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Fasting: Fasting from Gluttony

Gluttony is part of the original sin. In the Scriptures, we read that Adam and Eve gave up paradise for food. Esau did something similar when he sold his birthright for stew. Some of the children of Israel also succumbed to gluttony in the wilderness. “‘Oh, for some meat!’ they exclaimed. ‘We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. ...

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The World’s First Christmas Carol—Luke 1:49

I love Christmas carols. Once Christmastime arrives, carols run through my head for the entire season. Some are better than others, of course. I’ll admit that I like some holiday jingles that are mostly about shopping or decorating. But the best are those that remind me of Jesus. They keep me grounded during a hectic time of year.
So this year I have a suggestion. I propose that we familiarize ourselves with a...

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