LLM: December 2014

Shopping and Giving The average U.S. household is projected to spend $684 for Christmas gifts ...

Money, Christmas and Traditions

I do not know when the tradition started, but every Christmas I would get some $20 bills from mom and dad. When I married my wife, she also began to receive the same. When my folks passed away, we started that same tradition with our children, and it continues to this day. Somewhere buried in […]

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The Pursuit of Materialism

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (Luke 12:15). I’ve noticed the abundance of advertising for years, but this past holiday season, I noticed it even more. The importance of possessions is in every single advertisement that we see, read and hear. […]

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LLM: December 2014

Shopping and Giving The average U.S. household is projected to spend $684 for Christmas gifts this year, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (fmchr.ch/pwcchristmas). That’s $51 less than the household average for Christmas gifts last year, but it adds up to a lot of money for gifts that may quickly be relegated to closets or […]

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The Shepherd’s Gift

This story is dedicated to my mother, Ruth Burkhart, who faithfully read to me from “Egermeier’s Bible Story Book” as I was growing up.  Abra was a cheerful boy with curly hair. He was almost 7 years old. His older brothers and father were shepherds in the open pastures. He and his family lived in […]

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Happy Investing

Jesus said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving” (Acts 20:35 GNT). When I was a child, that didn’t make sense to me. It was way more fun to get things than to give stuff away. In my immature thinking, Christmas was all about me. What was I going to get? But hopefully […]

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Why the Giving Cannot Stop

The Gift. Not much more needs to be said. Jesus is the greatest Gift the world has ever received — peace on earth and every ounce of goodness to all humankind. That came in the form of a baby in a manger. Giving at Christmas follows suit, because at Christmas, we celebrate the Gift by […]

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Giving Wisely

One of the most intriguing aspects of Christmas is the wise men who came to worship the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1–12). Matthew is the only Gospel writer who gives us information about these mysterious strangers. He tells us they came from the East and were called Magi. They were of noble birth, educated, […]

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Feeding and Serving the Community

More than 100 houses of worship are located in Evanston, Illinois, the first suburb north of Chicago along Lake Michigan. Worship services at many of these congregations, including Hillside Free Methodist Church, typically attract between 50 and 100 people. According to Associate Pastor Maiya Lueptow, Hillside leaders and members began evaluating programs and asking tough […]

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Free Methodists to Offer Legal Services for Immigrants

The Free Methodist Church – USA is joining 14 other evangelical denominations to form the Immigration Alliance — a national effort that equips local churches to provide legal services to under-resourced immigrants. “There is clearly a deep need and a demand for these services,” FMCUSA Chief Operating Officer Larry Roberts said. “Because these services are […]

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