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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
Rev. Joel Vande Werken

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

October 27, 2019 • Rev. Joel Vande Werken

Should Christians participate in celebrating Halloween? Thoughtfully consider the trajectory of your family's choices in exercising your Christian freedom.

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Spiritual Intimacy: Immanuel Today
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Spiritual Intimacy: Immanuel Today

December 16, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Is the holiday rush distracting you from the gospel message? Consider the miracle of God's presence in us and discover the blessing of spiritual intimacy.

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Holiday Parties and Kids: Balancing Needs at Christmas Time
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Holiday Parties and Kids: Balancing Needs at Christmas Time

December 12, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

The busyness of the holidays can be hard to manage with children. Make a plan for caring for their needs while preserving the true meaning of the holiday.

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Family Traditions: Christmas Trees and Emmanuel
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Family Traditions: Christmas Trees and Emmanuel

December 9, 2018 • Nadia Swearingen-Friesen

Do you wonder if holiday traditions are worth the hassle? Follow the example of our God who drew near to us and draw near to him and to one another.

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Fighting Christmas Discontentment
Rev. Michael VanderLaan

Fighting Christmas Discontentment

December 5, 2018 • Rev. Michael VanderLaan

Holiday advertising can foster discontentment within us. Choose to guide your family away from entitlement to find joy and contentment in God's presence.

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Less is More during the Holidays
Joy Bocanegra, MA, LCPC

Less is More during the Holidays

December 14, 2017 • Joy Bocanegra, MA, LCPC

Do the many details of the Christmas season feel overwhelming? Focus on the true meaning of the holiday and look for ways to invest in what truly matters.

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Navigating the Holiday Rush with Young Children
Aneece Alicea

Navigating the Holiday Rush with Young Children

December 11, 2017 • Aneece Alicea

The holidays can add stress to the already busy life of parenting children. Make wise choices to help your family experience God's peace this Christmas.

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Fighting the holiday gift game
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Fighting the holiday gift game

December 7, 2017 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Overwhelmed with holiday gift giving and trying to reciprocate? The gift of God's love can never be measured in things, but in grace and relationship.

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Breaking Traditions
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Breaking Traditions

December 4, 2017 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

It can be challenging establishing new holiday traditions. Consider the importance of setting aside your own interests to look to the interest of others.

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Holiday Grace
Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Holiday Grace

November 30, 2017 • Rev. Kelly Vander Woude

Do the holidays rob you of your joy? Consider how you can harness your frustrations and rediscover joy by clothing yourself in the fruit of the Spirit.

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Devotions

Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships
Rev. Deb Koster

Paul's Spiritual Guidance for Relationships

March 27, 2014 • Rev. Deb Koster

Looking for Biblical guidance for living in relationships? Paul's parting greeting to the Corinthian church provides a good summary for living together.

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Making Time to Stay Connected
Rev. Deb Koster

Making Time to Stay Connected

October 18, 2013 • Rev. Deb Koster

Do you feel overwhelmed with life's challenges? Find some encouragement from scripture and discover how God sees you. God takes great delight in you!

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