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Good Thinking: Jesus in a Box

by Dr. Don Kuehle

We have a family tradition. The weekend after Thanksgiving, when all our family is together at the same time in the same place, we decorate the house for Christmas. We get out all the boxes. And as we unpack each box of Christmas decorations, we remember Christmases past, we recall with love when and where and from whom each decorative piece came. Then comes the dilemma

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Light a Candle for the Shepherds

ShepherdCalls_WPThe angels were celestially shocked when they heard God would send His son Jesus to earth. They were momentarily mortified when they learned He would be born in a barn. But, they were divinely delighted when they were instructed to go to earth and announce His birth.

However, they fell into an angelic argument over who would be the first to receive the divine disclosure. The Pompous Angel said a

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Over 1,000 Shoe Boxes Make Way to Needy Children

As one of the relay stations for the Lower Midwest Region, the First Baptist Church at Pattonsburg is excited to let you know the total Christmas shoe boxes collected for the surrounding area on Nov. 24 was 1,236.

Shoe boxes packed in Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas will be processed at the Denver Center and then go on to Mexico.

Shoe boxes packed in Illinois will be processed at the Minneapolis

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Church News

Submitted news from area church services conducted Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014:

Gallatin Seventh Day Adventist

Special Prayers and Encouragement: Pastor Mike Carner and family, Darryl and Liz Wilkinson’s grandson, Laura Hoyle and son Patrick McBroom and family, Vicki Hiley, Amanda Hogan, Chris Huffman. Memory Verse: James 4:12 “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” Sabbath School Lesson; “One Lawgiver

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The Right Side

ShepherdCalls_WPTraveling south along Interstate 49 (old Highway 71) from the final Raymore/Belton exit, one can see a tall county water tower. At first it appears to be on the left side of the highway, but the road twists and turns for the next several miles; and when you pass the tower, it is actually on the right side of the interstate.

Each time I make that journey (and I do

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Sneak Attacks

by Pastor Steve Ellison

In the early days of World War II, the U.S. managed to somehow not be drawn into direct military action. That would soon change.

While no one would accuse Japan and the U.S. of being on friendly terms, the Japanese did have ambassadors in Washington, D.C. when the attack occurred. Because of the sneak attack, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941, to be a

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Volunteers from Every Church Help Area Families

An average of 26 volunteers from most every church in Gallatin gave 7,781 hours of service to the community, according to Bill and Karen Reed with the Seventh-Day Adventist Community Service Center, located on South Clay Street in Gallatin. Those volunteers helped an average of 47-50 families each week and an average of 146 persons a week.

The community provided 43,437 articles of clothing to give away; 731 pairs of

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CWF Chicken Dinner and Bazaar December 6

Lucille Bruce, 90, hand-painted 20 Biblical/Christian themed squares and Marge Hennen pieced this unique quilt now on display at the First Christian Church on Hwy. 13 south of Gallatin. Be sure to buy a ticket to win this one-of-a-kind design. Drop by the church to see the quilt or call 660-663-3415 for information. [Staff Photo/TLH]

The 102nd Annual CWF Chicken Dinner & Bazaar will be held from 11 a.m.

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Advent Hope

ShepherdCalls_WP‘Tis the season of Advent. The word “advent” means “a coming.” For Christians it denotes the coming of Christmas, the time when God came to earth as a baby. Traditionally, the four Sundays prior to Christmas and Christmas Day are celebrated as the Advent season. On each Sunday a candle in an Advent wreath is lighted, and special emphasis is given to some part of the Christmas story.

One tradition

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