Drum Your Drum

The Little Drummer Boy came and played his drum for the newborn King – “pa rup pa pum pum, rup pa pum pum, rup pa pum pum.”  So goes the Christmas song. The boy arrived at the manger without a gift for the King. He felt unworthy until it dawned...

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According to His Word

Mary was a simple teen-ager. Devout and sweet, betrothed to the town carpenter, she was ready to lead an unspectacular life and a gritty existence in Nazareth. She and Joseph would raise a Jewish family. They would celebrate the feasts together with travels to Jerusalem. Hope for the Messiah lingered...

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Santa Claus

A Christian Zealot Santa Claus is a legend born in centuries of imagination, but his origins take us back to a 4th century holy man whose fervor and generosity characterized him as a Christian zealot. Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra, was born during the persecutions of Diocletian in what is...

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Christmas From Berlin

Christmas is about getting as much as it is about giving. Apparently though, this is a thing we are all having a hard time doing: Getting. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Oh, why did you get this for me? I haven’t gotten anything for you!” In...

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Christmas Voices

Fa la la la la, la la la la Christmas has a lot of voices ringing. Fa la la la la, la la la la. We have the angel voices, the shepherds voices , Mary’s, the wise men’s, and then Herod’s and the bad guys’ too. There’s a plethora of...

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The Big Fish and the Light in Us

In talking about Himself, Jesus used the story of Jonah to illustrate His place in this world. He told those seeking a sign from Him that the only sign they would get would be the sign of the prophet Jonah: “…An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and...

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A Coming Few Identified

Jesus came small. Too small for some. His arrival to the earth was discovered to those whose hearts were open to something beyond themselves, to people who were paying attention to detail, to some who were just doing their jobs. It is interesting to me that in coming to earth,...

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