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Kay Warren: The First Christmas Without…

My cousin Sharon died by suicide in April 2003. Her despair from a marriage that ended in divorce coupled with her decade long struggle with depression were too much for her to cope. Christmas 2003 for her surviving family was one in which her extended family left a lot to be desired. Looking back I am sure we dropped the ball. I wish I knew then what I learned by reading Kay Warren's story about the first Christmas without her son, Matthew. THE FIRST CHRISTMAS WITHOUT... Rick and Kay Warren's son Matthew died by suicide in April 2013. Her mother's heart says it all in this post about her first Christmas without Matthew. "Christmas 2013 was our family’s first without…
Bob Jones
December 12, 2014
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THE KIDS GOT IT RIGHT

I had a front row seat for three all-star Christmas presentations by our Children’s Ministry. Color me, “Proud Pastor.” None of the participants were my children or grandchildren, but they were all family! On Our First Day of Christmas There Were 22 bell ringers chiming, 8 cheerleaders jumping, 7 angels singing, 5 band members serenading, 4 line dancers grooving, 3 C & W singers crooning, 2 choir directors leading, 1 sixty-five voice choir singing and a partridge in a pear tree (OK, so no partridge). A Christmas Extravaganza Yep, it was our King’s Kids Christmas presentation! There was Ginger Breadhouse, Holly Branch, Candy Cane, Mary, and…Ned, Ted and Jed! Miss Carolyn Bells, the children's choir director, was leading the kids…
Bob Jones
December 7, 2014
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HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The song, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is loved by millions, including me. Its been covered by singers like Frank Sinatra to Twisted Sister. There are over 500 versions of the song on iTunes. I bet you'll hear it sometime before Christmas Day 2016 is over. What makes the song so popular is as basic to human nature as breathing. THE BACKSTORY It was Christmas 1944 and World War II was in its final stages. Judy Garland, perhaps the world’s greatest entertainer, was about to star in what would become a movie classic, “Meet Me in St Louis.” The movie tells the story of a close-knit family living in St. Louis in the early 1900s. The family is devastated…
Bob Jones
December 6, 2014
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WHAT SAYS “LOVE” BETTER THAN…

To love is to give. To give us to love. As Bob Goff says, "Love does." Love And Giving The Hebrew word for "love" is "Ahava."  Its also the word for, "I give." To give is to love. To love is to give. "By this we know love, that He (Jesus) laid down his life for us..." (1 John 3:16) 4 Ways Love Gives Year Round 1. Benevolence What happens when you're a single parent to five children and you lose your job? Generous people step up to help pay for re-training and keep food on the table and a roof over your head. What happens when you're pregnant, your husband breaks his leg, you give birth prematurely, your baby…
Bob Jones
December 4, 2013
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IN HONOR OF KRISTEN FERSOVITCH

This is a Guest Post from Kathy Brown, a friend of Kristen Fersovitch's. The article was written December 18, 2012. The Singing Christmas Tree About three weeks ago, with three papers, a sermon and a final exam still to complete, I was asked if I would volunteer for the Singing Christmas Tree which was being performed at the Jubilee Auditorium here in Edmonton, Alberta. My heart leapt inside me. It leapt because I was asked to recruit volunteers to sell Singing Christmas Tree merchandise and specifically a CD that was made by an Edmonton singer/songwriter and friend, Kristen Fersovitch. Kristen’s voice touches me in a special way, and her story touches me further. Immediately, my mind traveled back in time…
Bob Jones
October 5, 2013
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WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES IN A SHOEBOX

Vladimir Foreman was one of 400 kids, housed in groups of 20 at an orphanage in Russia. Living with 400 kids meant they were vying for everything - food, clothes and attention. “I had nothing to call my own. There was one towel used by 20 people and we could only take one bath or less every week.” He knew something was different the day red and green colored shoe boxes arrived at his orphanage. “I walked into a room and everyone was smiling.” SOMEBODY LOVED ME He was overwhelmed when he opened his shoebox. There was a notebook. “Wow,” I thought, “this is mine! I no longer had to share a piece of paper with someone else.” He could…
Bob Jones
October 16, 2012