The Apostles: Luke the Evangelist

The name Luke means light. Scholars believe he originated from the Greek city of Antioch. Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. Some historians believe he also contributed to the book of Hebrews.  He is believed to have been a disciple of Paul.  In Colossians 4:14, Paul refers to Luke as a physician. It is […]

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Christmas in the Air: Taste of Christmas

Hot chocolate with marshmallows to make us smile Christmas cookies of every shape, color and design Turkey and ham warms our tummy on that special day Pies of every flavor and size to top it all off Eggnog is a special delight for us all to behold Gingerbread to decorate in a variety of ways Peppermint reminds us it’s almost […]

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The Apostles: Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea is best known for his role of burying Jesus body. The name Joseph means he will add. The exact location of Arimathea is unknown.  However, Luke 23:51 tells us it was a “town of Judea”. Let’s take a look at what scripture tells us about him: He was rich                                                                                                               Matthew 27:57 He was a disciple of […]

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Christmas Song Story: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s Love Begotten is another song considered among the oldest Christmas hymns. It started as a Latin poem titled “Corde natus” and was written by the Roman poet Auerlius Prudentius. He wrote it for his Liber Cathemerinon.  The song was paired with the plainchant, Medieval melody “Divinum mysterium”. Over the years the plainchant was musically embellished. The melody first appears in […]

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The Apostles: Thaddeus of Edessa

The name Thaddeus is of Aramaic origin and means heart or God’s gift. Edessa is located in Upper Mesopotamia in Greece and under Roman rule during the time of the early church. Based on early Christian writings, Thaddeus was a Jew who came to Jerusalem for a festival and heard John the Baptist preaching. He was baptized by John the […]

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Christmas in the Air: Visions of Christmas

Christmas Trees of every size, color and theme Flickering  Lights blinking to music so light Falling Snow to whiten the ground Shiny Packages to entice our curiosity Nativity Sets to remind us of Jesus birth Horse drawn carriages to dream of days gone by Carolers on the walk wrapped against the cold air Santa with his elves and reindeer to […]

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The Apostles: Apollos

The name Apollos is Greek and means destroyer. He described as being a devout Jew born in Alexandria. We first meet Apollos in Acts 18. He is described as being “well-versed in the scriptures…he spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.”  The narrative goes on to explain that […]

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Christmas Song Story: Jesus Illuminates All

A friend was searching for the oldest Christmas hymns and stumbled upon this hymn. So, it lead me to search out the stories behind these old Christmas hymns. The song was composed in Latin by St. Hilary of Poitiers in the fourth century. The Latin translation is “Jesus refulsit omnium”. The song is said to have been composed after the first […]

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Book Review: Love and a Little White Lie

January Sanders is suffering from a broken heart when she moves in with her aunt and takes a temporary job at her church. She keeps her lack of faith a secret, as she helps the overworked staff get organized. Soon she meets the church’s guitarist and can’t stay away. While her aunt’s landscape architect irritates her at every turn. As […]

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Christmas in the Air: Smells of Christmas

Popcorn popping to string the tree Cranberries warming to create a scented memory Gingerbread filling the kitchen Fresh cut Christmas trees to fill the air Hickory logs burning in the hearth Pumpkin pie to bring out stomach to a rumble Cinnamon in a variety of dishes Oranges simmering on the stove Scented Candles filling the air Scented pine cones ensconced […]

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The Apostles: Philemon

The name Philemon is of Greek origin and means loving. In the New Testament, Philemon is a Christian in Asia minor who Paul writes a letter to. This letter makes up the book of Philemon in the Bible. His wife is Apphia, which means increasing. Philemon is considered to have been wealthy and possibly appointed as Bishop of Gaza, the […]

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The Apostles: Titus

Titus was a companion to Paul and mentioned in the Epistle of Titus. Titus is believed to have been Greek, and a Gentile, from Antioch. The name Titus means pleasing. He served as Paul’s secretary and interpreter and may have even been converted by Paul. Early Church tradition states when Paul came to the Island of Crete to preach, he […]

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