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31December 2012

by: Joseph Stigora

Bible Reading Plans for the New Year

By Joseph Stigora* We Have an Opportunity We are headed into a New Year.  Even though we know that December 31st is just another Monday and the very next day is just another Tuesday, we still have a sense that something is different.  It is a restart.  It is a chance to try something out, recommit to a goal, or plan out the year ahead of us.  January 1 gives us a great...

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29December 2012

by: Joseph Stigora

Bible Reading Plans for the New Year

By Joseph Stigora* We Have an Opportunity We are headed into a New Year.  Even though we know that December 31st is just another Monday and the very next day is just another Tuesday, we still have a sense that something is different.  It is a restart.  It is a chance to try something out, recommit to a goal, or plan out the year ahead of us.  January 1 gives us a great...

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27December 2012

by: Albert Everett

Can I Be Content?

Paul: Real Man or Demigod I wonder if I don’t see the Apostle Paul as some sort of semi-immortal; yeah, he’s a man, but more demigod than the rest of us standard-issue guys.   Paul was an exceptionally talented person who is revealed as being content in the midst of a very difficult personal life race.  But didn’t his contentment stem from his innate...

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26December 2012

by: Marty Machowski

Planning your New Years Resolutions?

Now that Christmas is over we’ve got a new year just around the corner.   As a younger guy, New Years day was a bonus holiday tucked close into Christmas.  But as I get older, each turn of the page over to a new year brings with it a greater realization that the time I have left is important.  So I’ve been thinking more seriously about my New Years...

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25December 2012

by: Marty Machowski

Christmas Day Scripture Reading

Before you open up your gifts on Christmas day, consider reading the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke. Too often, families miss the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas morning. After you read through Luke’s retelling of the birth of our Savior, lead your family in singing the popular Christmas hymn, Joy to the World. The Nativity Story Luke 2:1-2:20 -...

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24December 2012

by: Andrew Kalvelage

Worth the Wait

Text: Luke 2:22-38 Huggable Teddy Bears I remember as a little boy heading up on the escalator of a local department store.  As I got to the second floor I found what I was looking for!  There in front of me was the most adorable teddy bear I had ever seen.  It was this store’s special Christmas bear, it had the most huggable white fur along with a removable winter hat...

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22December 2012

by: Marty Machowski

The Fulfillment

Revelation 7:9-12 – “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!&rdquo...

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21December 2012

by: Simeon Snyder

Code of Elves

The holiday season is upon us. Time for fun, family, eggnog, and Buddy the Elf. I was watching the movie, Elf, just the other day and in one scene Buddy was in “Elf School” where they recite the “Code of Elves.” As I heard them recited I realized that if we translate them from Elven(?) to Christianese(?) they are actually a very good “code” for our daily...

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20December 2012

by: Albert Everett

Last Days with Dad part 2

(This is part two of a reflection on the sorrows and joys of family life as we journey through the aging and loss of our parents. Part 1 appeared December 13.)   Crushing Pills Most days Dad is able to chew his morning pills but we'd been warned by the nurses to crush his pills as long as he was out of sorts.  He's been aspirating them when he tries to swallow.  This is not...

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17December 2012

by: Marty Machowski

On Your Mark, Get Ready, and Go . . . With Old Story New

I thought I would post a short reminder to parents that we started the New Testament in Promise Kingdom this past Sunday so that we could both be in sync with the Christmas story for the holidays and so that parents can follow along with Old Story New, the New Testament family devotional that New Growth Press recently published. I've had a few people ask me how I came up with the title...

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