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WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY…TO LEAVE A LEGACY*

      Rob Blackaby is president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. In a Seminary News article published several years ago, Blackaby define one’s legacy as “the imprint that God has caused your life to leave on individuals, groups, and institutions” and “the lasting impression your life and story have had on generations who will follow after you, with the marked desire to serve Christ and seek His Kingdom and His righteousness.”

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY…TO PROVIDE FOR FAMILY

      Many people have the erroneous perspective that only wealthy people need a Will. As a mother and a grandmother, Jane Earnest understands the importance of taking care of family…both in the present and with an eye toward the future. Over a decade ago, Jane asserted unapologetically “Anybody with a child needs to make a will.”

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL…THERE’S A WAY TO WITNESS

      According to Ben Franklin, both death and taxes are certain. With respect to the former, have you made necessary and appropriate plans for the future when the Lord calls you into “higher service” with Him? Does your end-of-life planning include a Last Will and Testament that has been prayerfully and carefully prepared to reflect your faith and values?

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GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

      Did you make resolutions for the New Year? Do you typically have a list of resolutions that are designed for self-improvement and to enhance certain areas of life? If so, do your resolutions truly have a legitimate chance of meeting with success? If your resolutions are like most resolutions and you are like most people that make resolutions for a new year, then likely you have experienced years in which your commitment to these resolutions begins evaporating within the early days of January.

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THROUGH IT ALL

      About this time last year, I began my “From Daniel’s Den” article with these words:

      What a year 2020 has been! To borrow from President Roosevelt, 2020 is a year that “will live in infamy!” A common theme over the past several months has been “Enough already” as many people want to erase the past twelve months and embrace a new year.


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CHRISTMAS LIGHT: DISPELLING THE DARKNESS

      At a recent funeral, several speakers presented memories and reflections regarding their relationship with the deceased. The first speaker had known the individual about which he spoke since high school. The second speaker was a niece who shared some meaningful experiences from the perspective of a younger relative. The third speaker was a semi-retired preacher who a few folks might know…his initials are J.F. and his name rhymes with “Tim Neutral.”

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ADVENT: A SEASON OF CELEBRATION

      About the time that I was graduating from high school, the band Kool and the Gang released the song “Celebration” that was wildly popular in the United States and around the world. The lyrics include phrases such as “There’s a party goin’ on right here, a celebration to last throughout the years” and “Celebrate good times, come on!”

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ADVENT: A SEASON OF ADORATION

      The American Bible Society is one of the many Christian non-profit organizations that my mom supports. In fact, she has participated in the society’s “Bible-a-month” club for many years. Recently, she found some gospel/scripture tracts that had been published by the ABS years ago. One tract presents the announcement of Jesus’ birth by the angel to the shepherds (Luke 2:8-20). Entitled Great Joy for All, the cover of this tract is being used with permission as the graphic for the current edition of “From Daniel’s Den.”

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ADVENT: A SEASON OF EXPECTATION

      Phillips Brooks, a well-known and respected Episcopal preacher in the mid-19th century, served churches primarily in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. With his impressive physical stature (Brooks stood 6’4” and weighed 300 pounds) and oratory prowess, Brooks held the attention of his congregants who eagerly learned and responded whenever he stood in the pulpit and proclaimed biblical truth.

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ADVENT: A SEASON OF PREPARATION

      On the first Saturday of October, I visited a local home-improvement store that has a national presence. Upon entering, I immediately came face-to-face with numerous artificial trees that seemingly were positioned as “greeters” to alert shoppers that Christmas soon would arrive and that a nearly unlimited choice of tools, floor covering, paint, yard-and-garden equipment, and other spruce-up-around-the-house items could be purchased as a gift to oneself or for a special someone.

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