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Childrens Book  Childrens Book
  • Author: Richard H.  Schneider is senior editor for  Guideposts and the author of several books.  The book is illustrated by Elizabeth J. Miles.
  • Updated: 07/15/2013
  • ISBN: 0-687-45363-1
  • Copyright: Abingdon Press, Nashville

Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect is a story about Small Pine, a perfect tree, which allows itself to be used in service to those in need.

"Even though its kind sacrifices for the animals of the forest have marred the perfection of its shape, Small Pine is selected to be the Christmas tree in the Queen's castle, demonstrating that living for the sake of others makes us most beautiful in the eyes of God."

Readers have written:

"...a moving legend for all ages and a wonderful gift for loved ones"

"...favorite gift to give to friends"

"The illustrations are beautiful, and the message compelling!"


Children of all ages will receive a memorable message. It deserves the five star rating it receives.

--Jerry Hoffman

Sermon  Sermon
  • Author: Rev. Stephen J Cornils is a pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Updated: 07/15/2013
  • Copyright: Stephen Cornils is a pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN.

Hebrews 13: 5-6, 16

Im this sermon, Stephen Cornils ponders what brings contentment.  He states: "We discover the content of contentment when we view the purpose of our lives not as reservoirs for accumulation, but as a channels for the goodness of God."

Sermon  Sermon
  • Author: Don Fultz, St. Paul Area Synod ELCA, companion synod coordinator with Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
  • Updated: 07/15/2013
  • Copyright: Don Fultz

Stories about how people can become backbones to others through their generosity.

Link  Link
  • Updated: 02/27/2013

Nathan Dungan encourages a discipline whereby people share 10%, save 10% and wisely spend 80%.

On his web site, Share - Save - Spend he provides links to various sources that assist people in carrying out this discipline.

Below are links that relate particularly to the discipline of "saving."

Story  Story
  • Author: Jeff Sackett is pastor of South Santiago Lutheran Church,
    Clear Lake, MN.
  • Updated: 12/19/2012

Mark 12:38-44