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Jean Williams has contributed 16 articles

Book Review: When Santa Learned the Gospel by Simon Camilleri

by Jean Williams

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Simon Camilleri’s When Santa Learned the Gospel is a wonderful antidote to the message of Santa that kids absorb every Christmas through school, in the media, and at shopping malls. I wish it had been available when my children were younger, to read together after all those school Christmas concerts, where we always had to listen to Santa Claus is Coming to Town, a song that Simon engages with in his book.

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Ministry is Midwifery

by Jean Williams

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The truth in ministry is that when growth comes in the people we minister to it is not due to us. The truth is that people grow because of God’s work in hearths through his gospel. In this sense, ministry is midwifery. It is God who gives new life—all we do is assist in the process.

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Contentment (10) Treasure

by Jean Williams

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A man was walking across a cow pasture when his foot hit something. He bent over, rubbed his aching toe, and noticed the corner of a box sticking out of the ground...

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​Contentment (8) Getting practical

by Jean Williams

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We started by asking about the secret of contentment; and we’ve discovered that it isn’t a technique: it’s a Person. Jesus is the one unfailing source of satisfaction, security and significance. He is the only one who can make us content. That’s all very well, but it’s pretty theoretical. How does it help me when I struggle with the temptation to be discontent?

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Contentment (7) Significance

by Jean Williams

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God doesn’t love us because we have value. We have value because he loves us. He doesn’t love us because we are likeable, productive, or good. He loved us when we were his enemies! Our worth doesn’t come from what we do, but from what he has done for us. Once we understand this, the basis of our contentment shifts...

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Contentment (5) Satisfaction

by Jean Williams

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What brings you joy? What gives you satisfaction? There’s nothing wrong with enjoying God’s good gifts, but how can you tell when a good thing becomes a God-thing? How do you know when you’re looking to something or someone else for contentment, rather than to God?

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Learning to see

by Jean Williams

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​I’ve walked this path for ten years. I’ve looked at this tree a hundred times. I give it a mental nod as I go by, as I would a passing acquaintance. Yet I never really saw it, not till today.

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Contentment (1) At a Time Like This

by Jean Williams

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A good friend of mine agreed to give talks on a woman’s conference. The topic? Contentment. A week before the conference, she found out she might have breast cancer. She gave the talks anyway. If you can’t talk about contentment at a time like this, when can you talk about it?

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