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All Saints’ Day

Today is Halloween, or “All Hallows’ Eve”. ¬†Most places I have been, Halloween is little more than an excuse to dress up in custom and, depending on one’s age, either ‘trick or treat’ or party. ¬†While Halloween may well have some pagan origins, and without a doubt includes many non-Christian elements today, I find it interesting that it is calendared to be on the evening of All Hallows’, or All Saints’ Day, a date of some significance to many Christian traditions. All Saints’ Day is celebrated by many Christian traditions, both in the East and the West, to remember the …

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Good News of Great Joy!

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

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2011 In Review, AKA the Christmas Letter

Well, as 2011 draws to a close it is time to do the annual, or bi-annual, Christmas letter; attempting to enthrall all of our friends and family with the exciting details of our past year. I would dearly love to tell you enchanting tales of our mission trip to the Congo, the adoption of our new Ukrainian baby and our 3 week adventure in Australia and New Zealand, but alas I cannot. Mostly because in reality our past year has been somewhat more modest.

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Why I Don’t Like Christmas

There are actually two things happening this time of year that are both labeled as Christmas. One is a celebration of the coming of our Savior to begin his work of redemption; and that is meaningful to me. The other is an excuse to give a shot in the arm to the local economy as well as go further into debt; and I’m not overly fond of that ‘Christmas’.

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Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving rolls around again I find it appropriate to take the time to remember what I have to be thankful for. Included in this list is (are) …

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It’s Thanksgiving morning and as I set here this morning on a cold snowy day, I have much to be thankful for. It is good to take the time periodically to recognize those things rather than just take them for granted like I so often do.