Christmas Means God Is With Us

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Honestly, I love Christmas. I love it all–the fanfare, the pageantry, and the traditions our family has developed over the years.

But I also know that this season can be draining and distracting, and there’s a huge possibility that I’ll miss it. So, as we find ourselves in this joyous time of the year, I’m thinking about what it means to slow down and remember what this season is really about.

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On Guns

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We were in Paris when we heard about the Vegas shooting last month. We’d just stopped in at a cafe for a coffee, and I checked Twitter. The hashtag “Vegas shooting” was trending. So I clicked.

What followed was shock, outrage, and heartbreak over the details of the event.

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Sabbath Delight

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Sprinkled throughout the Scriptures is this profound teaching on a day that’s unlike an other day. It’s called the Sabbath. Most of us brush past these verses and insights, wondering if this has anything to do with us.

But I’ve been rethinking the role of the Sabbath in my life. God gave His people a gift in this day of rest and we’d do well to pay attention to our own Sabbath rhythm.

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The Power of Little Things

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Over the years, I’ve noticed a trend in Christianity to be known for our kingdom accomplishments. Full disclosure: this is alive and well in my own life too. It’s a human issue, especially when we elevate certain leaders to an almost celebrity status. We communicate “This is the ideal. Be like this.”

But in our pursuits of the big things, it’s easy to miss the power of little things.

In fact, the more time we spend with Jesus, He seems to call us to think differently about accomplishments and instead focus on the things that often go unnoticed.

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