What Can I Give Him? (by Marion Stroud)

Read: Psalm 103:1–18 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2 One year, those responsible for decorating their church for Christmas decided to use the theme of “Christmas lists.” Instead of decorating with the usual shiny gold and silver ornaments, they gave each person a

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The Best Gift Ever (by Randy Kilgore)

Read: 1 Peter 3:8–16 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15 At a winter retreat in northern New England, one of the men asked the question, “What was your favorite Christmas gift

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A Personal Story (by Tim Gustafson)

Read: Exodus 1:22–2:10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Psalm 27:10 nlt A baby just hours old was left in a manger in a Christmas nativity outside a New York church. A young, desperate mother had wrapped him warmly and placed him

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Spreading Joy (by Julie Ackerman Link)

Read: John 16:16–24 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10 When Janet went to teach English in a school overseas, she found the atmosphere gloomy and depressing. People did their jobs, but

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Enemy Love (by Mart DeHaan)

Read: Jonah 3:10–4:11 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Luke 6:32 When war broke out in 1950, fifteen-year-old Kim Chin-Kyung joined the South Korean army to defend his homeland. He soon found, however, that he wasn’t ready for the horrors of combat. As

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Who Do You Say He Is? (by Bill Crowder)

Read: Matthew 16:13–20 Who do you say I am? Matthew 16:15 In a 1929 Saturday Evening Post interview, Albert Einstein said, “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.

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Our Covering (by Anne Cetas)

Read: Romans 3:21–26 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Psalm 32:1 When talking about faith in Jesus, we sometimes use words without understanding or explaining them. One of those words is righteous. We say that God has righteousness and that He makes people righteous,

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Another Side of Comfort (by Lawrence Darmani)

Read: Jeremiah 7:1–11 Hear the word of the Lord. Jeremiah 7:2 The theme for our adult camp was “Comfort My People.” Speaker after speaker spoke words of assurance. But the last speaker drastically changed the tone. He chose Jeremiah 7:1–11 and the topic “Wake Up from Slumber.” Without mincing words

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One Short Sleep (by David Roper)

Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8 Henry Durbanville, a Scottish pastor from another era, told the story of an elderly woman in his parish who lived in a remote

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Living in the Light

Read: 1 John 2:3–11 The darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:8 It was a dark morning. Low, steel-colored clouds filled the sky, and the atmosphere was so dim that I needed to turn on the lights in order to read a book. I

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Good News! (by David McCasland)

Read: Nahum 1:7–15 Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Nahum 1:15 World news bombards us from the Internet, television, radio, and mobile devices. The majority seems to describe what’s wrong—crime, terrorism, war, and economic problems. Yet there are times when

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The Money (by Tim Gustafson)

Read: Matthew 6:24–34 You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 Early in my career while doing work that I saw as more of a mission than a job, another company offered me a position that would give a significant increase in pay. Our family could surely have benefited

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