• DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

        The third of three concerts in the Advent Music Series, sponsored by the Grace Museum, will begin at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church.

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  • THE OTHER WISE MAN

    By DANNY MINTON One of my favorite stories at Christmastime is “The Other Wise Man” by Henry van Dyke. It’s the story of Artaban, a man who studied the stars.

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  • BLOOMING AT CHRISTMAS

    By DAN STIVER There is a story about St. Francis of Assissi where he calls out to an almond tree, “Speak to me of God!” and the almond tree breaks

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  • SCROOGE IS THE GOSPEL

    By LESLIE STRADER Every year about this time, I wrap up my annual read of one of my favorite books – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Published in 1843

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  • ADVENT MUSIC SERIES CONTINUES

      Members of the Key City Jazz Quartet perform Dec. 4 at the Grace Museum to kick off the museum’s Advent Music Series. The second of three concerts will be

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  • FINDING JOY AT CHRISTMAS

    By CAROLYN NEWMAN I’ve been thinking and I’ve been told Everyone you meet could be carryin’ a heavy load. So with a handshake, a hug or a smile We can

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  • UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

    By SARA CORE She just could not be more excited!  Sara was so honored to have been chosen the narrator of her third grade class’s Christmas program.  She had waited

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  • ADVENT BEGINS IN BEAUTY AND FUN

    By LORETTA FULTON Sunday, Dec. 2, marked the being of Advent, the four-week period leading to Christmas. It is a time of quiet reflection–but it can also be a fun

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  • NEWEST HEALING HOUSE DEDICATED

    By LORETTA FULTON If anyone understands just how healing it can be to have a free place to stay while undergoing cancer treatment, it’s Norlene Gleaton. Gleaton, who lives in

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  • FAREWELL TO THE PARLIAMENT

    Editor’s Note: Dr. Robert P. Sellers, professor of religion emeritus at Hardin-Simmobns University, just completed his tenure as chair of the board of trustees of the Parliament of the World’s

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CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN

Photos courtesy Aldersgate United Methodist Church   Members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church invited neighbors to the church’s community garden on Dec. 9 for the lighting of a Christmas tree. The lights are set on a timer so that they will come on each night. Church members and guests enjoyed hot chocolate, candy canes, and singing of Christmas carols. The

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CHRISTMAS AMONG STRANGERS

Nancy Patrick at new home in Illinois, far from home, on Christmas 1974. Nancy and her husband, Mike, had just moved to Illinois for Mike’s first pastorate and they were among strangers for the first time.    By NANCY PATRICK Every year by Thanksgiving, our society transforms into a charitable, adoring, nostalgic, and sentimental group of people who seem to

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A KING FOR ALL SEASONS

By OMER HANCOCK Waiting makes life difficult. Some people have two seasons of the year. One is the Christmas season. The other – waiting for Christmas. Yes, waiting isn’t easy. Threaded throughout the Old Testament and the Intertestamental period (between the Old Testament and the New Testament) God’s covenant people continued to accelerate their hope in waiting for the Messiah, the anointed one, the

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