Tag Archives: Jesus

Every Christmas is the Best Christmas

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Dan and I do not remember our first Christmas together. Still newlyweds, we were loving life and loving each other, working at challenging jobs, and our families were both out of the area. I was surprised to find the Christmas … Continue reading

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Beautiful Grace

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Our daughter once told us of a friend who felt that God was punishing her for disobeying him many years ago, and my dad and I both said, at the same time, God doesn’t work that way. I’m grateful that … Continue reading

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In Your Trials, Trust God

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A cancer diagnosis took me completely by surprise 12 years ago. I was perfectly healthy and had no risk factors. I was processing my questions with a mature Christian friend when she said, “It’s almost a compliment, don’t you think?” She was saying that … Continue reading

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The Fence or the Well

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Where does a society place its boundaries, its fences, for right behavior? I wrote three blog posts five years ago on this subject, and it’s interesting to read them now. Do you think that the issues have changed? Have Christians changed their … Continue reading

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Identity Politics and Intrinsic Identity

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We are constantly being categorized. Each one of us is seen as part of a larger association: right or left; black or white; rich, middle class or poor; male or female; boomer, buster/gen x, millennial/gen y, or boomlet/gen z; Christian, … Continue reading

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Hope More; Expect Less

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What do you expect in the near future? In Chicago, we can expect winter to be cold, snowy and long, but we can also expect a warm summer and a beautiful fall. (Spring is non-existent.) I expect to attend two family … Continue reading

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Three Reasons to Study Your Bible

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“Why study the Bible?” may seem like a silly question, especially if you’re a person who studies the Bible often, but it’s worth considering. Bible study can become a dry or optional habit if we’re not coming to God’s Word … Continue reading

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Christmas: Evidence of God’s Love

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Jesus love me this I know. As a child I sang that song, and as an adult I have always known that Jesus loves me. But…sometimes I forget. At times I’m not so sure. Christmas provides an especially good opportunity … Continue reading

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Dare to Hope

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Have you ever stifled your hopes to avoid disappointment?  Me too. A lifetime of being a Chicago Cubs fan has taught me not to get my hopes up.  When I was a kid I watched or listened to every game possible, … Continue reading

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Three Untold Bible Stories and What They Tell Us About God

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The Bible is God’s Word to us; God is the main character and the Bible tells God’s story.  His supporting cast inhabits about 2200 years of human history starting with the people of Israel and ending with the first century development of … Continue reading

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