Posted on December 13, 2021
Christmas dinner is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and to reflect on the joy and gratitude of the giving season. You can use this time to share the Gospel story of Jesus Christ and to guide the hearts of those gathered toward the real reason for the season. If you are hosting the Christmas dinner, you have been given an incredible opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to tell your family and friends about the gift of eternal salvation. As you pause to give thanks, use one of these beautiful Christmas dinner prayers before sharing a delicious meal together.
Posted on December 12, 2021
Making our homes feel like Christmas goes beyond decorations and gifts, and old fashioned catches up to us quick as we age! Christmas isn’t as commercial as cyber sales would have us believe. It’s personal. Christ came to earth as a babe, setting in motion a chain of events that forever affected our eternity. God came down to earth to save us. As we recall the many ways we have grown to love celebrating Christmas and think up new traditions to add, it’s important to keep the babe in the manger center-scene. When we live life within the love of Christ, Christmas comes alive in our hearts, families, and homes.
Here are some of the things that make my home feel like Christmas each year. I hope and pray they will inspire others to continue old traditions and create new ones which reflect the true wonder of the season.
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Posted on December 10, 2021
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” — Luke 19:10
The Advent season anticipates the coming of Christ. Jesus came for thelost. This year has been a challenge for many around the globe, but the one change we can all make to bring the wonder back to the entire Christmas season isn’t in the shopping, the cooking, or the merrymaking, but rather something in the way Jesus came to earth and lived—something we so easily forget how to do each day. In this Christmas meditation, remember whose Jesus is, who you are, and marvel at the miracle of God’s plan in action for your eternal joy.
We seek and search for confidence in this world. Society clamors self-care and self-help. Slogans abound to love ourselves and be ourselves. Love has nothing to do with self. Love is self-less. Love crashed into this atmosphere and gave up every comfort readily available for other people. For His people. Confidence is rooted in Christ Jesus, in His sacrifice and in who He is, and Whose we are. The one change we can make this Christmas to bring back wonder is selflessness. Not only in charitable donations and lending a helping hand in our communities and around the world, but in knowing who we are. Do we know who we are? We are not random beings on a discovery mission to find out who we are. We are intentional, created in the very image of God. And everything we need to know about ourselves flies off the pages of Scripture, and the notes of nature.
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Posted on December 8, 2021
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
Advent is a traditional season celebrated the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day, in recognition and anticipation of the coming of Jesus. The Latin word for Advent means coming. Jesus came to earth, born as a babe to Mary and Joseph on earth. He also comes to us presently, as we accept salvation through Christ and receive the Holy Spirit. Advent also reminds us of Jesus’ future coming, when He will return to earth once again to establish God’s Kingdom. God’s plan always included our rescue and redemption through Christ. “We have a message of spectacular rescue:” John Piper reflects, “the love of God has rescued us from the wrath of God.”
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Posted on December 6, 2021
The Advent season celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah. With God in the beginning, the Son of God was born on earth amidst humble circumstances, in order to serve and save mankind. The Advent wreath is a symbol of the season, with a candle lit each of the four Sundays leading up to, and on Christmas Day. The light of the flickering candle flames reminds us who Jesus is: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5).
Why You Should Celebrate Advent (even if your church is virtual)
The Advent wreath is traditionally lit during a church service but can be equally as impactful virtually. Minimal supplies are needed to make an Advent wreath at home, and no wreath is necessary to recognize the light and peace Christ brought to earth! We celebrate Advent, not only in anticipation of the first Christmas but of each new life in Christ. He presently comes to us, and He will come again!
This year, as we reconcile the reliability of human traditions and plans, the church of God is still moving, helping, and loving others around the world in the name of Christ Jesus. Celebrating Christ’s coming is important. Preparing our hearts renews our hope and reminds us of our mission.
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