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Christmas

Persuasion Podcast Lessons and Carols Series

Persuasion Podcast Holiday Mini-Series!

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Christmas is here! And Persuasion has you covered. Check out the mini-series Hannah and I recorded, call Lessons & Carols. There are three episodes, each one touching on the lessons we’ve learned from the popular carols we sing every year—and how those lessons set us up for some not-so-helpful holiday…

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Which Word Wednesday: Christmaswhichwowedday

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If anything, 2013 has brought us some fabulous holiday match-ups. Earlier this year, we had Thanksgivukkah—when the first day of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving Day. And today, we have Christmaswhichwowedday (Christmas-which-wow-edday), when Christmas and Which Word Wednesday align. You’ve not heard of Christmaswhichwowedday? hmm. Well, I’m sure it’s very popular…

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This Is What I Want to Get Everyone for Christmas

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Beautiful words were spoken by my pastor during worship yesterday. His Christmas message series is titled “Responding to the Voice of God” and yesterday’s message was from Luke’s Gospel, recounting Mary’s praise that we refer to as The Magnificat. In it, Mary pours out these beautiful words to her cousin…

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Am I Ready for Christmas?

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So, Christmas is coming. In less than two weeks, even. Already this season I’ve been asked if I’m “ready for Christmas.” Most are inquiring of my progress with the typical preparations—the gifts, the food, the décor. But Christmas is more than that—it’s when we celebrate God’s coming near to us…

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The Three Cs of Christmas

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Nothing says Christmas like cookies, cocoa, and crafts. That’s the magical trio I included in the annual Christmas party I host for my sister’s kids. The first two Cs I can manage fairly well, being food related and all. It’s the third C in that trio that gets me. But…

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Christmas Longing, Part One

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Don’t you want more out of Christmas? I’m not talking about more of the glitz and glitter and baubles and treasures. I mean more meaning. Being the overly-serious-yet-dreamy sort, I want our Christmas observance to be more than the typical rituals. The traditions of our culture, both the religious and…

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Beyond the Sparkle of Christmas-as-Usual

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Please tell me I’m not the only one who hasn’t yet decorated for Christmas! I had intended to decorate this past week, but some family emergencies cropped up instead. Now it is December 8, just 17 days until Christmas. [eek!] Decorating is always low-key for me (sheer laziness, I admit—it’s…

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