From My Kitchen to Yours

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My mother, her sisters, and their mom were all very handy around the kitchen – but it’s their combined skills with desserts that I remember most. One of my aunts was well known around her farming community for the beautiful wedding cakes she created; my mom and her other sister each made delicious cookies, candy … Continued

Counting Blessings

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Count your blessings. As Thanksgiving approaches, many might be wrestling with that concept. One glance at the world of November 2008 and you’ll see market turmoil, Iran about to go nuclear, politicians promising to spend even more of our money, and a sometimes nasty, divisive electorate (whatever happened to thoughtful political discourse?). I could go … Continued

Through Good Times and Bad

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It’s been tough to listen to the financial news the past few weeks, hasn’t it? The markets are swinging wildly, banks have failed with more likely to follow, and the problems in the financial sector are impacting credit, which in turn affects main street. A lot of people are worried about dwindling balances in their … Continued

Appreciating Clergy

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With Labor Day now behind us and the school year underway, we’re back into the routine. Which means that Clergy Appreciation Month is literally right around the corner. Whether or not your church commemorates Clergy Appreciation in October, it’s vitally important that we raise our spiritual leader(s) up on a daily basis. It seems to … Continued

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Is your church or service organization burning out its volunteers? Volunteer workers are the lifeblood of any church, non-profit, or service organization. There’s simply no way to operate without them. Yet, so often those people are taxed to the point of burnout. Then the work becomes a chore, and they may opt out of serving … Continued

Tuning in to the Great Outdoors

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God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther As one who photographs the landscape, I heartily agree with that sentiment. One of the loveliest places to find God is in the natural world He created for us. He can be seen in a … Continued

Your Favorite Scripture Verses

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Thanks to all who submitted favorite Bible verses last month! As you’ll recall, we’re going to design our next piece of inspirational artwork around the verse most often mentioned by our Friends. Wondering which excerpt from Scripture was most frequently cited? It was Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens … Continued

Your Favorite Verses

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As a Friend of The Christian Gift, I’m inviting you to weigh in regarding our next inspirational art design! How? I’d like to know which Bible verse is your favorite. Email me with your choice during the month of May; the verse mentioned most often is the one we’ll feature in our next piece of … Continued

The Old Rugged Cross

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Having watched some interesting specials on television over Easter, one raised a question that comes up occasionally and is something to think about: how is it that the cross became a symbol of Christianity? It’s somewhat surprising considering the horror of crucifixion – one of the most gruesome…and humiliating…forms of execution. It was considered so … Continued

Peeps!

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My favorite holiday, hands down, is and always has been Easter. It’s obviously special for what it means as the pinnacle of the church year – but the older I get, the notion that it hasn’t been commercialized to excess the way Christmas has only adds to its already wonderful appeal.   As I’m sure … Continued

Dare to be Positive?

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If you’re a person who makes resolutions with the coming of each new year, how are you doing? Researchers indicate that more than half of those who make New Year’s Resolutions don’t keep them. They also say that some of the common ingredients for failure are resolutions that are made at the “last minute,” and … Continued

Resolve to Rejoice

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As 2008 stands ready to unfold, I wanted to share with you some sage advice I read in an article recently. The author suggested that we “resolve to rejoice” in the new year. We’re all probably familiar with Paul’s command to rejoice: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” This isn’t … Continued