How Does Emmanuel Come To Us?

By Allan R. Bevere
O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel; that mourns in lonely exile here... When Mary wished for the coming of Emmanuel, it was very clear what she expected. She… read more

Make Your Face Shine

By Adam Thomas
Imagine with me the Apostle Peter, who is imprisoned in Rome near the end of his life, talking to his cellmate about the day when Jesus spoke about his coming again. We were used… read more

Multitasking in Ministry: Don't Do It

By Shane Raynor
I’m a firm believer that most people who volunteer in churches should serve in only one ministry area. And if possible, paid ministry staff should try to do the same thing… read more

Teaching Children to Pray

By L. Cecile Adams
For the third time in one night, Samuel came to Eli's bed and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Twice Eli, the priest, had told Samuel to go back to sleep, for he had not… read more

How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

By Shane Raynor, Betsy Hall
Churches sometimes underestimate the importance of the Advent and Christmas seasons when planning their growth stategies for the year. Because December is such a busy month, it… read more

To Catch a Glimpse

By David Dorn
Can anyone really know who or what God is? I don't believe this side of eternity can we even scratch the depth of who God is. With that said, it is what we believe about God that… read more

Worship for Kids: December 11, 2011

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Today's theme is joy. To children, it seems that Christmas joy is based on the parties, presents, decorations, and family visits. It will take work to … read more

Worshiping Through Advent

By Jenny Youngman
The season of Advent begins the Christian year. In Advent we learn to wait, to expect God's movement in the world. The most familiar Advent tradition is the lighting of the Advent … read more

Advent vs. Christmas in the Ice Age

By Josh Tinley
On December 10 residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma will have their choice of two downtown holiday parades. The city is sponsoring the Holiday Parade of Lights. Another group, upset that… read more

Advent: Season of Hope

By Jim Hawkins
A Most Wonderful Time The season is changing. As many of us are cleaning up from Thanksgiving dinner, shoppers will be looking for bargains in stores that can't wait for the… read more

Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmas

By Judy Pace Christie
A Sweet and Special Time of Year Most of the people I know are nearly obsessed with time—not enough time, how fast time is passing, where the time goes. Part of the way we… read more

A Future of Hope

By Sarah Arthur
Earlier this year California radio personality Harold Camping delivered a prophecy stating that the world as we know it would end on May 21, 2011. Christian believers, he said… read more
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