Feeling Stressed This Christmas Season? How to Manage It Manages You

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Stressed at Christmas: Cut back on your schedule. You don’t have to attend every party or accept every invitation. Sit down with your December calendar and reserve some evenings for peace and quiet. (The secret words are: “I’m sorry; my schedule won’t allow it.”)

Cee Harmon’s insight:

You can also set a spending cap for yourself, and covenant not to spend more than a certain amount for any one gift, no matter who it’s for.

Reduce your gift list. Even one less person can be a significant savings of time, money, and energy.

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John Piper: Why Self-Esteem Won’t Save You | Your Identity in God

John Piper Teaching on Self Esteem and Identity in God

According to John Piper, “You were made to be stunned by God, not just feel good about yourself. You’ll only discover who you were meant to be when you find your identity in him.”

Being Happy in God

I am not here to make you feel good about yourself. That’s a low salvation. That’s a low-level, American gospel message. I am here to make you so happy in God — to help you feel so good about the glory, majesty, beauty, justice, love, truth, and power of God — so that in all that, you forget about yourself.

Some of you have heard me say, “Nobody goes to the Grand Canyon to increase his self-esteem.” Because on the edge of the Grand Canyon, as you feel your soul being drawn out into this vast opening, that’s not what happens. What happens is wonder and awe, which is what you were made for. Heaven will not be a hall of mirrors in which you like what you see.


John Piper- Identity in God - Inspirational Quote


Heaven – Jesus Everywhere Satisfying Your Soul

In fact, I just have this suspicion there won’t be any mirrors in heaven because anything good and beautiful about you will be radiated back to you from the other people that you’re loving so much it just bounces back to you. But mainly it’s going to be about Jesus everywhere satisfying your soul.

So, thoughts about you in this world cause us so much grief. We think that the solution is “If I could just feel better about me — better about the way I look, better about my height, my weight, my complexion, my hair, my mathematical ability — if I could just feel better about me, I’d be healed.”  Read full story…desiringgod.org


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All Florida Salvation Army Units Activated for Hurricane Irma

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Disaster Relief: All 47 Salvation Army units – from Pensacola to south Florida – are on standby and eager to assist residents in need. The Salvation Army is currently working on establishing five strategic staging areas which include Miami, Fort Myers, Palm Beach County, Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Cee Harmon’s insight:

Along with the 32 canteens (mobile kitchens), The Salvation Army also has a fleet of equipment which includes two bunkhouses, two shower trailers, one generator and a Ford utility truck, which will be deployed as needed to the Hurricane Irma impacted areas.

The Salvation Army has more than 3,000 trained volunteers and staff in Florida, ready to offer a warm meal, bottled water, coffee or offer emotional and spiritual care.

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Mia Moo Fund – Where Every Child Deserves a Smile | Jase and Missy Robertson

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Mia Moo Fund
Image: Mia Moo Fund


The Mia Moo Fund is dedicated to raising awareness and funds towards research, treatments and causes of cleft lip & palate.


Cee Harmon’s insight:

The organization began in 2014 after Mia Robertson, daughter of Jase and Missy Robertson (Duck Dynasty), completed surgery for her cleft palate. As Mia entered surgery, thousands of supportive fans tweeted, blogged and talked about how strong and beautiful she was.

It was both empowering and inspiring. It has since become our mission to bring this type of support and love to each and every child that suffers from cleft lip and palate.

See also: Jase Roberson Finally Shaves Beard for Charity

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A Glorious Christmas Tour 2017 – Featuring Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns - For King and Country - Christmas Tour 2017
A Glorious Christmas Tour 2017 will launch on the heels of brand new holiday offerings from both Casting Crowns and for KING & COUNTRY. | Image courtesy: CCM Magazine

Casting Crowns and for KING & COUNTRY will join forces this holiday season on A Glorious Christmas Tour 2017.  Presented by Compassion International, the tour marks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these two critically-acclaimed, top-selling Christian acts share the stage at Christmastime for an incredibly theatrical, versatile and moving performance—sure to become one of the most anticipated events of the 2017 Christmas season.

The exclusive, 13-city arena tour kicks off Nov. 30, 2017 in Austin, Texas, and travels to major markets across the U.S., including Houston, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and more, before wrapping up in Atlanta on Dec. 17, 2017.

Read full story …ccmmagazine.com


For King & Country: “A Glorious Christmas” Tour 2017 w/ Casting Crowns

For King & Country: Let the celebrations begin! To us, the holiday season is the most magical time of the year..celebrating the most beautiful attributes of humanity – family, gift-giving, and God descending to earth as a baby boy. This Christmas season we’re excited to sing classic Christmas carols with you and Casting Crowns, as well as perform some of our hits from “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.” and “Crave.”

It’s ours and Casting Crowns’ hope that these 13 concerts, spanning across the USA, will help usher in for us all…a truly Glorious Christmas. – Joel & Luke For more info and tickets: christmas.forkingandcountry.com


A Glorious Christmas Tour 2017 –  Concert Dates

11.30 – Austin, TX – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

12.1 – Corpus Christi – American Bank Center

12.2 (Matinee) – Houston, TX – Berry Center 12.2 (Evening) – Houston, TX – Berry Center

12.5 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

12.7 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center

12.8 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center

12.9 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

12.10 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

12.14 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex

12.15 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena

12.16 – Louisville, KY – Freedom Hall

12.17 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center


See also: Disney Night of Joy 2017 at Walt Disney World – Christian Music Festival


Rock the Universe 2017 – Christian Music Festival

Rock the Universe 2017: On Sept. 8 and 9, Florida’s biggest Christian music festival returns for an unforgettable weekend of faith, worship and non-stop entertainment that can’t be duplicated. And now, you can grab your tickets to experience the excitement of Rock the Universe and Universal Orlando Resort all weekend – including Universal’s all-new water theme park, Volcano Bay.

Fans will enjoy live performances by more than 14 of Christian music’s most compelling artists in the heart of Universal Studios Florida. This year’s line-up features GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin; two-time GRAMMY award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae; and Casting Crowns.


Millions Across Africa and Yemen Face Death by Starvation

Humanitarian Aid Crisis – Africa and Yemen

Yemen Humanitarian Aid Crisis
In Yemen, cholera is ravaging the population at an alarming rate. The situation is caused largely by attacks on vital infrastructure, leading to diminished access to clean water, food, medical care and work. | Image courtesy: (Abdul-Rahman Hwais/EPA)

The situation in Yemen is being described as the “largest humanitarian crisis in the world,” with a total of 20.7 million people in that country alone — 10.3 million of which are children — in desperate need of help, according to figures from Save the Children.

The Global Emergency Response Coalition, which includes World Vision, CARE, Save the Children, Oxfam, and Mercy Corps, say the situation is critical and people need help now.

“We know that when the funding is available to help, we save lives,” said Margaret Schuler, senior vice president of international programs for World Vision.

“When we wait to respond until a famine is declared, it is simply too late. To save lives, we need more than compassion. We need Americans to see those in need and not turn away.”

According to the U.N., in Yemen alone, a child under the age of five dies from preventable causes every 10 minutes, and 7 million people are on the verge of famine. In Somalia and Nigeria, another 7 million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  Read full story…nbcnews.com


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