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A Grace-Filled Christmas

ChristmasGrace is defined as simple elegance or refinement of movement.  To do honor or credit to someone or something by one's presence.

Grace is something that we need all year long, however it's always good to remember that Grace first came to us in a manger. In the cold. There was straw and there were animals.

And the birth of Jesus.

Christmas is when Grace came to earth that night and Grace has been with us every day since. Never ending, always available and full of love.

This Christmas you can hear the story of Grace in Max ...

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Women Who Welcomed Christ

Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. - Elizabeth Stone

I must admit that my heart is tender today.  I just said (and hugged and kissed!) "goodbye" to my firstborn son as he left for a week of sixth grade camp in the mountains.  His return on Friday afternoon can't come soon enough!  While I know this is just the beginning of many "send-offs" to come, today I am certainly identifying with this quote about motherhood.

And, in this season, my thoughts ...

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The Meaning of the Advent

My always inquisitive 10-year old daughter Rebecca asked me what Advent meant.  I explained that it means "arrival" and stands for the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. 

Billy Graham shares about the "Advent Season" on the ministry web site: "The Advent season usually starts four weeks before Christmas and concludes with the celebration of Christ's birth. Some churches emphasize the Advent season more than others, but all Christians look forward to celebrating Christ's birth during this season of the year."

In a video message about The First Christmas, Mr. Graham shares a touching story about a ...

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The Perfect Christmas Gift

                        WGH CHRISTMAS 2012

Do you need to find the "perfect" Christmas gift for someone special, or for that nice neighbor that watched your house while you were on vacation?

How about sharing God's love for them?  What could be better than sharing the Gospel message, and planting a seed for their eternal salvation?

This Christmas, Elizabeth George (A Woman After God's Own Heart) has a wonderful holiday radio special titled, "Faith, Hope, and Love...and the Greatest of These is LOVE!"  It's taken from 1st Corinthians - "The Love Chapter."

This simple theme of the Gospel story ─ His love for ...

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Adorning Our Home

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."  (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

As FamilyLife has often noted, "our homes are living testimonies of our values."  It would seem ...

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Keep Focus on Jesus

I was catching up with a friend this weekend - her struggles with moving her elderly mom to assisted care, the challenges of an alcoholic brother, her recent diagnosis of diabetes and her heavy heart as Christmas approaches and she faces it single . . . again.  She sighed and said candidly, "I can't wait for this year to be over."

And yet, we realized that although it'd been a difficult season for her emotionally and physically, spiritually, she'd experienced the best year ever.   A relatively new believer, during these past 12 months, my friend started attending church regularly, became involved ...

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