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God’s Time Out By Tamara Graff Exodus 20:8-11, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. God’s time out prescription, the Sabbath, is not really a suggestion in scripture. It’s a commandment. There are three purposes why God created the Sabbath for our lives. The first purpose is to reverence God-slow down and honor Him by taking time to worship Him. Growing up,...

One day I got a call that my youngest son Geoffrey was up to some mischief. Apparently, he had climbed to the top of our local McDonald’s and was sitting high atop the golden arches. I was so embarrassed that I wanted to respond with, “Oh, that’s not my son. I think you have the wrong number!” Unfortunately, he resembles...

2 Timothy 2:13 (NLT), “…if we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” Isaiah 46:4-5 (NLT) I will be your God throughout your lifetime--until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. Excited faces, giggles of anticipation, twinkling lights, joyful tunes and perfectly wrapped...

Think back to when you were a child. Think about some of the dreams you had. Think back to some of the games you played. More often than not, they all centered around one thing— imagination. As children, we’re pretty good at imagining. But as we grow older, daily routine and reality make it much more difficult. I think God is asking...

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a well-loved, well-respected figure in Christian history. When I stare at a nativity scene, she and baby Jesus are often the first figures that capture my attention. But lately as I stare, I’ve caught my eyes drifting to the side a little bit, as I feel that same sense of gratefulness for Joseph. Joseph was...

If you know me, you know I love nativity sets. Our house is full of them. That’s probably because years ago, I mentioned this to my church, and we got an explosion of sets for Christmas! One of the things I love most about the nativity is its history. It originated in 1224, when St. Francis of Assisi prepared the first...