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October (Page 3)

Paul wrote: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. . . . I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12, 14). If you are like me, you may be asking yourself, but how am I to do that? When I see the love of Christ or the power of God being displayed in a fellow believer, I sometimes think:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is about a miserly old businessman named Ebenezer Scrooge who is confronted with the festivities of Christmas. His response to Christmas is “Bah! Humbug.” He has no time for Christmas, and he bitterly resents how the holiday gets in the way of what’s really important – running a business and acquiring wealth. He is first warned by a former business partner, Jacob Marley. Jacob is reaping the consequences of his sins, pictured as chains he forged