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    The 12 Ways of Christmas: Plan now for more peace in your life

    No-o-o! Did I just say "Christmas"? it's too early! Don't you hate it when stores put up their holiday displays before Thanksgiving? (Okay, before the Fourth of July.) Me, too. Ugh. But here’s the thing . . .  If we actually get started early like the stores do, we can have a calmer Christmas. And who doesn’t need one of those? The first Sunday in Advent is right around the corner—this Sunday, November 27. Don’t let it sneak up on you, or you might get caught in the usual vortex of mega-debt and uber-busy insanity. This year you can get it right. Here are my twelve suggestions for what to…

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    Praying for America with Franklin Graham in SC: Frustrated but Hopeful

    Undeterred by the 40° weather, we stand in front of the South Carolina capitol, thousands of us, joining Franklin Graham to pray for our nation. It's the fifth stop on his Decision America Tour to all fifty capitols.     No other speakers. No political endorsements.    The only piece of campaign literature I see is underfoot.   The head of Samaritan’s Purse relief agency and the son of Billy Graham says, “I don’t have any hope for the Democratic Party.” And as Republicans begin to high-five each other he continues, “I don’t have any hope for the Republican Party. Or the Tea Party. Or any party. I don’t see…

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    12 Ways to Prep Now for a Peaceful Christmas

    No-o-o! Did I just say "Christmas"? it's too early! Don't you hate it when stores put up their holiday displays before Halloween? Me, too. Ugh. But here’s the thing… If we actually get started when the stores do, we can have a calmer Christmas. And who doesn’t need one of those? The first Sunday in advent falls on November 29 this year. Don’t let it sneak up on you, or you might get caught in the usual vortex of mega-debt and uber-busy insanity. This year you can get it right. Here are my twelve suggestions for what we can do now to insure a calmer Christmas later: 1. Decide to…