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What if Jesus Isn’t the Reason for the Season?

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During a visit to the dry cleaners one early December, a festive banner caught my eye. Displayed prominently in the front window, it proclaimed in bright red and green letters: “Jesus Is the Reason for the Season!” While I understand the motive behind such a statement and commend the shop owner’s desire to challenge the commercialization of the season, if we apply a bit of biblical theology...

Exploring Our Seasons of Sorrow with Tim Challies

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In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt, enjoys a conversation with pastor, author, and blogger, Tim Challies. They talk about Tim’s prolific work, his family, and the death of his son Nick, which Tim discusses in his book, Seasons of Sorrow. Tim’s faith and hope in God shine as a comfort and example to all of us. Timestamps: 1:35 – Intro 3:10 – Worship Around the...

The Anticipation of Christmas

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For most of my growing years, I attended a Haitian church nestled in a town in North Jersey—just a skyline view away from Manhattan. Modeling the early church, our devotion to the fellowship was central to our identity. We experienced everything together. Out of all the memories we shared, there was nothing quite like celebrating Christmas as a church family. The Christmas Eve service was the...

Advent Devotional Preview: Prepare Him Room

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This is the last in a series of previews of our family Advent devotionals. Advent starts in just a few days, so be sure to order your choice of devotionals for your family now! Today’s excerpt is from the popular, well-loved devotional Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski. Take a look inside the actual devotional for families and the Sunday School curriculum. God’s Promise:The Greatest Proof of...

Answers from the Bible for Counseling Problems with Andy McLean

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In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt, talks with Lifeway’s Bible Publisher Andy McLean. They discuss how Bibles are developed, published, and printed. And they give special attention to a new edition called the Life Counsel Bible, which contains numerous articles and other tools for life and counseling. This episode provides an encouraging reminder of the invaluable...

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