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O Christmas Tree | ORBC Shares

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O Christmas Tree

written by Paul Tripp

“Make your Advent conversation about a tree, but not the one in your living room. Talk about how that baby in the manger came not to decorate a tree, but to hang on it for your salvation. Remind yourself and your family that in a world darkened by sin, that tree of sacrifice and salvation shines as a light of eternal hope that will never, ever go out.  Let's not miss out on opportunities to talk about why Jesus came.”

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The Joyful Responsibility of Discipling Our Children | ORBC Shares

The Joyful Responsibility of Discipling Our Children

written by Jill Nelson for Children Desiring God

“Parents desire many things to be true of our children as they grow and mature. For example, we want our children to be loving, respectful, caring, productive, motivated, resilient, happy, and more. All are good things and worthwhile goals and require some measure of our time and attention as we instruct and train our children toward these goals.”

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My Suffering Has Not Defined Me | ORBC Shares

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My Suffering Has Not Defined Me

written by Joni Eareckson Tada for Desiring God

“Are you ever going to move on? Is there no better topic of discussion than, (our wounds) There is!! You are defined not by your abuse, your abandonment, death, depression or any other wound you have. Our identity is in Christ.”

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How To Persevere When You Are Weary In Serving | ORBC Shares

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How To Persevere When You Are Weary In Serving

written by Kristen Wetherell for For the Church

“While God never slumbers nor sleeps, you and I often come face to face with our limitations, especially in the area of serving God’s people, be it visiting the elderly, playing music for church services, teaching the children in Sunday School, or carrying one another’s burdens through the ministry of prayer.”

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Skinned Knees, Broken Hearts, and the Need for Mommy Theologians | ORBC Shares

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Skinned Knees, Broken Hearts, and the Need for Mommy Theologians

written by Melissa Kruger for The Gospel Coalition

“We never know the circumstantial classrooms the Lord will provide us to teach biblical truths to our children—it could be skinned knees, broken hearts, or monsters under the bed in the middle of the night. Regardless of what we think about ourselves as theologians, every mom is teaching her child about God every day.”

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