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Jesus Was A Refugee

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Refugees — the same today, all yearning for new life, leaving countries so war-torn, escaping from the strife. Refugees — we welcome them as they begin anew. We show hospitality and love in what we do. – John Wesley Oldham World … Read more

Wise Men?

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Professor Karl Barth, who lived from 1886 to 1968, was one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century. His biographer, Busch, characterizes him as a bit of a rebel in his youth, probably as a reaction to an overzealous mother's … Read more

Another Way For The Wise Men

Sunday, December 17, 2023

I can still remember that wonderful morning 44 years ago when Jesus Christ saved me. What a glorious day that was! I immediately fell in love with Jesus, and the journey of His conforming me to His image began. Today, some of us may … Read more

Because Of Bethlehem

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

A Facebook post caught my attention. Boyd McWhorter, it reported, was a native of my hometown of Cochran, Georgia, USA. Unless you were a big fan of college sports — in particular for the National College Athletic Association's … Read more

The Gift In The Drawer

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

All the costumes and props for the Sunday School Christmas play had been tidied up and put away. All except one, I thought. A wrapped gift lay in my drawer. I was in charge of the Sunday School, so I kept stuff in the old desk. *I wonder … Read more

Our Little Town Of Bethlehem

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Most of us know the Christmas story at least in part, if for no other reason that we see Mary, Joseph, and the Baby in a traditional place in many homes at this time of the year. Usually, not far from the manger scene are the wise men — … Read more

The Question

Friday, December 16, 2022

My granddaughters each received a Christmas colouring and activity book from our church congregation. The girls were both delighted. One day as Ade, the elder, was working on a page, she asked me to read the caption beneath. It was … Read more

Wish Upon A Star

Friday, December 9, 2022

A childhood memory that has left a permanent imprint on my heart is my father and mother pulling me in my wooden sled through the town streets to purchase our yearly Christmas tree from the downtown Boy Scout lot. As I peered out from … Read more

The Star

Thursday, December 1, 2022

The wise men saw a new star in the east, and they knew from the teachings of Daniel that it signified the birth of the King of the Jews. What excitement it must have caused them to travel — so far from Babylon to Jerusalem! They met with … Read more

Just Once, Right?

Monday, December 27, 2021

The topic was refugee sponsorship. The conversation was intense, and finally one of those at the meeting said, "Just once, right?" It might have seemed that way to someone new to the refugee crisis. The conflict in Syria had churches … Read more

Who Knows Where We Should Be?

Sunday, December 26, 2021

One of the most helpless things that we ever do in life is to have the entire care of a newborn baby. The fact is that that is what the Christmas story is all about — not just any baby, but the Son of God. I was just home from the … Read more

The Little Red Wagon

Friday, December 24, 2021

My first student church was in the small village of Vermilion Bay in northwestern Ontario, Canada. During my ministry there, I became acquainted with a dear old woman from Denmark. One hot summer afternoon in 1976, she shared the … Read more

The Wise Men: World News!

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

I never expected the Christmas nativity to be so adventurous till I began a background search on the wise men. That was like stepping through a quaint Christmas card and finding myself in a world of wide-eyed wonder. Gone was that … Read more

What The Wise Men Teach Us About Faith

Thursday, December 31, 2020

This is a familiar passage from a well-known story of 2000 years ago. Fast forward to today: You have just sent a tweet which features a picture of a majestic star: Fellow scientists and academics, we have been charting the course of … Read more

Secret Santa

Thursday, December 3, 2020

A workplace tradition at Christmas is the practice of assigning each employee the name of another co-worker to be given an anonymous gift. Our office has made our own version of the Secret Santa game: we are to choose a small gift that our … Read more

Epiphany: What Will You Bring?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Epiphany is observed on January 6th, twelve days after Christmas, to remember the Magi who came looking for King Jesus to worship Him following His divine birth. The Magi brought Him three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They were … Read more

The Day After Christmas

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas Day had been a letdown. Anticipation of the day had given way to disappointment over gifts not received, specifically a Toni doll. As advertised on television, this doll came with curlers for her blond hair that could be used … Read more

