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Advent Devotional Preview: The Light Before Christmas

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We are sharing excerpts from each of our family Advent devotionals to give you a little sneak peek of what to expect from each. If you haven’t chosen a devotional to go through with your family this year, we hope you’ll consider The Light Before Christmas by Marty Machowski. You can also take a look inside the book by viewing this preview. There is also a companion Sunday School curriculum! Take...

Contagious Gratitude

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A few months ago, my husband and I were on a road trip. The host of the talk radio show we had tuned into asked callers to name what they thought was the most underrated movie. Everyone had different answers. Our answer? The Book of Eli. Don’t get me wrong! I’m not recommending it for a family movie night. It’s a post-apocalyptic, violent film, but it’s also full of Christian themes which I can’t...

Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude

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As a parent, teacher, and writer, I have spent many decades teaching biblical truths to children. But I have also had the immense privilege of being taught by those same children. My most recent lesson came from a 13-year-old boy from our church who was working with my husband on a car repair. I made a simple lunch for them and was somewhat taken aback when Luke thanked me as I placed the...

Advent Devotional Preview: Wonders of His Love

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As we move approach the Christmas season, we’ll be sharing excerpts from our family Advent devotionals as previews for your family. Today, we are sharing two days from Wonders of His Love: Finding Jesus in Isaiah by Champ Thornton. You can take a peek of the interior of the book here. We Need God’s Life Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit...

Caring For Grieving Mothers with Jackie Gibson

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In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt, talks with author and mother Jackie Gibson. She shares her journey through the stillbirth of her daughter, Leila. They talk about the unique challenges of grief in the loss of a child, how caring friends can comfort and help, and the precious ways in which God meets us in our darkest grief and loss. Timestamps: 1:20 – Intro1:39...

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