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12 Days of Christmas: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is a defining character that God always looks for in His people. Knowing this helps me take periodic stops from the busyness of life and ask myself these questions: Does God find me faithful? Do I have the kind of faith that pleases Him? Can God trust me with His mission? I can get […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Goodness

Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit that I see in bloom especially during the Christmas season. Motorists seem friendlier. Shoppers try to be more patient. And store cashiers, though visibly tired, have ready smiles. Similarly, I am more prone to give and be sensitive to those in need around this time of the year. […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Patience

Like millions of people, I love to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, it also can be a very stressful time of the year. Patience – loads of it – is what I need, so I don’t lose my joy in this happiest season of all. I find that many of the things that test my patience are […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Peace

So how do you enjoy peace during this season of parties and shopping? When days blur by and you feel like you’re running behind schedule as Christmas approaches? How about spending some quiet moments between you and the Lord while driving? I call it…drive your way to peace of mind…rather than driving to lose your […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Love

It’s Christmastime and all of us are whirring around, frazzled and distracted. Today, I invite you to join me and pause. Take a deep breath to focus on something simpler and more dazzling than anything you may or may not have wrapped yet. After all, we give gifts on Christmas to mirror the love expressed […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Humility

There are no snow days in the task of parenting. No vacation days. No sick days. Each day and season brings new non-stop challenges. One such challenge is teaching children the meaning of humility. On one hand, every parent wants their child to know that they are valuable, precious and unique. We long for them […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Perseverance

Perseverance is a mark of a Spirit-filled life. It should be evident in how we as believers manage our daily affairs. Yet, we often lose it in a world that demands comfort, convenience and compromise. Just the other day, as I was shopping for some Christmas gifts, I gave in to the lure of buying […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Kindness

“Stay out!” she yells as she slams the bathroom door closed. Her sister grabs the knob to open it and barge in. As I arrive, door tug-of-war is in full swing. By the time bedtime rolls around, things like patience and the desire to understand have worn thin. Of course, the problem  would have been […]

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Philippines: Church Celebrates Christmas

It was early November when I arrived in the Philippines, and much to my surprise they were celebrating Christmas in full force! Decorated trees were everywhere and some of our favorite holiday jingles played on the radio. It was a dichotomy for my brain… in light of the recent typhoon, how can people be so […]

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Getting Over Guilt-Trip Giving

This time of year, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to express one’s charity. There’s the bell-ringer outside the store (always able to make me feel guilty, even if I gave yesterday). Celebrity-sponsored tel-a-thons on television. The walk-a-thons, ski-a-thons, bike-a-thons for various diseases. If your email or postal mailbox is like mine, it’s stuffed […]

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