The Greatest Gift

I remember years ago—when my daughters were much younger—the excitement that would build in the days leading up to Christmas. A sense of anticipation filled the house, and I loved how their eyes grew wide with excitement as they finally got to tear into their presents on Christmas morning. In many cultures, the celebration of […]

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Advent Traditions From Around The World

As the holiday season charges full-speed ahead, it is easy to be caught in the whirlwind of it all. Every year, it seems like the weeks leading up to Christmas fly by as I’m connecting with ministry partners, or spending quality time with family. But in the midst of the holiday busyness, Advent compels and […]

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Old Story New

I am constantly amazed at how cyclical what’s old becomes new again. Especially how sharing God’s story of redemption during the holidays has been reinvented throughout the ages. In 1847, a French parish priest asked local wine merchant Placide Cappeau to pen a poem for Christmas mass. Famous for his artistry with words, Placide was […]

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A Christmas Post: Mary’s Message

I love thinking about the Christmas story from Mary’s vantage point. Everyone remembers being a teenager…you’re figuring out your gifts and beginning to envision the future. Imagine teenage Mary and her prospects for the future as a poor, obscure Jew. Suddenly, she is visited by an angel and endowed with a mandate like no other […]

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Behind the scenes: The Bible App for Kids

Who knew that the Bible App for Kids would spread so quickly? We are quickly approaching the 12 million download mark worldwide, boosted by its being downloaded over 2 million times in just 44 days after its Thanksgiving Day 2013 release! The glimpses of kids engaging with the stories of the Bible are beyond what we ever imagined as outcomes […]

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Guilt-free Christmas

As a member of the trustee board at Oral Roberts University (ORU), I was invited to share a devotional at the December Globalization Task Force Summit. I felt called to share on a very personal level about Christmas and its importance to the holistic life education students at ORU are blessed to be receiving. The tragic […]

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