This week is our third and final installment of the series entitled Support Cast, where we are examining some of the characters surrounding the Christmas Story. This week we look at the Angel Gabriel and the significant role he played in communicating God’s intentions to Mary. In this blog you will discover the meaning the of Gabriel’s name. On a personal note, this character so impacted Christina (my wife) and my thinking that we named our son Gabriel in hopes that he would grow to be a man of God and a messenger of the Good News.

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During the time period of the birth of Christ, the Magi were men skilled in philosophy, medicine, and natural science. They were also mystical, possibly astrologers or at least astronomers, since they we’re guided by a star and interpreted dreams. They studied the heavens and pondered the One who made them. It is through these observations that God spoke to them concerning the entry of the King into the world. Some traditions say these men were kings (compare Ps. 72:10 and Is 49:7); although in later times, they might have been viewed as “magicians.”

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There is often a great deal of attention given to the main characters at the heart of the Christmas story: Mary, Joseph and, of course, Jesus. It makes perfect sense doesn’t it? An engaged couple from the back-side-of-nowhere parents the Son of God and can’t even get a hotel room for Mary to give birth in a somewhat sanitary environment. The story has an insane-with-anger king who wants to kill the child and leaders from his own administration who worship the child. I mean what about this story doesn’t capture the imagination?!? It has been told and retold through the ages, it is the story that never gets old with the passing of time. Over the next few weeks we will focus on the supporting cast surrounding the greatest story ever told. Those characters that are often referenced but rarely described. We begin with Elizabeth.

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As Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln plastered the most pivotal moments of Lincoln’s last years on the movie screen this weekend, I could not help but to think of a decision our 15th president made that has been all but forgotten.

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The Road to Hell

SLU —  November 14, 2012

You know what it’s paved with. But no one really cares what your intentions are … especially your kids. All that really matters is what you’re DOING. James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, or you’re deceiving yourselves.
We know our kids should consistently hear our voice reading God’s Word. We know family prayer should be a priority. We know we need to spend one-on-one time with each of our kids. We know daddies should “date” their daughters and that sons need a strong male role model. We know kids spell love T.I.M.E. We know, we know, we know. … It makes me sick to think of all we know and how little we do. We abide in our own mediocrity. Think about that word. Mediocrity. As close to the bottom as it is to the top! This is our kids we’re talking about!

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We are six months away from summer, and I’m sure your summer is like mine in that it takes half of the year to plan it out. Your summers are full with camp, family vacation, mission trips, VBS, and twelve other things that come up unexpectedly. So here’s the deal, go ahead and put your finger on one of the six SLU 101 dates this summer and clear your calendar for SLU 201. Don’t wait to do it next week;do it today. Summer is only 180 days away. If you are thinking about waiting to register your students for SLU, here are four reasons why you should pick your week and register your students by November 16:

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Seeing the invisible!

Dr. Jay Strack —  October 30, 2012

I made a wonderful discovery early in my faith and I attempted to put skin on it and live it out loud as I continued on my personal leadership journey. My “aha” moment or Eureka moment is when I discovered that leaders were different in almost every area of their life!

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SLU —  October 26, 2012

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Americans loved to be terrified by free-roaming beasts, zombies, vampires and blood curdling screams. Haunted houses fill neighborhoods with the promise of a temporary fright that will chill your blood and race your heart. Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights, voted #1 for five consecutive years, takes its visitors into an epic level of horror entertainment that backs up traffic for miles. It is expected that $2.87 billion will be spent on Halloween cost umes in this year of economic despair. (Personally, I am only in it for the free candy and the chance to wear my Gangnam Style Psy costume.)

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