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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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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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Celebrating Advent

This time of year used to look very different than all the advertisements we are bombarded with nowadays. The word “holiday” is in fact a product of the Old English words hālig (holy) and dæg (day). A holy day was 24-hours set apart for God. The holiday season was a time of giving thanks, recognizing […]

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Nelson Mandela: Let Freedom Ring

It seems that every so often, someone rises above the cultural and political fog of his time and speaks truth in a way that captivates and compels towards the betterment of humanity. For those of us on this planet today, Nelson Mandela was that man. Most known for persevering through 27 years of imprisonment and […]

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Philippines Response: Applying Lessons from Indonesia to Haiyan

Many will remember the tsunami on December 26, 2004, that wiped out large parts of Indonesia and Thailand. The final death toll was more than 230,000 people, with millions more left homeless. At the time, it spurred the largest humanitarian response in history. When news began to trickle in about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines earlier this month, it brought back vivid memories of similar circumstances from the preceding Asian disaster. Here are three lessons to consider from the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami.

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Trickle-down Compassion

My wife and I are days away from the arrival of our first child. It’s a crazy time when you know that you are on the edge of such a life-changing experience. The end of one phase of life, and the beginning of another. It is both exciting and nerve-racking … but ultimately… it’s just […]

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Inspiring Hope: “All things are possible for one who believes…”

Confession: I am an optimist. I feel stronger when I’m positive. When asked what kind of animal best defines my personality, I answer…Golden Retriever. The glass is always half full. And in college, I was dubbed “sunshine” for my best-case-scenario outlooks that matched my abnormally blonde mane and glowing complexion. But I’m also a product […]

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Westgate Mall: Being a Light in Nairobi

The tragic terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is yet another reminder of the evil that permeates our world. Yet, it is another reason for why our resolve toward grace and compassion must be stronger. History has shown that some of the greatest battles against evil and injustice have been won through the […]

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