What is there to gain from grief?
With grief that follows death, we enter into suffering in a small way what the Father experienced upon the death of his son in a big way. We feel the oppression from the weight of the separation between heaven and hell, between the curse of death and the glory of eternity in heaven. We mourn the trials and affliction ahead on the road through life without our loved one.
PC: The Nativity Story, the movie
It was an experiment last year; I wanted to see if I could write every day for a month. In the end, I could chalk the experiment up as successful, but more so, the spiritual and personal benefits were immeasurable.
It was known as From Thanks 2 Giving, "a Thanksgiving-to-Christmas dubsmash of musings, devotions and praise." Topics ranged from the Incarnation to Christmas memories, from heart-tugging commercials to the hymnody of the season, from Christmas stories to biblical encouragement. Dredging deep into a heart that had been layered with cynicism and despair over the torture Christmas has gone through in the past decades, the Lord emptied the memory vault and refired the sensory receptors, ushering me through a season seen with new eyes and experienced with a revitalized enthusiasm. I loved Christmas for the first time in years -- the whole season, every bit of it, every color, every tradition, every sensation. And it seemed like every day, the Lord was opening my eyes to His masterful and loving plan of redemption through the event that we now know to be the Incarnation, the intersection of linear and abstract, the day spiritual warfare came to earth.
As the season of joy rolls around this year, I want to focus on Jesus, the greatest Gift of all, and how in Him we have received an abundance of treasures in spiritual and material ways. With Jesus we have a new family; with Jesus we have the gift of faith; with Jesus we see the majestic sovereignty of God; and so on.
So, starting on December 1, keep your eyes open for what's happening at
Thanksgiving is the most hospitable of days.
It’s probably not how we usually think of the purpose of the day, after all, THANKS giving.
However, if you’re like me, if you’re at all involved in the preparation for the events that traditionally accompany the day, I bet you know what I’m saying. After the flurry of dishes have been pulled from the oven and last minute details -- salt and pepper at each end, a spoon for the cranberry sauce -- have been set on the table, and you hosts and hostesses sit down at the table laden with foods for feasting and decor for admiring, when you are prompted along with the rest to share what you are thankful for, you may find, like I do sometimes, that it takes a minute for you to shift your function from one of giving to thanking.
PC: Facebook, Luke Buleya
The Gospel Coalition International Outreach offers a means for churches, mission organizations, ministries and individuals to participate in providing theological famine relief to pastors and ministry organizations overseas through their Packing Hope projects. This story about how the Lord used the resources provided through Packing Hope to bear fruit in Zambia first appeared on TGC's website on October 27, 2016. Details about Packing Hope follow this article. More information about TGC-IO's efforts is available at their website.
Zambia is a so-called Christian nation, and many believers accept an adulterated form of Christianity.
I am going to write about self-awareness in the Christian, but since the phrase may be unfamiliar to or used differently by some, I offer a cultural illustration to make sure we’re all on the same page.
Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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