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Christmas echoes

Christmas echoes

Peter Amsterdam

For many of us, an important feature of Christmas is remembering the story of Jesus’ birth, whether through reenactments and plays of the first Christmas, readings of the... »

Reaching out at Christmas

Reaching out at Christmas

Maria Fontaine

With the Christmas season beginning, we will likely be presented with numerous opportunities to talk to people about how the babe in the manger is a gift that can have gr... »

God’s Christmas gift

God’s Christmas gift

Peter Amsterdam

Christmas celebrates the most important birth in human history, when the Creator of the universe entered our world in bodily form as both God and man in Jesus. An angel a... »

More like Jesus: Joy

More like Jesus: Joy

Peter Amsterdam

Christian joy is intimately connected to faith, hope, and gratefulness. It’s about taking a long-range view of life that is based on faith in God, trust in what He has to... »

Reason to celebrate

Reason to celebrate

Peter Amsterdam

All throughout history, people have marked great advances, victories, and momentous occasions with celebration—some of which continue till today, such as birthdays, anniv... »

Overcoming personal weaknesses

Overcoming personal weaknesses

Maria Fontaine

Life is often likened to going to school, and that’s a good analogy. God allows all sorts of things to happen in our lives to test us, to see how we’ll react to them, to... »

When it gets boring

When it gets boring

Peter Amsterdam

“If you abide in My word,” Jesus said, “you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”[[John 8:31–32]] We all know that co... »

A better you

A better you

Shannon Shayler

How will reading God’s Word make your life better? Food for spiritual strength and growth. Just as your body needs food to survive and grow strong, your spirit needs spir... »

Treasure

Treasure

Peter Amsterdam

In the second half of Matthew chapter 6, Jesus focuses on our relationship to material things. He begins by teaching the right priorities and attitudes about material pos... »

Kindness and goodness

Kindness and goodness

Peter Amsterdam

When the apostle Paul was writing about living a godly life, he listed what he called the “works of the flesh,” which included things like enmity, strife, jealousy, fits... »

Cashing in on change

Cashing in on change

Maria Fontaine

I’ve heard and read many encouraging stories about the positive aspects of people’s experiences embracing the changes that come with aging. Well, now it’s my turn! I’m di... »

Perspective adjustment

Perspective adjustment

Peter Amsterdam

During an especially busy time, I had a perspective adjustment that changed my outlook for the better. I was involved in several major projects, had a huge amount of work... »

The father and the lost sons

The father and the lost sons

Peter Amsterdam

In Luke chapter 15, Jesus told the following story: There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of property t... »