Zacharias and Elisabeth: Filled with the Holy Spirit

Last week, we took a look at Elisabeth’s reaction when Zacharias arrived home with the news of his visit from Gabriel. Elisabeth was filled with wonder at all that was happening and could feel her shame removed. The scripture then moves to Gabriel’s visit to Mary, before bringing the two stories together.  Upon hearing the news of Elisabeth, Mary has […]

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Overcoming Jealousy

I have to make a confession.  There are times when I become jealous. There’s one specific gift that I would love to share with others and have not been able to share in the last few years.  I find myself becoming jealous of some individuals that share their own God given talent. I’m not proud of this and have had […]

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Faithful Heroes: St. Margaret of Scotland

  Saint Margaret of Scotland, a Scottish Queen, seems like an unlikely person for the Heroes of Faith. She is described as a pious Roman Catholic and her charitable works brought her great renown. Margaret was born around 1045 while in exile in Hungary. She was the daughter of Edward the Exile and his wife, Agatha. Margaret grew up in […]

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Pouring Out My Pain

    Growing up, I had a brown bear that stayed with me all the time.  I can’t tell you how many countless times, I hugged him tight, while tears ran down my face.  He brought me great comfort and strength over the decades I had him. There are times when we all need someone to just hold us while […]

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Behind the Song: Mary, Did You Know

             Mary, Did You Know? is a popular Christmas song that was written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.  The song originated from Lowry’s desire to ask Mary, “what was it like to raise God?” Mary Lowry is a popular comedienne that has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band off and on […]

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Christmas is love in action

 

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The Lord Has Taken Away My Shame

Last week, the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias when he entered the holy of holies.  He was struck mute due to his disbelief.  When we last saw Zacharias he was rushing home, undoubtedly to tell Elisabeth. Imagine her surprise when he returned home and was unable to speak.  He must have quickly found a tablet to write out all that […]

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The Attention Seeker

I have a friend that craves attention.  Actually, she demands it.  Regardless of what we are doing, she expects any of us to stop what we are doing and listen to her. It does not matter that we are busy or that we have heard the story numerous times already. We’ve noticed that when others share their lives and interest, […]

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Faithful Heroes: St. Columba

  Saint Columba was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity throughout Scotland. He was highly regarded by the ancient Gaels and Picts and is considered a Christian Saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He is considered the Apostle of the Picts. Columba was born in modern day County Donegal, Ireland. He was the son […]

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Disguising the Pain

  When the pain grows too intense, I began to notice the desire to eat or munch on treats, even if I am not hungry. When we hurt it is only natural to gravitate towards something to relieve the pain. However,  the emotional eating or shopping spree, only temporarily relieves the pain.  In the long run, it is still there, […]

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Behind the Song: Breath of Heaven

Breath of Heaven {Mary’s Song} is another contemporary Christmas song, that has become a much loved favorite. The song is written from Mary’s view point.  The song starts with why she may have been chosen. The song was written by Chris Eaton. Eaton was friends with Amy Grant and a member of her touring band.   She was preparing to go […]

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Christmas in my heart

 

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Zacharias and Elisabeth: Zacharias Did Not Believe

Last week we began our series on Elisabeth and Zacharias in our Eyewitness to Christmas series.  We discovered that God was about to accomplish the impossible in their lives. Luke 1:8-23 (ASV) 8  Now it came to pass, while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, Zacharias was a priest.   He served God. 9 […]

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Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control

I’ve openly shared about my struggle to lose weight and become healthy.  However, one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn in this struggle is that to make these changes and sacrifices requires self-control.   Dictionary.com defines self-control as: Control or restraint of oneself or one’s actions, feelings, etc. Self-discipline, self-reliance, willpower, levelheadedness   The Greek word egkrateia means […]

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Stop being a worrying Nellie

Recently I was worried about a situation and running through a hundred different scenarios. Mama looked at me and said, “stop being a worrying Nellie.”  She reminded me that I was stressing myself out by worrying about things that may never even happen. I find it so easy to take on so many issues and problems and worrying about them […]

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Faithful Heroes: Saint Benedicts

  Saint Benedict, or Benedict of Nursia, is considered the patron saint of Europe. His Rule of Saint Benedict contains precepts, or commandments and instructions, for his monks. Benedict was the son of a Roman noble. He was born around March 480 in Norcia, Umbria {in central Italy today}. It is believed he had a twin sister, Scholastica. According to […]

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Salt in the Wound

  There are individuals that I love dearly, but often spending time together is the same as pouring salt in the wound. My heart is reminded of all that I do not have and long for and the pain wells up inside, screaming to be released. I find myself pouring my heart out to the Lord, knowing that I cannot […]

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Behind the Hymn: I Saw Three Ships

  I Saw Three Ships {Come Sailing In} is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. The hymn was published in 1833 by William Sandys in his book, Christmastide: Its History, Festivities And Carols.   However, it is believed that earlier versions may have been around from the 17th Century. Other sources believe the hymn originated from an English folk […]

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Christmas Holds Time Together

 

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