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Ash Wednesday: From Dust Unto Dust

Rachel Chimits
February 26, 2020

A strange little holiday is coming up, and if you haven’t celebrated it before, should you and how would you?

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth. Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Celebrating Christmas in India

Rachel Chimits
December 24, 2019

Believers around the world are gathering together not only to remember the Savior’s birth and his promise of eternal redemption but also to care for the widow and orphan.

In preparation for Christmas, our partners in India hold skits where children in their orphanage, and any from the neighborhood who want to participate, have the chance to act out the Christmas story.

Taking St. Nick Off the Naughty List

Rachel Chimits
December 23, 2019

Santa is a potentially controversial figure among Christians, but perhaps there’s a better perspective we could take on his story.

Perhaps no Christmas figure is more maligned that Saint Nicholas.

The man who began as a generous church leader, trying to inspire others to care for the poor, evolved into a magical sprite in a reindeer-drawn sled used by parents to bribe children into obedience.

Advent: The Adoration of the Magi

Rachel Chimits
December 20, 2019

Worshiping and delighting in Jesus at Christmas sounds all well and good, but how do we find the time and the right frame of mind to do this amid the holiday chaos?

In 1480, Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint an altarpiece for the Augustinian monks of San Donato. He completed detailed drawings of the painting’s figures and scene, but then he left the city.

The painting would be finished years later by an unknown artist.

Advent: To Sing the Song of Mary

Rachel Chimits
December 6, 2019

The second Sunday of Advent turns to examine Mary’s faith and how believers can learn from her choices.

Malachi’s an odd little book, only four chapters long and at the tail end of the Old Testament. It’s not much fun to read, to be quite honest. There’s lots of rebelling, judgment and general unhappiness.