Prophecies With Fulfillments to Celebrate

Saturday, December 16, 2017

When we toured Israel as a group, our faith was reinforced as our experienced leader, a Christian minister, many times supplemented our Jordanian guide's orations of what we were seeing by telling us of further connections between these … Read more

Our Royal Gifts

Monday, December 11, 2017

Perhaps this Christmas, you'll be giving at least one present because you feel obligated. Your better judgment reminds you that gift-giving should come from your heart, not from someone's expectation. However, if you had been the Magi … Read more

The Royal Birth: Two Responses

Monday, December 4, 2017

Each Christmas, we acknowledge a royal birth. Baby Jesus was, after all, born to be King. He was destined for a throne "far above all rule and authority, power and dominion." (Ephesians 1:21 NIV) What can be said about royal births? … Read more

Follow Your Star

Sunday, January 1, 2017

I had once given up on making New Year's resolutions, because I never kept them. I now realize that the problem was that I had not consulted the Lord. They were my ideas of what I should do, or what other people thought! The image of a … Read more

The Everyday Christmas Gift

Monday, December 26, 2016

If there's one thing that I've learned when I am in the corral cleaning up, whether it be summer or winter, it's to be deliberately conscious of my step, for the corral is fraught with perils. Brush, broken branches, rock, and uneven … Read more

The Catalogue

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I can remember as if it were just yesterday the anticipation of the arrival of the Sears Wish Book. Growing up, we lived in the country, so trips into the larger city were few, especially in the winter. This, I believe, added to the … Read more

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ever since I was a youngster on the platform in our one-room, country school, along with about twelve children of varied ages and grades, I have enjoyed Christmas pageants. At the age of ten or eleven, I was the chosen angel Gabriel, and … Read more

Predictive Text

Saturday, December 12, 2015

I learned to text, only to discover that the cell phone fancied itself a prophet. This is called predictive texting. Whenever I punched in a letter, it finished the word for me. Thus, I sent messages full of words like "spzxq". The last … Read more

The Shepherd Has Come – Part One

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What if this Christmas we specifically celebrated Baby Jesus as the promised Shepherd and made shepherds our season's theme? What would that be like for you? Here's what I imagine: I see a Christmas tree decorated with fluffy sheep, … Read more

The Stand

Monday, December 7, 2015

My new Alpine goat, Agnes, is a milking goat, which has been a very interesting experience for me. Sophie, my two-year-old retriever, also found Agnes very interesting in an amusing way, at least for a time. Sophie loved nothing better … Read more

Searching For A Safe Home

Friday, December 4, 2015

The situation in the world today where so many people are fleeing for their lives from war and terrorism, searching for a safe home, reminds me of Jesus' family fleeing for their lives to Egypt in ancient times. Jesus was born and placed … Read more

The Rising Star

Friday, December 26, 2014

One year, my husband and I gave our children a telescope for Christmas. It was a gift that the whole family enjoyed as we took turns observing the beautiful night-lit sky. This experience reminded me of King David's words: Then, I … Read more

The Scent Of Christmas

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It started with a tiny hand — a hand outstretched and holding a miniature bar of goat milk soap. Of all the different fragrances offered on the vendor's autumn display table that sales day, my petite, five-year-old niece, Izzie, was … Read more

The King Of Kings

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Whenever I hear of the description "wise men" given to the magi, I immediately think of a very elderly Christian gentleman who attended my church and who had printed in large letters on his small suitcase the words, "Wise men are still … Read more

Rachel Weeping

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Last year, my son was asked to participate in leading a special "Blue Christmas" service at our church. It is held every year before the holidays to comfort those in mourning. The message emphasizes the Lord's understanding of our … Read more

The Advent Wreath

Sunday, December 1, 2013

As I see Christmas approaching, I am reminded of the preparations that have made the season special in our home. One such preparation was to go to a Christmas tree farm where we would choose our tree, and have it cut down and mounted on … Read more

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