FAMILY: JOY {Advent}

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” — Luke 2:10-11 Great joy? Is it almost too much to hope…

MOTIVATE ME: Everything You Need to Know About the Daniel Fast

In the beginning of each year thousands of believers in God (Jesus) are going on a Daniel Fast. While some fully understand what it is and how to do it, others are new to the idea of fasting and need more help than others.  In the next few paragraphs I will talk about the What,…

BIBLE STUDY: Verses to Read for Christmas

Let these verses guide you as you celebrate the birth of Jesus: Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign : Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will…

MOTIVATE ME: Prince of Peace

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 Many of us find it hard to read those words without hearing Handel’s Messiah in our…

MOTIVATE ME: Who Would Have Dreamed?

Christmas is a feast of song, a celebration known even more for its singing than its speaking. Christians cannot merely say the story; we are compelled to sing it — not only with beloved old songs, but with a steady stream of new songs. Why? Because some truths are simply too wild for the heart…

FAMILY: There’s No Christmas without the Cross

“For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity — the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6 NLT, second edition) Christmas without the cross is irrelevant. If…

FAMILY: The First Noël

[The wise men] went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary…

FAMILY: The Manger A Sign for the Suffering

I chipped a friend’s china plate as I struggled to put it on the counter. My arms are failing and I can’t quite gauge what I can and cannot do. I wanted to help clean up, to make things easier, but instead I made things worse. I spiraled downward after that, regretting going to her…

MOTIVATE ME: Christmas Is About Your Eternity

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 NLT, second edition) Turn on your television or surf the Web this Christmas, and you’ll discover all sorts of Christmas messages. But for the One who invented Christmas — God — there’s only one message…