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Merry Christmas, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Jesus Christ

If you were asked to throw out words to describe your feelings about Christmas, “broken plans” and “paradoxes” probably wouldn’t make your list. But they’d be at the top of it if you were Mary and Joseph. In the countdown to your wedding, your supposedly “virgin” fiancé tells you she’s pregnant and has the gall […]

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22
Dec
2016
Family Matters

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and […]

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05
Dec
2016

A Comma Called Christmas

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Merry Christmas, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Jesus Christ

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. Isaiah 9:2   December serves as the sunset month of another year; the dusk before the dawn of a fresh calendar. It’s always been ironic to me that our sovereign […]

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21
Dec
2015

Christmas: A Hope Story

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Family Matters

I wish we were sitting down right now—just you and me—with a cup of coffee. I’d love to hear about your past year and get caught up on where you are in your journey. Wouldn’t it be great if we could spend the bulk of our time smiling and laughing? But life—even a life lived […]

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17
Dec
2015
War On Christmas, Family matters, Christmas

Those of us who were raised in the Church know the narrative of Christmas, the story of Christ and his life and ministry forwards and backwards.  It’s often brought up in teachings, studies and sermons that so many of the people who lived in the same day and age as Jesus missed the boat on […]

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  We have been parents for 14 years now, and have made plenty of mistakes with our three children. (Can “Our Worst Parenting Decisions” can be a follow up blog post? Maybe not. After all, I try to limit my posts to only 700 words.) Despite making more mistakes than I care to admit or […]

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24
Dec
2014

{originally published in 2012}   Whose ideas was it anyway to cram 365 days worth of glad tidings, good cheer, shopping, baking and entertaining into the month of December? Can we point the finger at Martha Stewart? Wal-Mart? Or people like us who love the holly jolly idea on paper?  Yes to all three. We […]

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11
Dec
2014

{originally published in 2012}   I have been told more than once to stop singing CHRISTmas songs. Shocking, yes! Not quite so shocking when you realize I have been told that during the months of March, June and September. CHRISTmas time seems to just automatically fill me with joy, hope and peace. The entire month […]

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Christmas crafts, Family Matters, Pinterest, Grace Based Parenting

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer” It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Let’s celebrate with some Christmas time crafts!  You can find even more wonderful ideas on our Family Fun-ness board on our Pinterest page!       […]

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09
Dec
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Michelle Hutchison, Grace Does Not Have A Nice List, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf, Veggie Tales

{originally published in 2013} Recently, I sat down to watch a movie with my kids about the story of St. Nicholas (yes, it was a Veggie Tales movie, just stay with me). Long story short, here was a man (or cucumber as it were) from wealthy means who chose to bestow his benevolence on needy […]

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