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An Angel Quiz for Christmas

Angel quiz

How about an Angel Quiz if you’ve run out of ideas for Christmas entertainment? In the past, I’ve hosted Angel parties where people brought an exchange gift with an angel theme. I’ve served angelic food like Angel food cake and meringues as soft as angel’s wings. We played a version of the trading game, sang […]

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Three Candles for Advent Joy!

Advent joy

Advent joy is looking forward to the birth of the Messiah. Most people understand Christmas and joy–with the music and the parties and the gifts, it’s a happy time. Advent joy, however, is about looking forward to joy to come. It starts in the past. Old Testament Isaiah 9:2 prophesied about the Messiah God would […]

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A Candle for Advent Peace

advent peace

The second Sunday we light a candle for Advent Peace. Peace is an interesting word with many possibilities: world, personal, shalom, spiritual. I love the Advent peace candle because it reminds me of the first year I understood who Jesus really is. Who is Jesus? “Peace on earth, good will toward men,” the angels sang […]

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One Candle for Advent Hope

Advent Hope

We lit one candle for Advent Hope last Sunday. The Advent hope candle also is known as the prophecy candle which looks forward to Jesus’ birth. But what is Advent? The word is a shortened form of adventus Domini, meaning “the coming of the Lord.” As a season in the liturgical church year (vestments are […]

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5 Things I Want to Read in Christmas Letters

Christmas letters

December marks the annual question about Christmas cards and Christmas letters. I’m squarely in favor of both, as I’ve written about here. People complain, though, about the nature of the Christmas letters–too much bragging, too much good news, not enough reality. I’ve had letters like that over the years, but for the most part, I […]

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