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Have a merry, happy and blessed Christmas

Only a few more days until we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World. One of my favorite stories surrounding the birth of Christ is that of the Magi. The Magi have really good “cred” in the Christmas story. Nobody traveled further to see the Messiah. Nobody suffered more in that traveling. Nobody left more behind (Persian […]

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One of my favorite Christmas Carols…what’s yours?

Tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., or the lesser known school stabbings in China, make us keenly aware for our need for light in dark situations. Maybe it’s just me, but walking into a shopping mall and hearing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (again), doesn’t do it. But there are so, so, so many other […]

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Let’s make it rain goats

As a parent, I learn a lot from my kids. We recently finished 8 Days of Giving and as I watched how my kids view poverty, I learned a lot about how God wants us to address hunger. My kids taught me that what I perceive is a lot of money is life changing for other […]

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Hallelujah!

Like many musicians, I opened December with a black tie music performance of Handel’s Messiah. It’s a tradition in many churches — and a tradition for me — to  attend at least one Messiah performance in December. This year, though, I joined the choir instead of just listening. Somewhere in the midst of a rehearsal, our wonderful […]

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Do we have the courage to protect the innocents?

It’s hard to write this morning. I was planning to wax eloquent about the Farm Bill legislation that is currently stuck in Congress and the “fiscal cliff” that we face as a nation on December 31. But those topics pale in comparison to the national tragedy in Connecticut. We all know this story very well […]

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Day 8: 5 Bibles (8 Days of Giving)

It’s day eight of our 8 Days of Giving and we’ve learned a lot about giving and serving the most vulnerable. We’ve learned how gardens in FH communities are similar to our own, what rabbits are really used for, how deworming can change a child’s life (500 of them in a single gift!), and the […]

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Day 7: 2 Tippy Taps (8 Days of Giving)

Like many families this Christmas season, our family has had it’s share of sickness. This past week, the flu has made its way through four kids and me. Jennica is due Christmas, so we’ve been trying our best to keep her from getting sick. It’s easy for us to buy antibacterial soaps and sprays, wash […]

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Give Like a Wise Man

‘Tis the season for gift-giving! The exchange of gifts at Christmas is something special at any age. The pleasure of giving and receiving with those I know best and care about most never gets dull. But that specialness ramped up to a whole new level once I had kids old enough to understand it. There’s nothing […]

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Day 6: Vegetable Seeds (8 Days of Giving)

I have a garden that provides organic food for my family. My kids help with it, so they understand the benefits and work that goes into growing food. When we saw the vegetable seeds in the FH gift catalog, our family choose the seeds with a resounding, “Yes!” The vegetable seeds didn’t take much explanation, until Emily […]

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Fabiola’s Prayer

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise. — Psalm 8:2 Fabiola was a sad child. So sad, in fact, that Food for the Hungry (FH) staff were concerned about this 12-year-old girl. During the many years of conflict in Burundi, Fabiola’s family had lost everything. As peasant farmers, they barely raised enough […]

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