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[February 11, 2011 | One Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Next to Christmas, St. Valentine’s Day is probably the biggest gift-giving day of the year and like St. Nicholas, commercial purposes have co-opted St. Valentine. Although little is known about him, he was, like St. Nicholas, probably a bishop or priest in the early Christian church, although there were several saints by the same name, including one or two martyrs. 
It was in Chaucer’s time (C1343-1400) that themes of romantic love became attached to St. Valentine even though the church earlier commemorated him for his piety.
The most common account …


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[January 5, 2011 | One Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Every year at this time people make predictions and resolutions. The predictions are always false prophecies and speculations, some based on trends or data, some not, but within all of them is fear of what the future holds.
As Christians, we do not need to fear, whatever the coming days will bring for we know the One who holds the future and us in His hands.  
In that light, here are my predictions for 2011:
1. Jesus Christ will keep me abiding in Him by His grace, mercy and faithfulness. Jude …


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[December 20, 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
The Word was made flesh, He lived among us, and we saw His glory, the glory that is His as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
 
We often become so accustomed to hearing these words at this season that we become immune to the stunning wonder and magnitude of the event we commemorate. Much of the world remains incredulous because Christmas is about the incarnation of …


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[November 24, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Recently in New York City a man, Julio Diaz, was mugged at knifepoint. After giving the mugger his wallet, he said: “If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.” He then treated the teenaged mugger to dinner. At the end, the mugger gave back the wallet and surrendered his knife.
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray …


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[October 15, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12).
One thing we can always count on from our Lord Jesus Christ is truth. He has never lied to us. He told us to expect tribulation, opposition, ridicule and even rejection by our friends and family, even possibly imprisonment and death. He warned us to count the cost of following Him. There is no peace without the cross.
Now, you say, how …


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[October 4, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Psalm 31: 1-5
1 In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Incline your ear to me;
make haste to deliver me.
3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold;
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,
for you are my tower of strength.
5 Into your hands I commend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me,
O LORD, …


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