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  1. Judy says:

    Traditions are powerful things. Jesus has a lot to say about that.

  2. Michael says:

    All traditions aren’t created equally…while Jesus spoke against some, Paul repeatedly instructed people to keep others.
    The Advent tradition is based on biblical truth and is doing a stand up job of helping me not lose my mind this year…

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    Mary, the first Christian and, according to Ambrose, the archetype of the Church. Good to take into consideration this time of the year…

  4. Xenia says:

    I think Jesus would only have positive things to say about the Tradition of Advent. In fact, it was His idea in the first place.

  5. Xenia says:

    Joseph Prince’s mall/ church looks very much like my new toaster oven.

  6. MM says:

    “Joseph Prince’s mall/ church looks very much like my new toaster oven.”

    Now that’s funny!

    And he paid cash for it all.

    Years ago an acquaintance of mine, who was a contractor, told me about a church he was building. One of his biggest challenges was getting 2 thousand year old cypress wood for the doors. The church wanted to use wood which was around when Jesus was alive in ministry for them to enter the church through.

    I marveled about what something like that must cost; to which he answered, “Churches have very deep pockets.”

    It looks like Joe Prince’s are very deep.

  7. pstrmike says:

    Great linkathon!

    Franklin Graham is an interesting individual; one who like so many in the evangelical spotlight, has a dualistic character makeup of goodness and vice. I don’t think however, that he has “gone off the rails.” I suspect his train has never really been on the track to begin with. This latest comment of his is just another one to add to what is becoming a long string of comments that betray where much of his character leans toward.

  8. Em says:

    Advent? Necessary to focus? Maybe.. But…. ?
    For me, as a child, our whole family was able/blessed to gather on Christmas Eve for dinner and gifting. After all the gifts were opened and the wrappings gathered up and put on the big old log burning in the inglenook fireplace, the lights were turned out, the children settled down, snuggled up to mom or dad and by the light of the big Christmas tree, Grandpa read the true Christmas story from the Bible and sent all his children home with prayer. We celebrated, enjoyed each other and all went home in the dark of late night with the narrative of Mary’s visitation on through the shepherds’ miracle and the wise men. Not a single one of those children was ignorant of why we were celebrating.

  9. Em says:

    Enjoyed reading the link to the roots of the Salvation Army….
    Thankful for the Linkathon again

  10. Michael says:

    People have different ways of dealing with this season.
    It’s a living hell for me and Advent helps me make some kind of spiritual sense of the pain.

  11. Em says:

    Michael, we had a lovely celebration when i was a child, but it took a lot of preparation and i recall earing my grandmother say, ” I dread getting ready for Christmas again ” So your point is taken…
    Then there was Mary, nine months pregnant and forced to ride a donkey! We live in a tainted world – we truly do. .?

  12. Bob Sweat says:

    pstmike is spot on concerning Graham!

  13. bob1 says:

    Yeah. I hope folks in heaven can’t see down here. I think Billy would be sick to his stomach about

  14. The interview with Boz sickens me though I pray that he continues to stand in the gap to advocate for those whom churches fail.

    It’s interesting that he and his wife don’t allow sleepovers for their kids. I deflect when my kids, 7 and 9, ask. As a half time single dad, I won’t ever host in my home, even boys.

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