When Shame Keeps You Away

When Shame Keeps You Away Article by Stephen Witmer Pastor, Pepperell, Massachusetts Some of us are unsure of God’s full acceptance. We suspect he’s disappointed with our best efforts. We live with low-grade guilt, feeling like we’ve never really pleased him — that he’d always like to see us doing a bit better. Perhaps we’re equally…

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James 5

James 5

Emotions Make Terrible Gods

Emotions Make Terrible Gods Taking Control of Our Feelings Article by Greg Morse Content strategist, desiringGod.org “You cannot tell me how to feel,” the little girl shouted mid-tantrum. “I’m not telling you how to feel,” retorted the parent. “I am telling you how to behave. And how you are behaving is completely out of line.” Although the volume…

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The Will of God and the Fear of Man

The Will of God and the Fear of Man

THE GIFT OF GIFTS

O Source of all good things, what shall I give to you for the gift of all gifts, Your own dear Son, begotten, not created, my Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute, His self-emptying incomprehensible, His infinity of love beyond the heart’s ability to grasp. Herein is the wonder of wonders; He came below to raise me…

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Unto Us

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…”(Isaiah 9:6). There are a lot of one-liners that go along with the Christmas season, we see them on banners and displays, and if we are not careful, they simply slide by without us giving them a lot of thought. Such is the…

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Jesus as Prophet Priest and King Advent

Jesus as Prophet Priest and King Advent

Wrapped in Swaddling Cloths

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in…

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Hello and holiday greetings from the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.  Myself, along with Molly and Emily have been especially blessed during our time here. What a privilege it is to serve God in such a beautiful country. Our work as teachers provides quality education for the children of translators, both expats and nationals. …

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Of Gratitude and Grief

While contemplating the tragedy and loss of the recent Camp Fire in Paradise, California, I came across the article below. It was written by Margaret Manning of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. In it she wrestles with phenomenons of grief and joy and how we experience them, sometimes experiencing them both within a short span of time….

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