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Noel Piper http://noelpiper.com Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:15:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 But we don’t do it like that! http://noelpiper.com/2014/12/23/but-we-dont-do-it-like-that/ http://noelpiper.com/2014/12/23/but-we-dont-do-it-like-that/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:15:57 +0000 Noel Piper http://noelpiper.com/?p=5679 IMG_2145There’s one topic of conversation that comes up almost every time I speak about Christ-centered family traditions: “We think hard to plan ways to make our Christmas celebration more focused on Jesus so that we and our children know him better. Then we go to our relatives and they do things so differently.”

I’ve written down some thoughts that I hope will be encouraging and helpful if this is your situation.

You don’t want to cause disruption in the family, but you don’t want your children to be confused or hindered in their growing faith. You’re trying to help them understand as much about God as they can at whatever age they are.

What can you do? 

[You can read the rest at the Desiring God Blog.]

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46 years http://noelpiper.com/2014/12/21/46-years/ http://noelpiper.com/2014/12/21/46-years/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:03:09 +0000 Noel Piper http://noelpiper.com/?p=5671 1549_john_and_noel

Forty-six years. That’s a long time of God demonstrating his faithfulness and goodness.

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Gotcha http://noelpiper.com/2014/12/15/gotcha/ http://noelpiper.com/2014/12/15/gotcha/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:29:31 +0000 Noel Piper http://noelpiper.com/?p=5657 IMG_2214Nineteen years ago today, we were in the lounge outside the library in the old church building–sitting, standing, pacing, sitting again, standing again–waiting for the door to open for the entry of our daughter into our family.

That was a day that changed our lives. We can’t imagine life without our Talitha.

In the evening, I leaned over her crib and for the first of hundreds of times sang her hymn to her.

Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in Heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.

Praise the Lord in joyful numbers:
Your Protector never slumbers.
At the will of your Defender
Ev’ry foeman must surrender.

“God sets the solitary in a home” (Psalm 68:6).

Thank you, Father.

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The series that tells our adoption story begins here.

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The Thanksgiving gateway http://noelpiper.com/2014/11/27/the-thanksgiving-gateway/ http://noelpiper.com/2014/11/27/the-thanksgiving-gateway/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:46:55 +0000 Noel Piper http://noelpiper.com/?p=5640 thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving Day is winding down. This year I’ve thought of Thanksgiving as the gateway thrown open to Advent, which is the pathway to our celebration of Jesus’ birth among us–Jesus, who through his life, death, and resurrection is for us the way the truth and the life–our greatest cause of thanksgiving.

This year, as is often true, the first day of Advent falls on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Then for the next four weeks, it’s as if we’re re-enacting, remembering the thousands of years God’s people were anticipating and longing for the coming of God’s salvation, for Jesus. That’s what advent means — coming. (Read the rest at Desiring God’s blog page, including some thoughts about Advent candles).

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