the way Christmas was celebrated? What can the past teach us about how and where our own Christmas traditions originated?


Thanksgiving, bad for you?

Thanksgiving is bad for the body, but really good for the soul!  I really don’t need to make the argument of the ill affects of overeating do I?  Is this a message about not eating too much?  No, don’t worry I will be wearing my stretchy pants on Thanksgiving too.  


The Election: What to do?

By now, you may be ready to turn off the TV, pull up all the political yard signs and call the post office to stop sending you political fliers. And if you are like me, you are ready to have this election behind us.


“Secret O’ Life”

I recently got to go see James Taylor in concert.  Yes, it was amazing.  I have long admired his guitar playing and songwriting skills.  Luck would have it he opened up with one of my favorite songs of his, “Secret O’ Life”.  As I get older I find myself often getting mehlencoly.  I think about how my kids have already grown up and how fast time seems to be flying.  This song is a great antidote so I thought I would share the lyrics with you all….


Our Lives are Stories

If you want to get to know someone, you need to know 

their story. Their life is a story. It, too, has a past and a future. It, too, unfolds in a series of scenes over the course of time. Why is Grandfather so silent? Why does he drink too much? Well, let me tell you.


Meet Paul Rapley

Paul Rapley is a ten year cancer-survivor who now has a passion to see others healed.


Thankful for the Church

Why am I Thankful for the Church?
I’m focusing on why I’m thankful for the  church. Without it, I wouldn’t be who I am today. How about you?


Choose to Live your Dreams


“We are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:5 NLT, second edition)

People deal with their dreams in one of three ways. They accuse, they excuse, or they choose. 


Jesus Died of a Broken Heart


“That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all — was put to death and then made alive — to bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18 MSG). 

Easter celebrates an event that proved Jesus was who he claimed to be. He was God in the flesh, and he came to Earth to save us. And that meant he had to die for us.


A Blue Rose


It’s important to notice others – especially when they’re special.

Special can however mean a variety of things. This story is testament to that.

It was an ordinary day at the store for one mother and her mentally challenged son. But when a perfect stranger takes the time to speak to the teenage son, it becomes a very special day for everyone. A day they would never forget.


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