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O Come Again, Emmanuel

Although the author of O Come, O Come Emmanuel ambled into history as "anonymous," his poignant song has traveled from 12th century monasteries to modern-day hymnbooks. The mournful melody juxtaposed with the lyrical command to "rejoice" may strike some as peculiar, but for Christians, the song reaffirms our heart's deep desire for Christ's return, even in troubling times....

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Keeping the Heart in Our Christmas Traditions

I made spritz cookies the other day — those beautiful cookies that look like Christmas trees and taste like almonds and butter, sprinkled with colored sugar on top. For those of us of Scandanavian or Germanic background these cookies have been a holiday tradition for generations. However, spritz cookies are also notoriously difficult to make. The butter in the dough (an...

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Kids' Advent Reading Plan

Kids' Advent Reading Plan:Jesus Storybook Bible Advent is a season of anticipation and preparation. The word advent comes from the Latinadventus,which means coming. We wait with anticipation as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. As we wait, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. We have a lot to be excited about. During this season we are celebrating that Jesus h...

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