When I was a child

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult I gave up childish ways. (1 Cor. 13:11) When I was a child my mother was friends with a woman her age and that woman’s mother. I no longer remember their names, but I do remember spending time at their home. They fed me great treats while they visited. I […]

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Cultural Empathy: The 10 Dimensions of Cultural Value

This guest blog was originally posted by LEAD (Living Every Day As Disciples) – a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod. Lynn is a member of Living Word in Katy and a Spiritual Director. Her focus is on, “Seeing the sacred in all of creation and cutting through the “techno babble” so that everyone can understand that God is With Us makes life an exciting journey”.   Cultural Empathy: […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Part 2

The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:34 It’s hard to imagine a Christmas season without Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Yet, had his family been denied entrance into the United States, as many are today, we would not have this classic movie. […]

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It is a Wonderful Life – Part One

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; Shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! (Zephaniah 3:14-20) The ancient people of Israel were living in exile, under the rule of foreign rulers, when the prophet Zephaniah spoke these words of encouragement to people who weren’t in a singing mood. George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” knew what that was like. He was at the end of his rope. Singing was the […]

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From “Bah Humbug” to “God bless us, every one”

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 1 Timothy 6:10 Ebenezer Scrooge is perhaps the best-known example of a miser who let his love of money destroy his relationships with his fiancé, his nephew, and his life-long business partner Jacob Marley. Charles Dickens’ much-loved A Christmas Carol has been […]

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