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New Year Traditions

New Year Traditions

In cultures around the world, the New Year brings special traditions.  Many of our holiday customs come from the ancient Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans.  In these lands, people celebrated the…

The Grinch

The Grinch

All around the world, nativity scenes at Christmastime incorporate the Holy Family, shepherds, and angels.  They typically also include the magi, who traveled from the east to worship the newborn…

Elf Esteem

Elf Esteem

One of my favorite Christmas movies is Elf1, starring Will Farrell.  Buddy the Elf isn’t really an elf.  He’s a human who accidentally stowed away in Santa’s sack as a…

“The Little Match Girl”

“The Little Match Girl”

Today, I simply want to share with you the story of The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen, which is in the public domain. I have added a scripture…

The Island of Misfit Toys

The Island of Misfit Toys

The 1964 classic movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,[i] is all about misfits. Rudolph has a very shiny nose, and gets tormented by all of the other reindeer for being different. His…

Loving People, Post-Election

Loving People, Post-Election

Every day when we read the newspaper or watch TV we are inundated by the world’s violence.  Unthinkable violence happens not only in war-torn countries, but it seems lately our…

Seeking Jesus

Seeking Jesus

In the old Christmas classic film Miracle on 34th Street1, the story begins with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.  An elderly gentleman named Kris Kringle takes the place of an actor…

Who to Trust?

Who to Trust?

This past Tuesday, America went to the polls to elect the President, Vice President, and members of the US House of Representatives.  I know that some people didn’t like either…

Passion for God’s House

Passion for God’s House

Have you ever done something with such zeal that you felt like you gave yourself to it completely, no matter what it cost?  These are the moments when the Spirit…

A Point of Emptiness

A Point of Emptiness

I used to preach with PowerPoint. Not like I do now, with just the scripture on the screen so people can see it, but also with intricately designed slides full…