All Resources by Noël Piper

When Grandma and Grandpa Don’t Celebrate Like We Do

Noël Piper
When Grandma and Grandpa Don’t Celebrate Like We Do
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...
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Thanksgiving: Gateway to the Holidays

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Thanksgiving: Gateway to the Holidays
Many nations have special days for giving thanks. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is always the fourth Thursday in November. Wherever we are in the world, there are at least two requirements for any sort of thanksgiving to happen…
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Latecomer to Narnia

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If Not Santa, What?

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How will our home look if our celebration is a picture of anticipation and waiting for God’s plan to be completed, a picture of our joy in the salvation he has begun for us? What visible things will fill our…
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Thinking About Santa

Noël Piper
Over the years, we have chosen not to include Santa Claus in our Christmas stories and decorations. There are several reasons First, fairy tales are fun and we enjoy them, but we don’t ask our children to believe them. Second…
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Jesus Tree

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Talitha: “Mom, I have a tiny disco ball to hang on the Jesus Tree!” Me: “Before you do that, you need to tell me how that disco ball relates to Jesus.” Talitha: “Mmm…well…Jesus is the light of the world…and he…
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Looking Forward: Preparing to Meet Jesus Face to Face

Noël Piper
Advent is a time of looking back, remembering the faithful people who were waiting for the salvation God had promised, as 1 Peter 1:10-12 tells us Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be…
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Looking Back: Advent Candles

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Advent Candles probably are the most common Advent symbolism of looking back to the days of waiting for the Messiah God had promised Various helpful schemes of symbolism can be attached to Advent candles, their number, and color. But here…
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Advent: Standing in the Middle

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During Advent, it’s as if we are re-enacting the thousands of years God’s people were anticipating and longing for the coming of God’s salvation, for Jesus. Then at the end of the four weeks of Advent, Christmas is a heartfelt…
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What Is Advent?

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We are a people of promise. For centuries, God prepared people for the coming of his Son, our only hope for life. At Christmas we celebrate the fulfillment of the promises God made—that he would give a way to draw…
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My Mother's Response to Our Adoption

Noël Piper
Today is a very important day in my life—my mother’s birthday At my blog, I’m in the middle of a series, telling our adoption story. Today, I skipped ahead a few episodes to describe Mother’s response to our adoption news…
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It's My Pleasure

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When I came home from running errands yesterday, I found a florist’s delivery on my back porch—rich, red long-stemmed roses. The gift card had no words, only numbers: 6-6-66 Yesterday, 6-6-09, was the 43rd anniversary of the day I met…
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Choose! Life or Limbs?

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If you have two functional legs, imagine life without them.... Imagine life without them.... Imagine that your legs are gone so that you can have life That’s the story of my cousin, Mal. He was in a coma, almost dead…
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Never in January

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A year ago I set out to read the whole Bible. That's nothing new; I've begun to read the whole Bible every other year for about 28 years-emphasis on "begun." But with all the best intentions, I was never able…
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Dreaming of a White Christmas

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There are good reasons to dream of a white Christmas For one, God created crystal, blinding-white new snow to help us understand the contrast between our sinful old selves and the new persons he has made us into: “though your…
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Burping Baby Jesus

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“The little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.” Really? Let’s not forget that the Lord Jesus was also the human newborn baby Jesus, as we’re reminded in one of the best Christmas books ever—The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
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A Season to Look Back and Ahead

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We are a people of promise. For centuries, God prepared people for the coming of his Son, our only hope for life. At Christmas we celebrate the fulfillment of the promises God made—that he would give a way to draw…
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Look, No Hands

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Brian Gault was born in Northern Ireland in 1960 with no arms due to the “completely safe” drug prescribed for his mother’s morning sickness. I’ve just finished reading his autobiography, Look, No Hands At Bethlehem Baptist's Disability Ministry blog…
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A Giant In My Life

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Annie Lou Henry May 23, 1898 – November 9, 1980 Twenty-eight years ago today—five months after we began at Bethlehem—my father’s mother died down in Georgia. For a couple of years she had been having small strokes that kept her…
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Happy Birthday, Mother!

Noël Piper
Today is the 87th birthday of my mother, Pamela Henry A couple of years ago, our Bethlehem M.O.M.S asked me to tell them what I learned by being my mother’s daughter. Only God knows all I’ve learned and am…
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Lilias Trotter: Following God's Call

Noël Piper
Last Wednesday marked the eightieth anniversary of the death of Lilias Trotter. She died August 27, 1928, forty years and five months after following God’s call to leave her comfortable English home and move to Algeria According to the…
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Surrendering Our Children

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Our grandson, Orison, is three years old. Judging by his interests during our Sunday afternoon backyard picnic, I would have said he was aspiring to stardom as an ace batter or as a trumpet player in a marching band (using…
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Deep Waters—Swim or Sink?

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One verse leapt to my memory as we listened to Psalm 69 in the service this weekend: “I have come into deep waters.” It reminded me of a memorable passage from Lilias Trotter, 19th century artist, author, and…
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Memorial Day 2008

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This is a weekend for remembering the ones who died in our nation’s service. For me, the memories are mostly of high school friends who died in Vietnam Today, my heart goes out especially to the ones whose memories are…
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