Celebrating the Coming of the “Sonrise”

Celebrating the Coming of the "Sonrise"

  As Christmas is quickly approaching, let’s reflect on what Christmas is truly about. It’s not about the decorations, food, family gatherings, and Christmas music, although we enjoy those things at this time of year. But we wouldn’t even have Christmas if Jesus hadn’t come to this earth as a baby born in Bethlehem. Because He came, we have hope in this life and eternal life. A few months ago, I witnessed the sunrise over

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Celebrating Christmas in the Midst of Grief

Celebrating Christmas in the Midst of Grief

I have several friends who have lost loved ones over the past few months. With Christmas just a few days away, they’re wondering what this Christmas will be like without their loved one. I understand their feelings – my mom went home to be with the Lord on December 19 two years ago. My aunt (her sister) died a few hours later. We had two funerals a day apart just a few days before Christmas.

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Playing the Comparison Game

Playing the Comparison Game

I confess. I struggle with comparison. I wish I were as pretty as she is. I wish I was as funny as she is. I wish I could dress as cute as she does. I wish I had what she has. I wish I could sing like she does. I wish I lived in that house or that neighborhood. And on and on it goes. To be honest, I think most of us struggle with

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Giving Thanks in All Things

Giving Thanks in All Things

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day we slow down to give thanks. Yet, I was reminded this morning that I should be giving thanks every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving. And I try to. I have a Thank You journal by my chair to write down what I’m thankful for each morning. It’s easy to thank God when things are going great — when my football team wins, when He answers my

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Moved to Worship

Moved to Worship

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) Those verses took on new meaning for me as I spent the last ten days in Nepal, gazing at the beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges, including an up-close look at Mount Everest. My response every time I looked at the mountains was one of worship, wanting to fall

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Hope in the Midst of Dark Times

Hope in the Midst of Dark Times

I think we’re probably all familiar with the song, “This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” We tend to think of this song as a children’s song. But to be honest, the meaning of this song is just as much for adults as it is for kids. The challenge from this song is, are you going to let your light shine? Are you going to let the light of Christ in you

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When God Has to Slow Us Down

When God Has to Slow Us Down

Oh, no! The one thing I was hoping to avoid happened this past weekend. I guess I was way overdue. I’ve been faithful every year in getting the flu shot, and I was planning to get the shot this Friday when I had my regular appointment with my doctor. The only problem – I got the flu last weekend – before I could get the shot. It wasn’t what I had planned for this week.

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Your First Love

Your First Love

Recently, I was listening online to one of my seminary professors speaking at the Dallas Seminary Chapel. He shared how he had received a letter from a seminary graduate expressing gratitude for the education he had received there during his time in seminary. But the graduate went on to write something that was deeply disturbing. He said that when he arrived on campus, he was deeply in love with Jesus Christ. But when he left,

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Diagnosis: DO Syndrome

Diagnosis: DO Syndrome

I suffer from the DO syndrome. Have you heard of it? Here are some of the symptoms of the DO syndrome: Is easily distracted from the task at hand Has difficulty focusing on just one thing Can’t seem to finish one project before starting at least five others in the process Is a master at multi-tasking (That’s not necessarily a good thing.) Can push aside the most important things in order to take care of

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The Perfect “Crutch”

The Perfect "Crutch"

Years ago, I stepped off a curb without paying attention and sprained my ankle. It was painful, but I was thankful I didn’t break any bones. However, I had to use crutches for a week. They helped, but they were never meant to be a permanent fix. Their purpose was to assist me in getting around for a short period of time while my ankle healed. We all have potential crutches in our lives –

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