Today is Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of the sacrificial season of Lent, which Pope Francis says is a time of renewal and grace. The ashes are a reminder “For you are dust and to dust you shall return.” As one of my favorite authors Lysa Terkeurst teaches, God loves the ingredient dust to make things new: the creation of man, the healing of the blind with mud, just dust and saliva. And while dust can remind us that all temporal things are passing, dust does not mean the end. In fact, dust must be present for new to…

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Christmas becomes a more joyful season for me with each passing year. It was at Christmas time many years ago that I read this book, The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren, and accepted Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I wish I could remember exactly what year this happened. My mom used to put this book out on our coffee table with a few other childhood Christmas books that we like to re-read each holiday season has family tradition. It was in good company with The Night Before Christmas and Santa Mouse. I first noticed it mixed…

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