Music

I believe the music in heaven will be better than the best music on earth. But a significant reason why will be our enlarged capacity to enjoy it.

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New Year’s Resolutions Are Not Enough

No matter how young I may feel (or not), I have already lived most of the earthly life that God has for me. 

By Stan Guthrie

I last saw Christine’s dad in October. Pete always made it a point to visit us, and other members of his extended family around the country, every year. Besides some unexplained back pain and a touch more fatigue than usual, he seemed perfectly normal, enjoying a hike with us at the Morton Arboretum to see the pumpkins and a whimsical exhibit of artistic trolls. But a week before Christmas, Pete died of a rare and aggressive form of cancer at the age of 78.

Go to: https://www.breakpoint.org/new-years-resolutions-are-not-enough/

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Lost

This year Illinois lost a net of 80,000 residents, while neighboring states saw net gains. And yet our politicians continue to double down.

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Drop

Chicago has just reported its largest school enrollment drop in two decades. Free fall.

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Death

This year in Chicago the number of carjackings doubled, to 1,400. We are witnessing the death of a city.

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Hearts

God is not impressed by our gifts and talents but by our hearts. With people, it’s usually the opposite.

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Star

The clouds cleared last evening, and I was able to glimpse the 2020 Christmas Star. Yes, God is still in control.

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A Frank Sinatra Christmas

We are never more open to spiritual realities, our hearts are never more tender, than at Christmas.

At the dinner table during Advent about ten years ago, we were discussing the secularization of Christmas. My “indescribably beautiful” (and intelligent) wife suggested we should have two celebrations: a “winter holiday” for the masses who are more into Santa and materialism, and Christmas, for Christians. While I understand her desire to keep the Christian holiday truly holy, I have to disagree.

Go to: https://www.breakpoint.org/a-frank-sinatra-christmas/

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Facts

I know we don’t all share the same opinions. But can’t we at least share the same facts?

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Don’t Stay for the Applause

John Stonestreet and Maria Baer

A few years ago, a popular Christian singer ended her set by leading the audience in “O Come All Ye Faithful,” even though it wasn’t Christmastime. By the time the song was over, and the crowd’s attention was pulled back to the stage, the singer was gone. While it was her concert and not a church service, she hoped to point to God and not herself. When it was time for her well-earned applause, the singer was out of sight.

Go to: https://breakpoint.org/dont-stay-for-the-applause/?_hsmi=103078955&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_yTcIm7sYWP9fpPzn8VeL-jMA7McA8oR7O_iaKa5YGC2GlaPxPeyrGdSZ-Fw19-DSCnxvu5f3l3CZib-hseW5FJWHKFg&fbclid=IwAR0oTvGGyM6yXwF5KJOjsGd0Y8imt_3pgbGLQIsOIKXcRsrVX8bfQKlzFcQ

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