Hand-Carved Bread Tray

Renew Carvings is giving away a 15-inch hand-carved walnut bread tray, valued at $70. Renew Carvings has connected trained artisans, with skills reflecting centuries of Middle Eastern tradition, with modern day applications. Renew not only provides existing carvers with a worldwide market, but enhances the building of their communities by training those who are poor and unskilled. The focus of Renew is not on creating an industry, but on building […]

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Who will win the contest?

Well, the “Write Them on the Doorposts” contest is coming to a close. You sent us almost 900 photos, and it’s been very hard to choose the winners. We’ve actually decided to add a few more categories and awards, due to the number of photos entered! Tonight, between 5 and 7 PM PST, the contest winners for each award will be posted here on the blog. We’ll also post a […]

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Discovering the Christmas Story

It’s December! Time for Advent! Use the days leading up to Christmas Day to help your children get excited about the story of Jesus’ birth. A nativity scene or creche is one simple way to point children to the story of Jesus’ birth all through the season of Advent. Pull out a sturdy set of nativity figures — ones made of plastic, wood, or even cloth. These should be figures […]

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Our Photo Contest is Ending!

Our Write Them on the Doorposts contest is ending in three days! If you have a photo showing how you’ve decorated your home with Scripture, we hope you’ll enter our contest by this Thursday, December 1. We now have over $700 worth of prizes ready to be awarded to the winners! You’ve sent us some wonderful pictures, and it will be very hard to choose the winners. To celebrate the […]

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Amazing Love

One of the songs we all sang together at our wedding was And Can It Be That I Should Gain. On this Thanksgiving Day more than thirty years later, I am still praising and thanking God for His amazing love that led Him to send His Son to save me. He left His Father’s throne above, So free, so infinite His grace! Humbled Himself — so great His love!   […]

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Give Thanks to the Lord. He is Good.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1, ESV) A long-time friend and sister in Christ shared some hard news with me yesterday, news that will profoundly affect her life and the lives of those who love her. In the midst of this trial that God has entrusted to her, she said something that we all need to remember, “I […]

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Sailing with the Pilgrims!

I’m looking forward to eating dinner on the “Mayflower” again someday. Instead of our own six children, it will be their children that huddle with me in the dark and pretend they are on the Mayflower, eating hardtack and dried meat while the winds blow and the ship pitches on the waves. Help your children appreciate the risks the Pilgrims took to come to the New World where they could […]

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It’s Worth It!

One day they’re little guys that you can’t turn your back on . . .     . . . The next day you turn around, and they’re married and starting families of their own. It goes way too fast. Give motherhood your all. Be faithful to the task your Father has given you. Lean on Him for strength and wisdom. Thank Him for every day He gives you with […]

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All Things Through Him

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). It was a request I wasn’t about to turn down… Johanna lives almost two hours away. I hardly ever get to babysit her darling daughters, and never by myself. (I would have no much-more-fun-than-me aunts to compete with.) So I said yes. I would watch Katie and Victoria while Johanna joined her sisters at the party […]

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