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What It’s Like to have a “White Christmas”

What It’s Like to have a “White Christmas”

THEME: CHRISTMAS HOPE Written By Christine Emmert, USA Over the past four years, I have spent my Christmases in the snow-swept plains of northern United States. Having grown up in the subtropics, white Christmas was a new experience for me. In the beginning, the snowy landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful. But after a while, the long […]

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What It’s Like to have a “White Christmas”

What It’s Like to have a “White Christmas”

THEME: CHRISTMAS HOPE Written By Christine Emmert, USA Over the past four years, I have spent my Christmases in the snow-swept plains of northern United States. Having grown up in the subtropics, white Christmas was a new experience for me. In the beginning, the snowy landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful. But after a while, the long […]

Remembering Advent, Overcoming Frustration

Remembering Advent, Overcoming Frustration

THEME: CHRISTMAS HOPE Written By Jaryl Kok   It is December and the season of Advent is upon us! A time to remember and consider how God in all His glory humbled Himself and came into our world. A time of expectation and hope. A time of looking forward to the promise of redemption and […]

The Nightmare before Christmas

The Nightmare before Christmas

THEME: CHRISTMAS HOPE Written By Clare H. I can only imagine the thoughts running through Mary’s mind when the angel Gabriel told her that she will conceive as a virgin and give birth to a son, who will be great and called the Son of the Most High (Luke 1:32). Now, although Mary was obedient […]

Breaking Free from the Smoke

Breaking Free from the Smoke

Written By Eunice Rodríguez Pérez, Canary Islands, Spain One of my neighbors—a middle-aged woman—was diagnosed with pneumonia. She had been smoking for half of her life, puffing on more than a pack of cigarettes a day. You could see her at almost all times of the day standing on her balcony, enveloped in a cloud […]

Christmas, My Favorite Time of the Year

Christmas, My Favorite Time of the Year

THEME: CHRISTMAS HOPE Written by Shawn Quah Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. The celebratory atmosphere, the songs sung, and the joy that emanates from people during this period was to me—a boy of seven then—a magical and wonderful time. One of my fondest memories of those times were of my […]

The Free Gift with No Strings Attached

The Free Gift with No Strings Attached

THEME: CHRISTMAS HOPE Written By Tracy Phua I’m probably not the only one who is taken in by the Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotions that many shops offer, especially at this time of the year when all of us are busy shopping for Christmas gifts! But after being “cheated” numerous times, I’ve learned not […]

The Loving God

The Loving God

THEME: CHRISTMAS HOPE Written by Crystal Tang Many miles from where I am and some thousands of years ago, lay a peaceful looking infant in a manger lined with hay. Barely moments after his birth, angels from above presented their repertoire of praise, and lowly shepherds came and bowed before this blessed child. It was […]

What I’ve learnt from The Voice about Hope

What I’ve learnt from The Voice about Hope

THEME: CHRISTMAS HOPE Written By Joanna Hor It struck me the other day after burning countless weekday nights on five seasons of the reality TV singing competition, The Voice, that at the end of the day, it really (and sadly) isn’t about the voice. It might be because I’m nursing a broken heart after my […]

Movie Review: Big Hero 6

Movie Review: Big Hero 6

Written By Candice Lim If you are anything like me, the first thought that crosses your mind on the new movie Big Hero 6 would probably be: Another cartoon? But if you really are anything like me, you would be speeding off to the nearest cinema to catch the movie before its run ends soon! […]

It Starts with Being Content

It Starts with Being Content

Written By Christine Emmert, USA Some of us have much to be thankful for. A good family. Food on the table. Nice clothing. Good schooling. Hopes for a solid job. I am one of those who really have almost everything I could ask for. Yet another group of us may have fewer things to be grateful […]