When Love and Goodness Define Possibility – #5-Photo-Friday

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.” Anonymous At its best, "5-Photo-Friday" is not only a catch-all for previously unpublished photographs, it is also a tribute to the diversity …

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everything else evaporates, and what we are left with is pure love: Advent Day 22

A few posts back we discussed the "Meaning of the Nativity" (Day 17). But today - the Fourth Sunday in Advent - I can't help but return to the powerful image, and wonder at how the simple - very human - drama of the stable brings everything else about this time of the year into clear focus. Last Christmas, …

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Decorating from the heart: Advent Day 4

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” - Luke 2:29-32 Yes, we have a beautiful home; yes, …

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HGTV, real faith, personal growth, and catalog shopping

This weekend, watching one of those home-improvement shows on HGTV, Rebekah and I  followed the camera as it panned a room to reveal item after item of nondescript furniture. The host then made a face, rolled her eyes, and said, "The six-piece matching bedroom set... ugh." We laughed, because we've never matched; piecing together completely …

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advent decorating and spiritual transformation

oday I'd like to write a little about decorating. Typically, Rebekah and I get started while we're cleaning up from our huge Thanks-Gratitude feast. But this year, with 13-month-old David toddling around at full speed, sampling everything he could possible grab and put into his mouth, we decided to wait until after his 10-day visit. …

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when good theology leads to good decorating…

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they …

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More than just a pretty tutu…

In Christ's family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ's family, then you are Abraham's famous "descendant," heirs according to the covenant promises. - …

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