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The Wise Men, the Star, and Us (An Advent Message)

The Wise Men! Tradition numbers them as three due to the three gifts given to the Christ child: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. If you have seen the Franco Ziffarelli epic, Jesus of Nazareth, you can see how the Wise Men add a wonderfully romantic touch to the birth narrative. Three wealthy men coming out of nowhere, dressed in…

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How are we doing? Not so well.

In Matthew 28 Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (that is, all peoples). These words of Jesus should cause all of us who claim to follow him to pause. I am sure it caused the disciples to pause. First,…

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A note about statistics

Statistics about workers and the work in restricted access areas are difficult to come by; and they are difficult to validate. This is why we limit our use of them. However, statistics are a useful tool. They help us visualize the world around us. This is why we use them. We want to help people get a picture of the…

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CHRIST IS ALL: A Prayer

Today we read the below prayer in our devotions. It is from “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.” May you be blessed as we were. O Lover to the Uttermost, MAY I read the meltings of thy heart to me in the manger of thy birth, in the garden of…

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A new world, a new set of values – wrong? or just different?

Homo sum humani a me nihil alienum puto – this is a Latin saying (dating back to 160 BCE) that roughly means “I am a human being, so nothing human is strange to me.” It is a motto advocating for respecting people and cultures that are different from our own. It is a nice saying,…

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