New Year, Fresh Start

Words from Jesus

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Each new year brings with it many things. It’s full of freshness, growth, and new experiences. It’s full of second chances, forgiveness, and opportunities to try again. It’s also full of tests, new challenges, and its share of difficulties and problems.

The most important thing in your new year is your relationship with Me. Because with Me at your side, you’re guaranteed to make it through whatever this new year may hold.

It’s been wisely said that life on earth is . . .  read more

Another Year to Love Him

By Maria Fontaine

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“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
—Ephesians 3:20 NLT

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a good time to look back on the accomplishments and victories, as well as the mistakes of the old year, and to look forward with determination to do our best to make the new year an even better and more fruitful one! It’s encouraging to see all the challenges . . .  read more

New Year Beginnings and Endings

A compilation

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The world is full of beginnings and endings. We begin a new year with a certain hope—another year, another chance, a new day. But we carry with us the same fears, the same longings, the same resolutions. A more cynical riposte thus might be: Is there ever really anything new about a new year?

When the past or present seems so broken that its shards seem to reach well into the future, new days are often filled more with fear than with promise. I remember a time myself when I . . .  read more

Let There Be Christmas!

A compilation

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My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?
—Bob Hope

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Peace on earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day.
—Helen Steiner Rice

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Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.
—Mary Ellen Chase

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Christ was born in the first century, yet He belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs . . .  read more

Christmas: It’s All About Love

By Maria Fontaine

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I’m excited about Christmas this year, because I believe that the Lord is going to do wonderful things, and that He will be working in new ways through each of us. As we employ the “God factor” and follow where the Lord leads us—no matter what He guides us to do—we will experience results. Christmas is an opportune time to infuse greater energy and power into the mission . . .  read more