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Bible Study: Mark: Don’t Give Up On Him!

Maybe you’re giving up on someone who only needs a little encouragement or on someone who needs a good mentor and role model. Be that role model!

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Reflecting Jesus, New Year, 2019 Resolution

Daily Living: Guest Post: Living and Loving Like Jesus in 2019

“One of the best wedding gifts God gave you was a full-length mirror called your spouse. Had there been a card attached, it would have said, ‘Here’s to helping you discover what you’re really like!'” Ouch!!!

Holidays: Top Ten Christmas Carols and Their History

Originally posted on SamSword:
For millennia, people have celebrated the Winter Solstice, and Christians have celebrated the coming of their King by singing Christmas songs. Born on the plains in a stable in Bethlehem, God came down in the most vulnerable form possible: a babe. This was so remarkable and unexpected that God’s own chosen…

Famous Mangers

Bible Trivia: How Many Marys are in the Bible?

Originally posted on SamSword:
One of the most interesting aspects of Spain this time of year, the Yuletide, is looking up the variety of Belenes, or little model Bethlehems. It stretches the idea of a manger scene. You can find them in shop windows, churches, town halls and little booths scattered around the cities. The…

Holidays: 8 Facts About Angels

Originally posted on SamSword:
? While I am no angelologist (yes, there is such a thing), I was thinking of angels over the past couple of days and their relation to Christmas. They are sung of often in Christmas Carols like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Angels We Have Heard On High.” They feature…

Sephardim

Originally posted on SamSword:
The story goes like this. Nebuchadnezzar destroys Jerusalem and devastates the tiny nation of Israel. The people flee. Many from the house of King David land in Iberia. They establish for themselves a life and begin to blend with the others who found their way to this historic peninsula. The Arabs,…