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This Christmas Gift

This Christmas Gift

It was the deepest silence I’ve ever experienced as I parked a few feet from my father’s grave. The calmness felt sacrosanct.The silence invited me in, and I allowed myself to be surrounded by it. I listened intently to the stillness. Sometimes God speaks most powerfully in silence… “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

The deep peace I feel is always intriguing to me each time I pass by my dad’s “final resting place”- as they say. I mean, I’m the emotional guy that might cry at a goofy Hallmark...

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A Thrill of Hope

A Thrill of Hope

“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn”

What a timeless carol! When in all of history has the weary world not longed for a thrill of hope?

My church is currently working our way through Isaiah, and I am amazed at the hope unfurling as the prophet Isaiah reveals the promises of the Lord to His people.

“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.”...

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What Mary Knew

What Mary Knew

Sometimes I dream about having the same quiet strength and tenacity that Mary possessed. Experiencing an angelic visitation is one thing. But asking said angel, “How can this be since I am a virgin?” causes me to chuckle, honestly. Picture it. In the midst of her otherwise predictable day this innocent, betrothed, starry-eyed young lady becomes the object of a divine messenger.  Gabriel, whose powerful presence overwhelmed Zechariah and Daniel, visits sweet Mary and her initial, greatly troubled reaction, turns into a question followed by an acceptance.

Mary knew an angel...

Joseph, Did You Know?

Joseph, Did You Know?

Much has been made about the wise men coming to visit young Jesus. They have a Christmas carol devoted to their story (We Three Kings), an entire liturgical season about the themes of the Gospel being revealed to the nations (Epiphany), and now a recent rise in memes about the little drummer boy waking up the baby and the wise men presenting Him with wildly impractical gifts. The image is legitimately funny, I love a good sardonic meme. But I think the trend uncovers a real misunderstanding about the timing...

Things St. Nicholas ACTUALLY Said…

Things St. Nicholas ACTUALLY Said…

No, “Ho, Ho, Ho,” isn’t his quote. Neither was the idea of checking a list twice, flying reindeer led by a bright nose, or Home Alone (although it is nearly perfect).

Christmas for the Christian is an odd time. On this day, Christmas Day, all of us (well, some of us) wonder why we tell tales of a large man sneaking in our house while we slept to deliver the gifts we purchased and assembled.

Strange tradition, huh? Strange…or, maybe creepy.

The good news is that the real model for “Old St. Nick”...

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The Most Important Trait You Have

The Most Important Trait You Have

I want to share about a time where my self-awareness was at a 0. Or maybe even negative if that’s possible. I was once leading a small team that had super high capacity. For about a month and a half, we worked long, intense hours with lots of overtime that resulted in tremendous success. At the first meeting after this season ended, I brought bottles of a sparkling beverage and fun champagne flutes to celebrate our success with a toast.

But as I pulled out the bottles and glasses, the record...

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