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An older man reading his Bible.

Tips for Sticking to Your Bible Reading Plan

December 29th, 2016

If you’ve decided to do more Bible reading in 2017, you need to have a plan. Fortunately, there are many different apps and websites that offer a plan based on your own preferences and schedule. It seems so easy to just … Continue reading

Loneliness affects many people, especially around the holidays.

Loneliness and How It Affects Your Health

December 27th, 2016

“Keep in mind that to avoid loneliness, many people need both a social circle and an intimate attachment. Having just one of two may still leave you feeling lonely.” –Gretchen Rubin Those without friends and family at the holidays often … Continue reading

A woman taking care of a cat.

The Importance of Self-Care to Your Faith

December 27th, 2016

Lives don’t only get busy through the holiday season, although that certainly doesn’t help in managing your schedule. When you feel as if your calendar is out of control, you get stressed. What can you do to keep your life … Continue reading

Some think Boxing Day is simply another shopping holiday

Boxing Day? A Holiday or Shopping Day?

December 26th, 2016

December 26, the day following Christmas, isn’t just the day when everyone returns their gifts and eats leftovers. The day has much more significance than most of us realize. In the church, December 26 is St. Stephen’s Day. Stephen was … Continue reading

December 26 is Boxing Day

Continue Celebrating on December 26

December 25th, 2016

In English countries, the holiday celebration continues on December 26 with a custom known as Boxing Day. Servants and masters may trade places, but the tradition began years ago. The gentry would retain their servants on Christmas Day to serve … Continue reading

A menorah for Hanukkah.

Is Hanukkah Like Christmas?

December 24th, 2016

Hanukkah is often compared to Christmas, but there are many differences between the Christian and Jewish celebrations. One key difference is that Christmas is always celebrated on December 25, while the date of Hanukkah on the Gregorian calendar changes. Typically … Continue reading

A woman being a mentor to a young boy.

Turn January Blues Into an Opportunity to Mentor

December 23rd, 2016

As you’re making your resolutions for the new year, consider adding mentoring to your list. January is National Mentoring Month, a national campaign to increase awareness about the benefits of mentoring. Young people need mentoring relationships to help them grow … Continue reading

A sign for the twelve days of Christmas.

Are There Really 12 Days of Christmas?

December 21st, 2016

If you’re like most Americans, you know the words to the popular Christmas song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but you may not realize what the Christmas meaning is. It can seem as if Christmas is over all too quickly … Continue reading

Apples feature in many December holidays

December Food Holidays to Take a Break From Christmas Celebrations

December 20th, 2016

Let’s face it, the holidays can be overwhelming. Between running to parties and recitals, wrapping endless piles of presents and decorating your house, it’s easy to get weary and tired. Instead of thinking about all the chores that are facing … Continue reading

Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral

Beautiful Churches in Chicago

December 20th, 2016

As the third most populous city in America, Chicago offers a great deal of culture to the more than 52 million annual visitors. It’s been named the “Best Sports City” in the United States three different times, as it has … Continue reading