How to Know What to Give at Christmas

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It's that time again. Christmas. So it's time to give gifts.Let's face it. It's fun to give gifts. I'm looking forward to Christmas morning to see my children open their gifts. I'm thrilled that my heavenly Father shares the opportunity to be a gift-giver with me. We should delight in imitating our heavenly father by giving good gifts to others. We were created to enjoy it.But how do we know what to give?Research from USAID/CIDI says that giving cash is better than donating items in … [Read more...]

#GivingTuesday: Does Why We Give Matter?

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You’ve heard of the  infamous Black Friday and the somewhat tamer Cyber Monday – but a new one for me this year was #GivingTuesday. All involve money changing hands to kick off the holiday season. But while the first two are about using money to get stuff,  #Giving Tuesday is all about giving to others.As the official mission statement for the event explains, “#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and enco … [Read more...]

Advice for the New Christian: Grow Where God Planted You

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Why has God planted you where you are?New Christians often presume that a faithful response to Christ’s invitation means they need to enter into some form of “full-time ministry.” In their rush to follow their Lord, they often fail to consider their natural strengths, talents, abilities, connections, or resources.  In other words, what plans might the Master Gardener have to use them as they grow – right where they are?Jesus describes God as a Sower, generously spreading the seed of trans … [Read more...]

What Single Act of Kindness Has Most Inspired You?

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It began with only one. It always begins with one.I sat beside a tranquil pond the other day. Planning. Plotting. Dreaming. An occasional fish flipped to the surface splashing after a buzzing bug.The usual summer stuff.And then it began.Somewhere around the edge of that still and stagnant pond, one frog croaked.Just one.It sounded awkward, uncertain. And lonely.But not for long.Over the next few minutes a few more more croaks joined in. Then more. Again. And a … [Read more...]


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