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The Santa Claus Question: What Do I Tell My Children?

The Santa Claus Question What Do I Tell My Children

Rick, what are your thoughts on Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy as far as what you tell your kids? Do you say these characters are real or not? Is this harmless fun, or is there a problem with deception going on here?… Continue Reading …

Are You Generous? Understanding a Theology of Gift-Giving

Are You Generous Understanding a Theology of Gift-Giving

On Christmas day, people all over the world exchange presents. It is a cultural event full of fun memories. I do like many aspects of the cultural Christmas but, sadly, Christmas loses its meaning for many people because of its secularization. For them, Christmas is… Continue Reading …

Dealing with Difficult Relatives During the Holidays

Dealing With Relatives During the Holidays

Loving others the way God loves you can be a challenge anytime, but the difficulty intensifies during the holidays because some family members rub you the wrong way. There are two kinds of people in the world: Christians and non-Christians. Within these two groups are… Continue Reading …

The Relatives Are Coming for the Holidays; What Am I to Do?

The Relatives Are Coming for the Holidays; What Am I To Do

Relatives can avoid each other and conflict because of their busy lives and lack of intentional interaction throughout the year. Then there are the holidays and those other special occasions where we must engage those we don’t usually hang with during these seasons and events.… Continue Reading …

No Thanks for Thanksgiving: Confession of a Former Lonely Man

No Thanks for Thanksgiving

As a former lonely man who dreaded the holidays, I know encouragement from a friend can make all the difference in the world. The holidays can amplify what we don’t have, and if a person is not relationally connected, this season intended for special memories… Continue Reading …

Six Thoughtful and Practical Responses to Halloween

Six Thoughtful and Practical Responses to Halloween

Halloween, from a degree of difficulty perspective, is the most challenging of all our holidays. A few days out of each October, we must give a little mental energy to this tradition. The good news is that this makes Halloween no different from any other… Continue Reading …

He Is Risen Indeed. Now What Are We Supposed to Do?

He Is Risen Indeed. Now What Are We Supposed to Do

There is a heightened awareness of the gospel—the person and work of Jesus Christ—during Easter. Christians worldwide are celebrating what many consider to be the centerpiece of His work on earth. It is great news; He’s out of the grave! Now what? Christ risen indeed… Continue Reading …

To Live the Resurrected Life, You Must Die—to Yourself

To live the resurrected life you must die...to yourself

The more effectively you appropriate the death of Christ into your life, the more effectively you’ll be able to enjoy “a resurrection kind of Sunday” every day of the year. The key is knowing that your resurrection will only come after your death, which is… Continue Reading …

Are You a Tomb Dweller or a Resurrected Christian?

The resurrected Christian is a different kind of person—someone the world has never seen outside our community. The Christian is as diverse as darkness and light, death and life. For some Christians, their new birth's authentic reality is challenging to practicalize in their day-to-day lives. The cross of Christ settled our eternal sin problem with a holy God, while the resurrection of Christ opened a new and better way for us to live with Him forever

The resurrected Christian is a different kind of person—someone the world has never seen outside our community. The Christian is as diverse as darkness and light, death and life. For some Christians, their new birth’s authentic reality is challenging to practicalize in their day-to-day lives.… Continue Reading …

Here Are Ten Reasons Why This Is a Mind-Blowing Easter

How many reasons can you think of as to why this is a mind-blowing Easter? Easter Sunday is the best day of the year for all Christians around the world. It would be a great exercise to list why you think it’s so. Will you… Continue Reading …