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23December 2015

by: Marty Machowski

Christmas Revisited: Christmas Day Scripture Reading

To continue in our Revisited Series, we're heading back to 2011 when Marty wrote about reading scripture on Christmas morning.   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 ...

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4December 2013

by: Marty Machowski

Advent Devotional

The Coming Savior: A Christmas Advent Devotional The word Advent means "arrival."  Advent traditions celebrated during the Christmas season are designed to celebrate the first advent of Jesus Christ (his first arrival or coming at his birth).  These same celebrations anticipate the second advent, the return of Christ as King (his second arrival or second coming).  Therefore, ...

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19August 2013

by: Marty Machowski

Creational Theology for Kids

(Blog Manager’s Note: this is the sixth in a CFC pastors’ series on Creational Theology. This series is meant to awaken in all of us a fresh joy in all that God has made and in our privilege to reflect his creative image in our lives. This post celebrates creation creatively.) Our children need theology too. I am currently working on a theology book for younger grade school ...

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1May 2013

by: Marty Machowski

The Invisible Parenting Tool

We’ve Tried Everything The most important tool in our parenting toolbox is invisible.  As a result, we too often fail to put it into use until the last moment when we've tried everything with no success. I had a husband and wife come to me and share that their five-year-old child refused to remain in bed after they tucked him in.  Every night they went through a long routine of ...

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14March 2013

by: Marty Machowski

The Difference between Sowing and Growing

Farmers work hard when it is time to work. They fertilize their fields in the fall, plow them in the spring, and plant their seeds in the furrows. Then they rest, and the wise farmers pray. They pray for rain, against a freeze, and for a bountiful crop. Then they rest in the reality that there is nothing more they can do. Farmers know the difference between sowing and growing. They can do the ...

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18February 2013

by: Marty Machowski

More Than a Coin for the Master

The heat from the flames surrounded him with a tenacious roar that billowed as if blown by a blacksmith’s bellows to fire the coals.  The man traveled with lightning speed, propelled by some unknown force.  A blanket of air protected his body from the flames lapping over his legs.  Then without warning the fire consumed his clothing and singed his hair.  Instinctively ...

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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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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!” ...

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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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