Dear Barbara, What about Santa?

By Barbara Rainey | December 3, 2018 | 26 Comments

Dear Barbara, How should our family handle the popular tradition of Santa? I know Christmas is about Jesus, so is it wrong to talk about Santa too? Like many of you, Dennis and I kept our favorite childhood holiday traditions alive as we began growing our new little family: Santa, cookie recipes, all white lights […]

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5 Ways to Display Your Adorenaments Year-Round

By Barbara Rainey | December 29, 2017 | 5 Comments

Did you pack away Christmas yet? While carefully wrapping ornaments to hide back in tattered boxes, I realized that I am guilty of thinking the sweet Babe in the manger can only be celebrated during the short Christmas season. What about you? But as a friend said, “He is the reason for every season, not […]

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Everyone’s Favorite Name

By Barbara Rainey | April 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

In the beginning God created and He named. He called the darkness Night and the light Day. The dry land He named Earth and the sky above Heaven. He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, giving each a specific name. Meaning is inherent in a name, giving identity to an object or a person. Like the sun, we, too, are known […]

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How to Remember Jesus on Christmas Morning + Our Christmas Card

By Barbara Rainey | December 23, 2016 | 3 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 trips to the mall in a frenzy for Christmas morning? You might have started strong with the weekly Advent readings but the […]

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Jesus, the Messenger: Join the Conversation

By Janel Breitenstein | December 21, 2016 | 5 Comments

It was 2004, and I was seven months pregnant with my first child when I lost my job. Stunned and fretful over more than the insurance I’d need for my delivery, I still recall distinctly the conversation of two mentors that sat with my husband and I praying at the table that week: We pray […]

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