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Mary Southerland

Gifts That Matter, P2

Today’s Truth

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you (Luke 6:38, NLT).  

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Have you discovered the truth that we simply cannot “out-give” God? The more we give, the more we receive. And that truth does not just apply to financial giving. It is really all about the attitude behind the gift. Do you remember the Christmas gifts …

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Sharon Jaynes

I Want a Daddy!

Today’s Truth
I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:18 emphasis added, NIV).

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Several years ago, my friend Gayle learned a wonderful lesson from her pint-size granddaughter. Carlie was sitting in the back seat of Gayle’s car with her little best friend.  Carlie and this little friend were born on the same day, and their moms were in hospital rooms right beside each other.  Not only that, the two girls lived in the same apartment complex. One difference was that Carlie’s friend never knew her father.  Her …

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Mary Southerland

Gifts That Matter, P1

Today’s Truth

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you (Luke 6:38, NLT). 

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The world would like us to believe that the success of Christmas depends upon how much we spend, how many presents we give or how many presents we receive. Christmas is about giving, but price tags do not determine the success of our giving. Giving is …

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Sharon Jaynes

Hang On!

Today’s Truth
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me (Psalm 63:8, NIV).

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Have you ever felt that this thing called life is just too hard?  I know I have.  Sometimes life just does not turn out like I thought it would.  That’s when I have to hang onto God and simply trust Him.

I remember when my son was four-years-old and I was trying to teach him how to snow ski.  The first day was just horrible…at least it was for me.  I felt like a down-covered workhorse as I lugged two sets of …

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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 show on my local Christian radio station 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 …

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Mary Southerland

How To Have A Joy-Filled Christmas, P2

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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I believe the secret to a holy and joy-filled celebration of Christmas is found in giving. It always has been. Are we giving the wrong gifts to the wrong people? Maybe we are not receiving the right gifts with the right attitude. Over the next few days, we will examine several truths about Christmas that will lead us once again to the manger, where we will worship the Christ child and experience a Christmas holiday filled with love, …

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Sharon Jaynes

Ready For Christmas?

Today’s Truth

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near (Matthew 3:2, NIV).

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It seems like everywhere you go during the month of December people ask the same question.  At the grocery checkout counter – “Are you ready for Christmas?” At the bank drive-through window – “Are you ready for Christmas?” At the doctor’s office – “Are you ready for Christmas?”

I think the answer to that question depends on how you define “ready.” Let me ask you this question:  “Are you ready for Jesus?” Now that puts the idea of being ready in a whole different …

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Mary Southerland

How To Have a Joy-Filled Christmas, P1

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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Christmas! My favorite time of the year!

·         Brightly wrapped presents
·         Houses draped in sparkling lights
·         The smell of cinnamon and pine
·         Secret shopping trips
·         Children whispering and giggling
·         Old movies that make me laugh and cry
·         Phone calls from old friends
·         Chocolate covered cherries
·         Carolers

It is obvious that somethingimportant is happening. The literal meaning of “Christmas” is “Christ’s Mass” and is the celebration of Christ. Oh, how far …

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Sharon Jaynes

Forgive Us Our Christmases

Today’s Truth
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given… (Isaiah 9:6, NIV).

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Once upon a time, a little girl named Mary Beth found herself caught in the pre-Christmas swirl of activity, all of which seemed to be coming to a head on Christmas Eve. Her dad was always scurrying about, loaded down with bundles and burdens. Her mom, under the pressure of getting ready for the great occasion, had succumbed to tears several times during the day. The little girl tried to help her weary parents, but always found that she …

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Gwen Smith

Don’t Miss The Beautiful!

Today’s Truth

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2a, NIV).

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I recently went on a trip to minister in Tennessee at a women’s event and, to my delight, my daughter Kennedy was able to join me. The two of us are all about “mommy-daughter time” so we were giddy with happy as we started off on the three and a half hour drive.

Prior to the trip, I had given Kennedy permission to use my iPad to watch a movie. So once we hit the highway, she got …

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