AGING

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GRFC: CHRISTMAS FUNK…

I woke up this morning (the day I wrote this) With a dark cloud of gloom settling over my soul. There was no logic that would blow it away. It was thick and dark.   My logical words of how my life isn’t as bad as my feelings are telling me… My Bible verses of […]

CHANGE

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GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS: INTERNAL & PRIORITIES…

The first place to get ready for Christmas is internal. I know. You hear me say it all the time. I’ll tell you this. As much as I say it here, I say it 10 times as much to myself! Christmas is the time of year I am most likely to panic, feel overwhelmed, get […]

GOSPEL OF GRACE

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GRFC: JOY…

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to their own town to register.  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, […]

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MENTORING

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GRFC: HOSPITALITY…

Hospitality and Christmas seem to go hand in hand. Sometimes the negative aspects of what passes for hospitality lead us to difficult and stressful places…especially during this season. When thinking about hospitality vs. entertainment it is important to think about what your motivation is. Are you trying to impress people? Have you gotten yourself tied […]

RELATIONSHIPS

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GRFC: KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH CHRISTMAS LETTERS…

Christmas letters are a way to keep up with family and out of town friends. In this electronic age, we can keep up on facebook to some degree and on email and even text, but this is a bit more personal. And if you are like some in our group of family and friends, some […]

SERENDIPITY

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GRFC: DECORATING THE TREE…

For some of you, a real tree with the fresh smell of evergreen is the only way to go! You can’t imagine any other way to have Christmas than that! But try being missionaries in Jamaica. It turns your Christmas ideas upside down a bit. I think real trees were available there…but at quite a […]