Cradle to Cross

By Barbara Rainey | December 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

Beautiful Savior, What more could be done than Thou has done! Thy death is my LIFE, Thy resurrection my PEACE, Thy ascension my HOPE, Thy prayers my COMFORT. Help me give thanks today and forever. Amen. A Puritan prayer quoted in Valley of Vision, compiled by Arthur Bennett The incarnation of Jesus … His first coming to earth […]

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The Gift of Presence

By Barbara Rainey | December 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

The most meaningful gifts reveal profound knowledge: The giver knows the recipient well. To be known … deeply, lavishly and individually, in spite of our flaws and weaknesses … and then to be loved anyway is the collective longing of humankind. God knew that about us … and so, on the first Christmas morning, God gave us […]

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Savor the Savior This Week

By Barbara Rainey | December 26, 2022 | 1 Comment

Stop for a minute. Yes, Christmas Day is now over, but don’t hurry to box up the ornaments and purge the regalia from your home!  Recently on December 26 a national morning show featured an “expert” happily talking about packing away decorations and properly disposing of your Christmas tree. “It’s time to move on” was the […]

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Jesus Is the Word

By Barbara Rainey | December 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”    John 1:1-2 When you speak, what happens to your words after they leave your lips? It’s easy to think they vanish as soon as they are spoken, right? Words can’t […]

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Jesus Is the Son of God

By Barbara Rainey | December 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately He went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my belovedSon,with who I am well pleased.”   Matthew […]

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