Join Me for Advent?

Join Me for Advent?

Were you out in the malls catching the sales this weekend? I missed it. Have you already put up your tree? My pilgrims and pumpkins never even made it to my kitchen table this year. It was a different Thanksgiving, and I have a feeling it will be a very different Christmas season, but I don’t want to rush through this season or miss the meaning of Advent, no matter what my day holds.

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The Vital Role of Worship & Prayer

The Vital Role of Worship & Prayer

While I’m running around Europe with my mom, I’m loading you down with info on spiritual growth . . . it all started when my mom handed me my “Spiritual Growth” journal from when I was a teen (see Tuesday’s post). When my pastor gave it to me, it started me on a journey that keeps getting better each day!

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What is Your Most Urgent Need?

What is Your Most Urgent Need?

Today, I want to share with you a message that I gave to a group of pastors’ wives several years ago, but it is a message that applies to all of us. It’s really a prep for this week’s series on Spiritual Growth, so if you have twenty minutes, you might find it helpful.

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Determined to Not Lose Heart

Determined to Not Lose Heart

I felt it hot and heavy breathing down my neck—the enemy’s lie. What’s it matter? Give up. This is too hard. I remember the exact spot where I was standing when his foul breath blew that lie across my face, the sound vibrating in accusing waves through my brain. That was almost 15 years ago, and there’s been many hard battles fought since then. And in every battle, the enemy tempts us to lose heart.

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What Are Those Angels Doing This Christmas?

What Are Those Angels Doing This Christmas?

Weaving my way through the mass of mall shoppers, past the long line waiting for Santa’s knee, avoiding the tempting smell of far too expensive coffee, I heard familiar carols blasting overhead: “Angels we have heard on high . . .” And I wondered about those supernatural beings—those powerful creatures that came to announce the Savior’s birth; that pronounced the most incredible good news ever heard by human ears! Remember them from Luke chapter 2? What are those angels doing this Christmas?

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