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The Presence of Immanuel

The Presence of Immanuel

No matter how lonely you may feel, you are never alone. Christmas can be a hard time for people who are separated from loved ones. The separation may be a result of death, divorce, distance, or other causes. The holiday merriment around you can intensify your sense of aloneness. But all My children have a

The Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully

OPENING QUESTIONS Most of us have very specific memories about the Christmas season, both positive and negative. What are some of those positive memories? How would you describe the best Christmas you ever had as a child? What made it special for you? Do you still look forward to the Christmas season? If so, what

What’s In a Name?

You shall call His name Jesus… They shall call His name Immanuel. — Matthew 1:21, Matthew 1:23 There is an interesting psychology in the naming of our children. Some are named with family names to retain a family heritage. I am often asked what O. S. stands for, and I am quick to say, “Omar

Christmas Traditions That Keep Christ In Christmas

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). – Matthew 1:23 Every year, as my husband and I plan our Christmas activities for the season, my mind cannot help but wander down memory lane to reflect upon Christmas’s past. I am flooded with

God With Us

Have you ever thought about how different your life is when you are alone, versus when you are connected deeply to others? We all face difficult challenges, such as issues in marriage, relationships, parenting and work. That is a normal part of life. But when we are disconnected from the support and love of others,

God Has Come to Us

When I was a child, a distant aunt insisted on knitting me a new hat every Christmas. I tried to be grateful, but they were truly atrocious creations. The worst one was purple and yellow with great wool loops all over it. (I was convinced that if a bird flew low enough over my head,

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