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The Astonishing Virgin Birth

The Astonishing Virgin Birth

…Conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary…. —The Apostles’ Creed (6th Century) With War at Hand Israel and Syria had been at each other’s throats for decades.  But when a powerful and aggressive empire rose to the ...

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Homemade Gift-Giving Made Easy

Homemade Gift-Giving Made Easy

Christmas is only a few weeks away, and the economy is not making gift purchases easy. If you are wondering how you can afford all the gifts you want to give, you may want to consider making your own gifts. ...

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Celebrating Advent with Children

Celebrating Advent with Children

As Christmas approaches, many parents struggle to keep their children from being sucked into seasonal consumer frenzy. Some say that they’re sick of spending too much money and throwing out too much stuff, but it’s just too hard to push ...

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Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy

He comes to make His blessings known/Far as the curse is found. —Isaac Watts Doom and Sorrow Jesus came to a broken world—a world wracked by war and disease; a world plagued by addiction, alienation, and abuse; a world polluted ...

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Christmas Crafts from Your Herb Garden

Christmas Crafts from Your Herb Garden

Our herb gardens can bring fragrance and flavor to more than just our dinner table. We can get a great sense of satisfaction when we take what we have grown and turn it into beautiful ornaments to decorate our homes ...

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Christmas 2011: Give Less, Get More

Christmas 2011: Give Less, Get More

We’ve been conditioned by our consumer culture that Christmas is a time for giving gifts – lots and lots of gifts. If you believe the advertisements flooding the airwaves, the key to a happy holiday season is buying just the ...

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Retailers Wake Up to “Forever Frugal”

Retailers Wake Up to “Forever Frugal”

Retail industry analysts are finally embracing the same reality millions of Americans have been living for years. The good old days of easy spending are gone, and they aren’t coming back. Instead, consumers who were burned in the days of ...

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The Return of Layaway

The Return of Layaway

Way back in the days before credit cards, if you didn't have the money to buy something, you could put it on layaway. With diligent payments, the desired item could be yours as soon as the final payment was made in full. Discovering that consumers saving up for things and paying cash was counter-productive to a culture of impulse shopping and entitlement, most stores gradually discontinued their layaway programs over time. Credit cards and store cards became the preferred payment method.

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