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Are You Happy? Time for a Post-Christmas Follow Up

Are You Happy? A Post-Christmas Follow Up

God made you able to express satisfaction based on perceived value. If you received a long-anticipated or cherished gift, you probably expressed great joy because you received something you valued. When you appreciate God more than anything else, and He’s your most precious treasure, you… Continue Reading …

Are You Generous? Understanding a Theology of Gift-Giving

Are You Generous? A Theology of Gift-Giving

On Christmas day, people all over the world exchange presents. It is a cultural event full of fun memories. It is also an evolving tradition that loses meaning each year, which is a great reason to go counter-cultural this year? Think about this with me:… Continue Reading …

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

The Santa Claus Question_ What Do I Tell My Children

Supporting Member Question: Rick, what are your thoughts on Santa, Easter Bunny, and 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… 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. Perhaps you can share your life with a struggling friend. Whom can you bless this holiday season? Listen to the podcast Our… Continue Reading …

Dealing With Difficult Relatives During the Holidays

Loving others the way God loves you can be a challenge anytime, but during the holidays the difficulty is intensified 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 people… Continue Reading …

Choose To Be Part Of a Christmas Surprise

Christmas has never been about glitter, has it? Or bright twinkling lights. It’s about being “the servant of the Lord,” about giving yourself to meet the needs of others. That’s how God did it in Jesus. He gave Himself—a tiny babe, perfect, sinless—to meet the… Continue Reading …

Enjoying the Cultural and Christian Christmas

A few years ago my children wished the Kohl’s shoppers a Merry Christmas. The children were sitting on top of our van spreading Christmas cheer to anyone who was within twenty-five yards of their voices. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …

The Gospel Is More Than a Birth-to-Death Story

The gospel is more than a birth-to-death story. The life and death of Christ are part of an incredible golden chain that reaches from eternity to eternity. The best news of all is you can enjoy the full benefits of the gospel by faith. No… Continue Reading …