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The promised peace

Date: 12/20/2012

That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. This is ...

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Telling the story of Christmas

Date: 12/19/2012

How do you tell the Christmas story to a group of people who are intellectually disabled?  Of course, this is a dilemma no matter where your ministry lies.  If you are a parent, can you make the story fresh to your growing brood?  If you preach to a congregation of 10,000, what is the method you will use to keep the message relevant while remain true to the gospel message? Each year I try to f ...

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Date: 12/18/2012

At Special Gathering, which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community, we have several activities to celebrate the birth of the Savior.  My favorite is our Happy Birthday, Jesus Party.  Our members bring food.  There is a birthday cake.  We feast, sing "Happy Birthday" and retell the story of the birth of God's son. It is the timeless recounting of God's great love for mankind wh ...

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Purchasing time

Date: 12/17/2012

There are few times of the year that present the Church with a greater degree of purchasing power than the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  I’m actually not thinking about purchasing gifts or other stuff but purchasing a more valuable commodity–time. During these weeks, as we abandon our vocations in order to celebrate the birth of Christ, time can seem to slow to a creep as we s ...

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Face to face with God

Date: 12/14/2012

In ancient times, few people were given the privilege of seeing God.  While we aren't told that Abraham actually saw God face to face, we know that God valued Abraham so much that he was called "the friend of God."  It was an amazing closeness. However, for the Hebrews to acknowledge that a man would have friendship with their G-d was not even logical.  Jehovah's name alone was so holy that t ...

Related Topics: Simple Scriptural Truths, Christianity, Developmental Disabilities, Mentally Challenged Community, Autism Spectrum, Intellectual Disability, Church, Christian, Spirituality, Faith, Hope, Simple Truths

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The Star

Date: 12/05/2012

As Pastor Iman passed Eric who paced back and forth at the back of the room, the pastor asked the young man, “What part do have in the play?” “I’m the star,” Eric said, scratching his head and facing the inquiring man. “Oh, that’s great but what is your part?” “I’m the star,” Eric repeated, patiently. “I know you are the star; but what is the part you are playing tonight?” Eric’s autis ...

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Call your Congressional Representative

Date: 11/30/2012

It was a happy day when I mentioned to a person who works at Congressman Posey's office about my AT&T phone problem.  "Oh, no," the Congressman's helpful office manager, Pam Gillespie, said.  "It is a federal law that you must be able to transfer your number to your new carrier. They are breaking FCC rules." For over a month, I'd been fighting with a slew of AT&T representatives to ...

Related Topics: Christianity, Developmental Disabilities, Mentally Challenged Community, Autism Spectrum, Intellectual Disability, Christian, Faith, Hope, Congressman Bill Posey, Congressional Inquiry, Telephone Service

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Value of Repetition Part 2

Date: 11/30/2012

Martin Luther has been quoted (or probably misquoted) as saying, "I've read the Bible once.  I don't need to read it again."  The life of Luther disavows this ascertion because it was his study of the scriptures that led him to faith in Christ.  His last note scribbled on a scrap of paper while he lay on his death bed was an exhortation to study the Bible with a humble heart. As a young woman ...

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