Christmas Eve Briefing

by Dennis Coday

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The staff at NCR's world headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., will be taking a holiday break Dec. 24-26. Here's a few recommended readings for the holidays. On behalf of the NCR staff, I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

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Looking for a little inspiration to begin your day? NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:

PP-header_with-outline.jpgPencil Preaching is blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.

DailyBreadBanner.jpgDaily Bread is a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned Scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.

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