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Days 15-25 of the Christmas Devotional

DAY 15:  December 16, 2019 (15th Day of Advent)   YAHWEH YIREH (yah-WEH yir-EH) "The Lord Who Provides"   Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it...

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Days 8-14 of the Christmas Devotional.

DAY 8:  December 9, 2019            8th Day of Advent            8th and Final Night of Hanukkah   MOSHIA (MOE-shee-ah) "Savior"   "I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior." Isaiah 43:11 (NLT)   Moshia is a name of God that is used a number of times in the...

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IMMANUEL DAILY CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL

Dear Friends,   This Sunday and continuing through Christmas day, I will be posting a short devotional each day that considers one of the names of God.   I'm calling this devotional IMMANUEL because it means "God is with us."  My prayer is that we will know the Lord...

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WHAT CHRISTIANS CAN LEARN FROM HANUKKAH

Dear Friends, To my Jewish friends, Hanukkah Sameach!  Happy Hanukkah! Next Sunday night (December 2nd) is the first night of Hanukkah.  Hanukkah is the 8-night celebration that dates back to the 25th of Kislev 165 BC when Judas Maccabees (Judas the Hammer) led the...

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WHY THANKSGIVING MATTERS

  Dear Friends, This Thursday is my favorite holiday of the year.  It makes me excited even now thinking about Thanksgiving.  Kathy is already busy buying some of the food and supplies we will need to have a wonderful meal and a great time together.  She is the single...

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THE POWER OF A THANKFUL HEART

THE POWER OF A THANKFUL HEART Dear Friends, In a week and a half Americans will be gathering all over our nation to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  While we call it "Thanksgiving Day" maybe a better name would be "Turkey Day" or "Football Day."  How much of the way we...

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AN ELECTION DAY PERSPECTIVE

Dear Friends, We are facing the midterm elections on Tuesday.  So many Christians are divided over party politics with neither side willing or able to see the viewpoint of the other.  I weary of American politics because I don't believe the answers to the problems we...

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DEALING WITH BROKENNESS

Dear Friends, What is the Christian response to the brokenness we see in our world today?  This past week we have seen example after example of the brokenness of our society—death, murder, suicide, hatred, disease, war, and division—all point to how something is not...

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HOW TO GRIEVE WITH GOD

Dear Friends, I was recently talking to a friend who was dealing with grief.  When asked what resource I would suggest that would be helpful, I stopped to think.  After Donna was killed, concerned friends gave me many books.  I appreciated their kindness, and read...

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HOW TO GRANDPARENT GOD’S WAY

  Dear Friends, This past Friday I spoke at Grandparents Day at Heritage Christian School (we have four grandchildren who are students at Heritage).  It was one of the most fun talks I've ever given because I got to talk about my grandkids. Here are THREE OF FUNNY...

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SEEKING REFUGE

Dear Friends, As a pastor of a congregation and chaplain for Fishers Police and Fire Departments there are times when I get overwhelmed with the hurting people around me.  Often in waves, I walk with people through one difficulty after another until it begins to take...

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HOW TO GET WHAT YOU NEED

This picture is when our son, Graham was just 7 years old.  We had been teaching him to learn how to match his clothes.  We explained how the colors of your pants and shirt should match or at least compliment each other. One morning we were leaving for worship and...

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