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Not so Merry: Christmas with Depression

As someone who has experienced clinical depression for most of my adult life, I’m well aware of the reality that Christmas isn’t always merry. So how do we handle the struggles that come along...
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Till the Soil of Joy

Fleeting happiness is rooted in experiences and favorable circumstances—a mood based on external factors. But lasting, sustainable happiness—what the Bible calls "joy" is an internal state of...
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Dealing with Grief At Christmas

Everything about that first year after we lost our youngest son, Phil, to cancer was laden with effort; our first birthdays without him, his first birthday, and the first Thanksgiving. I could hardly...
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The Lost Art of Gratitude.

I love this time of year. The leaves have turned beautiful shades of reds, yellows, oranges, and purples. Smells of cinnamon and cloves fill the air. In a few weeks, many of us will take a step back...
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How A Global Serving Trip Can Change Your Life

Nick and Theresa Budmats have been going on global serving trips for decades, leading family teams and adult teams to Latin America and the Middle East. Their passion for the local church and building...