The Newborn Babe Is the Lion of Judah

By Barbara Rainey | December 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Have you ever seen a lion at the circus or in a zoo? They appear docile and obedient. The trainers and keepers can feel brave with the familiarity of proximity to these great animals. But in a split second, the lion’s ear-piercing roar reminds everyone who is really in charge. The king of the jungle […]

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How to Remember Jesus on Christmas Morning: An Easy 10 Minute Idea

By Barbara Rainey | December 13, 2021 | 5 Comments

Have you been tempted to lose the celebration of Christ’s birth in a swirl of fairy tales and merchandising? Have you trivialized the stunning miracle of God becoming human with toys, tinsel, and shopping trips in a frenzy of preparation for Christmas morning? You might have started strong with weekly Advent readings with your family, but the […]

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Did Advent Sneak Up on You?

By Barbara Rainey | November 29, 2021 | 2 Comments

Advent began yesterday, the first of four Sundays leading to Christmas. If you are like me, it always sneaks up and leaves me feeling behind from the start. Maybe it’s because I like to savor Thanksgiving and our once-a-year gathering with extended family that makes me reluctant to move on to Christmas before the Thanksgiving […]

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Can You Hear Him?

By Jon Dodson | January 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Last week I woke up early. I looked out the window to assess the time and assumed it was about 6 a.m. The sun wasn’t up but the sky seemed to be lightening in the east. My mind began working as it so often does in my interrupted sleep world.  “What should I write […]

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Hope After Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 28, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I’m wondering today if you are feeling disappointed. The Christmas holidays are almost over. Though we are still surrounded by decorations and lights, for many of us the sparkles only magnify our loneliness. Our losses.  Were you alone this Christmas, even if you weren’t alone?  Did you watch your children not getting along? You […]

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