Light of the Whole World – Another Children’s Christmas Video

The Jesus Storybook Bible is one of our families favorite resources.  Here’s another promotional video that may be a help to your family in communicating the Christmas story to your children.

See first children’s video post here.

Not Good at Reading the Christmas Story? Maybe this will help.

Not good at reading the Christmas story?  Maybe this 5 minute video will help.

We are always looking for fresh ways to communicate the gospel to the little one’s in our home.  The Jesus Storybook Bible has been one of the most helpful resources we’ve found.  Now they have short promotional clips as well as the entire audio book is for sale.

 

When did Christmas Begin?

Every year I am captivated by some new facet of the Christmas story. As if a splendid diamond was turned revealing a new shimmer, glint or sparkle of light never bent or reflected that way before.

This year I’m captivated with when the Christmas story truly began. Christmas is the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised one, who came to save mankind from eternal separation from God resulting from their sin.

But Scripture reveals that the Christmas story started long before mankind ever existed. Continue reading

Par is Not Perfection: Born to LIVE as well as Die

At the Christmas season we often hear the phrase “Born to Die.”  While this is certainly an accurate statement there are other glorious gospel truths that complete the story.  Christ was also born to live for us. Let’s consider three gospel thoughts  (original by Dave Harvey):  par is not perfection, perfection for us, and the divine swap. Continue reading

A Time for Silence

If the truth of the Christmas message never moves us to silence, then I have to wonder if we are missing an important and appropriate response.  To be more bold, I’m convinced that we must find time to ponder the weight of the Incarnation.  If there is a “time to be silent,” then certainly Christmas is one time. Continue reading

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah began December 11 this year. Traditionally and historically, Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday as the time commemorates one of the greatest victories in Jewish history.  This past year, Craig Hartman of Shalom Ministries preached a very helpful and insightful message titled, Happy Hanukkah. We make it available again in an effort to appreciate God’s chosen people, to understand the holiday itself as well as to witness to your Jewish friends.

Thinking About Santa

Warning: the following article may burst your “holiday bubble” if you still believe in Santa. In all seriousness, good people differ on the role Santa should or should not have in a Christian family’s life. I thought the following was a thought-provoking section of a book that I recently picked up. It’s written to be a help to you as you navigate the holidays with your family.

The following is an excerpt taken from a book, Treasuring God in our Traditions, by Noel Piper. (Crossway Books, copyright 2003, pp. 80-81).

For several reasons, we have chosen not to include Santa Claus in our Christmas stories and decorations. First, fairy tales are fun, but we don’t ask our children to believe them. Second, celebrating with Santa and manger will postpone a child’s clear understanding of what the real truth of God is. It’s very difficult for a young child to pick through a marble cake of part truth and part imagination to find the crumbs of reality. We want our children to understand God as fully as they’re able, at whatever age they are. So we try to avoid anything that would inhibit or distort that understanding. Continue reading