Christmas Is About Jesus

Christmas is about Jesus. The Son, the only Son of God. The Word in the beginning. Creator of all things. The Lamb, the image of the invisible God. In Him all the fullness of deity dwells. In Him all things hold together. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In all things made like Continue »

Family Traditions Keep Kids Pure

Did you know that family traditions keep your kids pure? The Gresh family Christmas traditions … you’d think they’d be made of eggnog and pumpkin spice. Maybe Christmas hymns and candlelight church services. Nope. Ours are not so sophisticated. On November 28th, we pulled out Douglas the Talking Fir and began the month of stealthily Continue »

Don’t Give Them Everything They Want

I grew up the eldest of four kids. We had enough, but there was not a lot of excess. My parents were very careful with their finances. Christmas was wonderful but gifts were carefully chosen, not overdone, and sometimes purchased with creativity. I still remember one particularly moving Christmas. My younger brother had begged and Continue »

Gift Giving

I find pleasure in the giving of gifts, whether at Christmas, for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or for any occasion. However, with our family of eight married adults, 10 grandchildren, extended family members, long-time friends, and colleagues, my yearly gift list can number above 40 recipients. So finding creative, memorable gift ideas is becoming more important than a Continue »

Adore Hymns

by Tracy Lane Instead of waving both hands in a conductor’s rhythmic flourish, he stood tall and proud and still. Despite his stillness, his warm demeanor and wide grin directed the churchgoers’ voices in heavenward worship. Shoulder to shoulder they bellowed and swayed to familiar seasonal hymns, song numbers he’d carefully chosen and scribbled on Continue »

His Royal Names

by Tracy Lane “I’m not made to be a mom,” I huffed, tripping over a muddled mess of dress up clothes that cluttered my daughter’s floor. Luckily a growing tower of clean clothes waiting to be hung padded the corner of her dresser and broke my fall. In her rush to check, “Mommy, you okay?” Continue »