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Lament for Aleppo

WARNING: This video contains distressing, graphic images from Aleppo. I recommend watching it but muting the sound, as the images alone are very powerful. I caught sight of a friend’s post this afternoon that linked to a news report about … Continue reading

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Savior

I usually look forward to that November email from Steve asking us to write a blog for Advent. I’m a talker, so I don’t struggle to find stories to share or thoughts to express. Give me 30 minutes and you’ve … Continue reading

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God’s Time and Place

It would be hard to overemphasize the importance of Christmas to Christian theology. While the death of Jesus on a cross has become the global symbol of Christianity, his arrival in Bethlehem is no less important.  The stories of Jesus’s birth in … Continue reading

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O Come

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.  Can you feel the ache, the longing, the sadness, the darkness? 400 years of silence between the books of … Continue reading

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Great Expectations Come True

I was told by my mother that one of the last wishes of my grandmother was to live long enough to meet her first great grandchild. Marilyn and I had the great honor of fulfilling that wish when we introduced … Continue reading

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A Divine Intervention

It’s no surprise that we live in a very broken world. As we are involved in ministry, we will encounter many heartbreaking scenes, crises, distressed families, and troubled lives. A wife discovers her husband’s infidelity. A person learns that they … Continue reading

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How Not To Gift

  My family is spread all over the country every year for Christmas. With my parents in Hawaii for a few Christmases, my grandparents in Florida, and the rest of us scattered between here and California, with absolutely no one … Continue reading

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Making Room

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 On Thanksgiving Day I noticed on Facebook that a friend in ministry, along with his family, were hurting because they … Continue reading

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An ‘Accidental’ Black Friday

I  went Black Friday Shopping last week.   You have to understand I didn’t do it intentionally, In fact It was the furthest thing from my mind.  My idea of Black Friday shopping is sitting at home in my PJ’s with … Continue reading

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When Christmas Exposes Hypocrisy

When is too soon to start “Christmasing”? Surely you’ve engaged in some form of this debate. Here at the Chapelgate church office, there are some who start cranking the carols the minute there’s a hint of chill in the air; … Continue reading

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