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Gwen Smith

God Make You Mighty, Girlfriend!

Today’s Truth

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11, NIV)

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The Family Life Today radio show once featured an author named Ace Collins who wrote a historical book about Christmas carols. One traditional carol they talked about was the song, “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.”

Before that day, the first line of that song never made sense to me. …

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Gwen Smith

From the Cradle to the Cross

Today’s Truth

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:11, NIV)

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The story of Christmas is familiar. Many of us can recite verses and sing choruses that recap the holy day without so much as a second thought. It is said that familiarity breeds contempt – so I wonder.

I wonder and I search my heart.

When I sit and search long enough to listen to God’s still small voice, I grapple with the familiar and I groan for the fresh… and I wonder. …

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Mary Southerland

The Gift of Forgiveness

Today’s Truth

He (God) is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7, NLT).

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The holidays have a way of resurrecting old hurts. One of the greatest Christmas gifts we can give ourselves is the choice to forgive those who have hurt us.

Forgiveness is not easy – but it is necessary if we want to experience peace and joy.

Part of forgiveness is releasing the person from the debt we think they owe us. Refusing to do so extinguishes our joy.

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Sharon Jaynes

1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style

Today’s Truth:

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

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With Christmas just around the corner. it is easy to get so busy with the cooking, decorating and shopping that we forget why we’re doing all this in the first place. Sometimes, the very people we love get lost in the hustle and bustle of packed schedules, holiday parties, and Christmas musicals. This Christmas, let’s keep our focus on Jesus and celebrate the reason He came.

Several years ago I wrote a Christmas version of …

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Mary Southerland

10 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

Today’s Truth

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16, NIV).

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The Christmas rush is on! Many of you are still looking for the perfect gift, wrapping presents, baking your famous sugar cookies, packing the car for a long trip, and wrestling with overly excited children. Here are some simple tips that will help you get the most out of the holiday season.

Create a Christmas countdown calendar. Plan a special holiday event to mark each day of the season. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate.

  • Plan an

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Sharon Jaynes

Don’t Forget to Invite the Honored Guest

Today’s Truth

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19 NIV).

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Every year, I search for Christmas poems, stories, and traditions that stir my soul and keep my focus on Jesus. Perhaps none has tugged on my heartstrings like the treasure I am sharing with you today. It is a letter that could have been written by Mary. Join me now and let’s peek over Joseph’s shoulder as he reads this letter from his beloved.

I had a dream Joseph. And I don’t understand it not really. But think it

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Gwen Smith

Best! Story! Ever!

Today’s Truth

…a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11b, NIV1984)

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A few years ago my family and I went to the movie theatre to see a cute cartoon children’s movie called Tangled. The film is a modern take on the classic story of Rapunzel. One of my favorite scenes of the movie was when young Rapunzel had just escaped from the dreadful tower that she had been locked in her whole life. For the first time she tasted freedom… and it tasted really good! At one point, unable to …

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Mary Southerland

God – The Giver of Good Gifts

Today’s Truth

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17, NIV).

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Our grandchildren are a source of great joy in my life and some of my most capable teachers. Not long ago, our five-year-old grandson, Justus, reminded me that God is the ultimate Gift-Giver.

Justus loves dirt. If he is not truly dirty – he is not truly happy.

One of his favorite toys to play with in his beloved dirt is what he calls a “digger.” Justus has …

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Gwen Smith

Taming the Evil Yes Monster

Today’s Truth

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. (Luke 10:38-39, NIV)

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Have you ever bitten off more than you could chew? Have you ever said, “Sure, I’ll be glad to do that!” when you should have said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t commit to that right now”? Has an over-loaded schedule ever added stress to you, your family, or your relationships? I …

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Mary Southerland

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

Today’s Truth

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. (Luke 2:16, NIV).

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Are you ready for the holidays?

For some people, that question spurs exciting thoughts of beautifully decorated tables filled with scrumptious meals, festive shopping trips, extended family time, brightly wrapped gifts under a tree … the “Walton” kind of holiday.

For others, the holiday season is a very difficult and dark time to endure rather than enjoy.

I am very familiar with depression and the pain it holds. In fact, staying out of that …

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