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Prays Together: Peace and Joy in a Chaotic World

By John Payton In just a few days we’ll be in that “New Year” everyone hopes will be a “happy” one. Yet already, “happiness” is being toned down by the challenges of everyday life. And we just came through celebrating that memorable night over 2000 years ago in the hills of Bethlehem when angels brought […]

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Creed Screed: Silent Night

By Paul Leavens “Silent Night” remains one of the most beloved of the traditional Christmas carols. The words, the tune, the message are all so simple yet so unforgettable (which is true of the Christmas message itself). The picture of the Christ child sleeping “in heavenly peace” amid less than ideal surroundings is one that […]

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Prays Together: Bethlehem and Bedlam

By Ron Hull “O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by…” That’s one picture of Christmas, where all is calm on a silent night. We’ll call it the Bethlehem view. There is also the Bedlam view: shopping, baking, wrapping, last-minute cards, […]

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Creed Screed: Be Careful

By Paul Leavens This can be an extremely busy time of year, with lots of demands on time and loads of stress. You bounce around from store to store to store looking for just the right gift for the seemingly endless list of people for whom you need to shop. You feel the anxiety begin […]

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Prays Together: Don’t let unrealistic expectations kill your joy

By Joel Luckemeyer Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 (ESV), states, “I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has […]

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Creed Screed: The Angels and the Shepherds

By Paul Leavens What an incredible experience those shepherds had-they had just been visited by angels! But notice what they did after the angels had gone, because the real test of the Christian life is not how well we handle the occasional spiritual highs, but how well we function during ordinary times. They personally examined […]

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