The Twelve Days of Christmas

In recent decades across much of the world, the phrase “the twelve days of Christmas” refers to the twelve days before Christmas – as in shopping days to buy presents before Santa’s Big Day. But from ancient times, that proverbial phrase has referred to the days after Christmas Day, together making up the worship season…

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All Saints Day in Pentecost

One special day in the season of Pentecost is All Saints Day. Most Christians around the world celebrate it near the end of Pentecost on November 1 or 2.** So who are the “saints,” anyway? While some denominations have an official process of recognizing them, many Christians around the globe see saints as everyday people:…

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Advent: A Blue Christmas

It seems odd that the New Year for Christians starts in the winter, not in the spring. Springtime would be a natural season for new beginnings when nature is filled to bursting with buds and blossoms of new life. For example, a branch from the Jacaranda tree would be an outstanding symbol of transformation to…

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More About Those Easter Eggs

When you color eggs with your kiddos this year, you are making a long-time historical connection. In ancient times, both Egyptians and Persians dyed eggs to give to friends, much like many Muslims today give colored eggs to their Christian neighbors. In the Middle Ages, people who had kept themselves from eating eggs during the…

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Kairos Time

There are two specific terms for time in the New Testament language of Greek. One is chronos: linear time that moves from past to present to future. It’s symbolized by the newborn baby that ushers in the New Year and finishes the year as grizzled, old Father Time. That’s the only way most folks in…

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Bible Times Before Jesus

Beginnings of the Hebrew People                                                                      1850 BCE       Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph 1450 BCE       Moses, Exodus from Egypt 1200 BCE       Joshua, Conquest/Settlement of Palestine   The Old Testament Kingdoms 1020 BCE       Saul, David, Solomon – the United Kingdom 930 BCE         The Divided Kingdoms: Israel and Judah 721 BCE         Northern Kingdom (Israel) ends – Isaiah, Micah 586…

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Christmas: Madeleine L’Engle

“When we celebrate Christmas,” says awesome author Madeleine L’Engle, “we are celebrating that amazing time when the Word that shouted all the galaxies into being, limited all power, and for love of us came to us in the powerless body of a human baby. My faith is based on this incredible act of love, and…

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Thanksgiving Prayer

Here is a beautiful prayer we can use as the grace at our Thanksgiving table or as a prayer to give thanks any time of the year. Delightful stewardship consultant Cesie Delve Scheuermann shared it in her Inspiring Generosity column on November 24, 2021. Prayer of Thanksgiving By Vienna Cobb Anderson         …

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The Bible in Time

I The Age of the Earth               II The Age of Human Beings               III The Age of the Written Word               Prepared By Robert W. Moon, 1980  

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