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The Problem with Holly Jolly Christmas Songs

Russell Moore, “The Problem With Our Holly Jolly Christmas Songs,” RussellMoore.Com: Blog (11-29-16)

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'Hallelujah' Chorus Flash Mob Brings Joy to Shoppers

Jill Carattini, “Random Hallelujahs,” RZIM: A Slice of Infinity (12-16-16)

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Trapped in a Cave and Rescued from Above

Laura Demarest, “What It’s Like to Be Trapped in a Cave,” The Washington Post (7-6-18); submitted by Paul May, Pastor, Ashburn, Virginia

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Principal Uses FaceTime to Read to Students on School Bus in Snowstorm

David Finch, Oakland, Oregon; source: CBS Philly, “Principal Reads To Students On FaceTime While School Bus Was Stuck In Traffic During Snowstorm” (11-16-18)

A principal from the Lower Moreland School District took action to keep students calm when their bus was stuck in terrible traffic due to a snowstorm. ...

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A Hiker near Death in a Snowstorm Saved by a Stranger

David Finch, Oakland, Oregon; source: Antonia Noori Farzan, “A hiker in the Cascades thought she would die in a snowstorm. But a stranger was looking out for her.” The Washington Post (11-2-18)

Nancy Abell tried to get Katharina Groene to turn back. But with 150 miles to go on her solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, Groene wanted to see ...

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The Madness of Christmas Toys

Matt Woodley, Editor, PreachingToday.com: source: Heather Wilhelm, “The Madness of Christmas Toys,” Acculturated blog (12-16-15)

In 1983 the Cabbage Patch Kid was the mysterious “it toy,” selling over 100 million to date. Most veterans of the great Cabbage Patch Conflict ...

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Grad Student Saved by Lyrics from Handel’s Messiah

Mary Ellen Rothrock, “The Lyric that Saved My Life,” Christian Reader, Nov-Dec 1998; submitted: Lee Eclov, Vernon Hills, Illinois

In the 1960s Mary Ellen Rothrock was a grad student in English literature at the University of Wisconsin. In 1998 she wrote in Christian Reader magazine: ...

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The King Who Became a Commoner for Love

Soren Kierkegaard, Philosophical Fragments (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2009), Page 21: submitted by Lee Eclov, Vernon Hills, Illinois

There was no question he loved her. He was absolutely bedazzled by her. Surprising, really, because she was plain, maybe even… well, (to someone ...

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      • Sunday, Dec 16: Third Sunday of Advent
        Advent, Year C
        1. Philippians 4:4-7
        2. Zephaniah 3:14-20
        3. Isaiah 12:2-6

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