Perpetual Christmas

In the middle of all the build-up, the planning and preparing, travel plans, meals and gifts, I’ve been thinking some about the perpetuity of Christmas. We know and preach and breathe that it is about the baby, his birth an event of heavenly proportions for all men. And yet it was also one of the […]

Hope for the Humble

I open up my bible and read it again, the story of Jesus’ birth. Tonight, it is Mary’s words that touch my heart. Funny, I’ve never really noticed them that much before. “My soul praises the Lord, My heart rejoices in God, my Savior, because He has shown His concern for His humble servant girl.” […]


Go Get Some Peer Pressure

My son stood before me, rather unenthusiastically reading his report on Spotted Salamanders, and I was thinking to myself, ‘What is up with this boy?’ I would never have put so little effort into my report when I was a kid. I always worked harder than this. I would have died if I’d been forced […]

Learning Styles, Part 2

How do we output what we’ve taken in? Most output is either oral or written, but movement output can’t be discounted. Oral learners hate written tests and essays with a passion. They do, however, usually perform much better by answering questions out loud, or by talking through their paragraphs or essays while someone else types […]


The Right Choice For The Holidays

Through a series of strange and unusual circumstances, our Thanksgiving Day gathering wound up being just our immediate family—just five of us. My first thought for a fleeting moment was that it might have been an opportunity to relax and have an everyday, non-holiday type of meal—sandwiches or something from the freezer. After all, neither […]


Prayer For My Family

In the book of Romans we read that the Lord understands that we will not always have the words to say when we need to pray. Paul writes, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us […]

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