CONTENTS

Baby Jesus

What makes Christmas Christmas?

Thomas Rawert's family

My Christian life: Finding real Christmas joy while in the hospital

woman outside reading bible

Less eyes. More ears.

blocks with FACT and FAKE written on it

Having all the facts

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My Christian life: Finding real Christmas joy while in the hospital

A hospital stay during Christmas helps a pastor focus on real Christmas joy. “Please, Lord, please let…

Please explain: As a Christian, what does it mean to be humble?

Humility is one of those topics that I really don’t like to talk about. To be clear,…

Away in a feed trough

Jesus lived a real human life, subject to all the realities of the times in which he…

The book of James: Waiting for Christ’s return

Christ is coming! That was the Old Testament believers’ great hope. He did come to lowly crib…

Less eyes. More ears.

We see God’s beauty and power in nature, but we hear of God’s grace only in his…

A heart captured by the gospel: Article 2

When we know God has declared us righteous because of Jesus, we are consumed by a desire…

Having all the facts

Well, it happened again. Almost immediately after 24-year-old gymnast Simone Biles walked away from the team competition…

Q&A: Is our time of grace really unchangeable?

Our “time of grace” refers to the time we are alive to come to know Jesus. Is…

Bible study: The comfort of God’s providence

God’s providence means that everything happens according to God’s design (even permitting evil to work for the…

He’s coming—really!

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation…

Purposeful discussions

Sixty years ago, our synod was faced with the most difficult decision in its history. For more…

What makes Christmas Christmas?

Christmas isn’t about what we do. It’s about Christ coming to earth to do what we were…

Parent conversations: How can we help today’s overwhelmed teens?

Being a teen has always involved struggle and angst. The difference today is that a teen’s struggles…

Confessions of faith: Allen and Rosalind Braun

Neighborly kindness—and blueberry pancakes—forge a relationship that leads a couple on a path to Jesus. For Allen…

A thought: Mary

Mary was a special woman, chosen for an exceptional part in God’s plan. But Matthew does not…

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