The Sweet Aroma

Did you know that back in the days of the Roman Empire fragrances were all the rage? They would celebrate their victories with huge parades and burn incense on the altars, which would fill the entire city with its sweet-scented aroma. Even those who could not be part of the celebration would smell the incense from afar and know their army had been victorious!

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Starting Over 

So many people begin a new year by declaring they have a “resolution” that they are going to make changes in their life.  Especially after a particularly bad year, we just want to start over. As we all know, most people fail in keeping resolutions because either they choose something that is too difficult for them to do in their own strength, or they really

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God With Us

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means God with us.) Isaiah 7:14 To the Israelites, who had been looking for a redeemer for 400 years, “God with us” meant their Messiah had come and would save them from the oppression of the Romans. How little they knew what His coming truly meant. We celebrate

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Behold The Lamb

Shepherds were on the lowest rung of society, they were ceremonially unclean, and theirs was even known as the illegitimate profession. So, why did God select these individuals to be the first to learn of the birth of Jesus? I think it is because these shepherds, tending sheep near Bethlehem, were responsible for the breeding, birth, and care of the lambs that would be

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Trials and Tribulations

Sometimes when we are in the midst of trials we start to wonder: Lord, will it ever end? In case you haven’t noticed, it doesn’t. But the good news is that with each faith-testing experience, our ability to deal with these trials and tribulations becomes better and our faith grows stronger! In scripture, God compares our faith to a most precious and beautiful metal:

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A Nourishing Sandwich

Have you ever eaten a bread and jelly sandwich? Jelly in the middle, and bread on either side. If you just ate the bread without the jelly, it would probably be a little dry and tasteless. By the same token, if you just ate the jelly, it might be delicious initially, but soon you would decide it was too sweet. That’s what I think

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Get Back Up

Stumbling is not one of my most favorite things in the world. It’s embarrassing and often hurts. The fact is, however, that stumbling is something we all must experience. The question is, what do we do when it happens? Imagine this. You’re walking home and you trip and fall over a random object on the sidewalk. You scraped your knee and it hurt a

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Praise in the Corner

Life can be hard. Sickness, financial difficulty, rebellious children, a job that we hate, or difficult people in our daily walk can take a toll on us. There are times when we feel we’ve been pushed into a corner. So what do we do? We can sulk and think of all the bad things that are going on in our life, sitting down in our

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Pearls

Have you ever heard how a pearl is formed? It is truly fascinating. A foreign object, often a grain of sand, somehow makes its way into the tightly sealed crack of an oyster. Instead of spitting out this irritating object, the oyster covers it with layer upon layer of a substance secreted from its own body. After months or even years, a beautiful pearl

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