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How strong is your will power? Making New Year resolutions is easy. Making them work is not. We intend to change, yet our ability to persevere over the long haul usually isn’t sufficient. It’s a frustrating human reality. As Jesus […]

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Are you making a New Year Resolution? What odds would you give yourself for sustaining your goal? 80%? 50%? 20%?   Bad news: According to studies on weight loss (the most common resolution), by February almost 60 percent of us […]

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By Mark Herringshaw   “Be it here resolved that in 2010 I will…”   It’s that time once again. December 31st, “National Extreme Makeover Day,” the 24 hour stretch when everything is possible, tomorrow. There’s nothing particularly magical about this […]

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Today is “Good Riddance Day.” At this moment in Times Square, New York, several hundred people are arriving lugging cardboard boxes of old income tax records, mortgage papers, old music recordings, and photographs, anything that brings bad memories from 2009. […]

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman…” Galatians 4:4 God with us,   I’ve come to see you. I’m not as clean as I wish I was, but I’m hoping you’ll […]

By Claudia Mair Burney Christmas Eve “While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.” Luke 2:6 NRSV   Light of the world,   The people walking in darkness await you. We who are living in […]

By Claudia Mair Burney The fourth Wednesday of Advent “The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to her son; and when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had lavished on her his […]

It seems like there’s always more bad news than good. Take today. Yes, it’s Christmas and where I live, a “white Christmas” at that. But all is not cheer and good will. Just read the paper, or these days, the […]

By Claudia Mair Burney Tuesday, the fourth week of Advent “Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings […]

By Claudia Mair Burney Monday, the fourth week of Advent “As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness; […]

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