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The Miracle That Is Christmas

Christ Is Born "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger. (Luke 2:  11-14) He Grows Up And Preaches A Gospel of Love Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22: 37 - 38) Christ Dies On The Cross To Free Us From Our Sins "The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again." (Luke 24: 7) He Rises And He Lives Today "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"  (I Corinthians 15: 55)  Merry Christmas! A picture of my hometown, Forest City, North Carolina, from a painting by Daniel Robbins. Angel photo courtesy Google. Christ

Looking Out The Window: Andrea Chatelaine Talks About Her New Book, Intentional Holidays: 30 Reflections of Rest and Rejoicing And Shares A New Year's Devotional

A Warm Welcome to Andrea Chatelaine Andrea Brings Us A Book For Holidays And A Devotional for New Year's Intentional Holidays: 30 Days of Rest and Rejoicing This holiday season, God invites us to slow down our hustle, to trade striving and performing for resting and rejoicing. In our Photoshopped, Instagram, hyper-publicized culture, it feels like the bar is always rising. Not only must we create that memorable Thanksgiving meal, but it also must look Pinterest-worthy when we’re done! But Immanuel—God with us—is indeed with us in the middle of our dinner fails and celebrations.This holiday season, each morning, no matter how busy our day or frazzled our heart, God is drawing us near so that we can live filled. We can experience peace in the middle of our crazy through the Prince of Peace, our Savior, Immanuel. Buy on  Amazon Resolutions Vs. Transformation By Andrea Chatelain As we count down to the New Year, our minds rev up with possible resolutions

Looking Out The Window: Penelope Marzec Talks About Her Christmas Novella, Clear As Ice And Shares A Yummy Recipe For Cream Puffs

A Warm Welcome To Penelope Marzec Hi Penelope, Thank you for sharing your special recipe and the story behind it as well as nourishing our souls with your mother's favorite Bible verse! The Best Cook’s Special Recipe—Cream Puffs One of the best cooks I ever knew was my mother. The daughter of a coal miner, she never served small portions of anything, probably because she came from a family with seven children. She was the second oldest and after her there were five boys. Mom married Dad in 1947. My brother was born the following year. Then came me. Next came Christine, who died shortly after birth. A few years later I had a new sister, and another one came several years after that. My little mother had her hands full caring for children. She often quoted her favorite Biblical verse from 1 Timothy 2:15, “But she will be saved through motherhood, provided women persevere in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.” I think it was her way of reminding her

Looking Out The Window: For Mystery Lovers: Lillian Duncan Talks About Her New Christmas Novella, All I Want For Christmas Is Johnny Rocker Dead

A Warm Welcome to Lillian Duncan, Former Carol Award Finalist Murder, Mayhem and Christmas? Really?  On the surface, it may seem that murder and mayhem doesn’t necessarily go with Christmas, but I love weaving a Christmas story in with suspense and romance. Because of that I have several Christmas stories available— The Christmas Stalking; The Christmas Angel Thief; No Home for the Holidays ; and A Christmas Stolen. My latest Christmas novella is All I Want For Christmas Is Johnny Rocker Dead! How’s that for a title filled with murder, mayhem and Christmas? I won’t tell you the plot but I will tell you the story is about how much God loves each of us—no matter what we’ve done. And isn’t that what Christmas is really all about? Speaking of Christmas, one of the things my husband and I do every Christmas is to clear out our enclosed porch and then we put up Christmas trees. Yes, I said trees as in many trees. Last year, we had 14 or 15 trees up. In all sizes and sh

Looking Out The Window: American Christian Fiction Writers December New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website . Contemporary Romance: Stranded for the Holidays by Lisa Carter -- Running away led her right where she belonged. A new mom for Christmas? She’s everything they’ve wished for. Runaway bride AnnaBeth Cummings needs shelter for the holidays when a blizzard leaves her stranded, and rancher Jonas Stone’s happy to help. But his son’s been wishing for a mommy for Christmas, and town matchmakers are convinced Annabeth and Jonas are perfect for each other. As the storm clears, city girl AnnaBeth will have to decide: does her heart now belong in the country? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin]) The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson -- After a knockout first date where Cassie Everson and Jett Bentley claim to not want kids, both come home to find three children dropped in their laps. . . each. While struggling to keep their heads above the parental waters, and without