Away in a Manger

Luke 2:7

Verse of the Day:  Luke 2:7   

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.           

On the very first “Christmas” Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room at the inn.  What about this Christmas, is there room for Jesus in your heart?  Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart will you let Him in? Or like the inn keeper, will you tell Him you have no room?  Open your heart to Jesus and receive the most wonderful gift of all.

God Sent His Son

Galatians 4:4-5

Verse of the Day:  Galatians 4:4-5    

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  

God had predetermined that He would send His Son, Jesus, to save the world from sin. When that time came He sent Jesus to live among us and to ultimately pay the price for ours sins, bringing redemption to all humanity. Jesus was born and died so that, by faith, we could receive the gift of adoption with the power, authority and privilege from God through Jesus and a right to our heavenly inheritance for all eternity. (Gill’s Exposition)

Joy to the World, the Lord is Come!

Verse of the Day:  Luke 2:10-11        

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.   

Over 2000 years ago an angel appeared to the shepherds bringing good news. God had a divine plan for our salvation and Jesus was born to lay down his life for all people. The promised Messiah, the Savior had been born. The good news of the Savior’s birth is the reason for great joy and celebration!

Peace

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Verse of the Day:  2 Thessalonians 3:16      

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

As we get closer to Christmas and the end of a very difficult year, let’s pray for peace in our hearts and in the hearts of others. True peace is a gift from God to those who keep Him in their hearts. Let’s not forget that we are all God’s children so we ought to pray for one another with love and unity. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the reason for the season. Christmas is not about the presents, it’s about His presence. May you and your loved ones find the true peace, love and joy!

Tis the Season to Be Jolly

James 1:19

Verse of the Day:   James 1:19         

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry   

Tis the season to be jolly. Even though it’s the most wonderful time of the year people are busy, stressed out, in a hurry and not always as polite as they can be. As Christians, don’t forget what the season is really about and let’s try to set an example of how to treat others. For some, the holidays can be a very stressful time. Lack of time, money worries, gift-giving pressure, anxiety and depression are often experienced even more during the holidays. This year things will be a little different with all the Covid-19 precautions. As we are out and about, we need to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, and some stores may only let a few people in at a time, let’s remember to be patient, kind and slow to anger to everyone we come across. Christmas is meant to be joyful and it doesn’t cost anything to be kind. If you feel yourself getting stressed out or angry, take a deep breath, say a little prayer and try to focus on the Lord and the real reason for the season.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Proverbs 22:6

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 22:6      

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it. 

Christmas is one of the most wonderful and exciting times of the year and a great opportunity to teach young children about Jesus and the real reason for the season. You can tell them why we celebrate Christmas, how and why Jesus was born and the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. You can read stories from the Bible or children’s books appropriate for their level of understanding, you can sing Christmas carols and talk about their origins use a nativity scene and other decorations, like a star to explain what they represent. There are lots of other ideas on the internet that will help you keep Christ in Christmas for little ones. Before the world starts putting its idea of what Christmas is, let’s teach our children all about a Christ centered Christmas.

Joy to the World, the Lord is Come!

Luke 2 10-11.jpg

Verse of the Day: Luke 2:10-11

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Over 2000 years ago an angel appeared to shepherds bringing good news. The promised Messiah, the Savior had been born. God had a divine plan for our salvation and Jesus was born to lay down His life for all people. The good news of the Savior’s birth is the reason for great joy and celebration! Just this morning I was watching the news and they were talking about taking religion out of Christmas to make it more inclusive. Jesus is the reason we celebrate and He already made it inclusive for all people. You can’t have Christmas without Christ.

A Cheerful Giver

2 Corinthians 9 7

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Spread the love of Christ with the less fortunate this Christmas. There are a couple of weeks left until Christmas so you still have time to make a donation to a worthy cause that helps people in need. Unless you’ve been there yourself, you don’t realize what a difference a little help makes. The simple things we take for granted someone else is praying for. Follow your heart and remember that the Lord has blessed you so you can bless others. Whether it’s big or small make a donation to your favorite charity, every bit helps and makes a difference in the lives of others.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Proverbs 22 6

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 22:6

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.

Christmas is one of the most wonderful and exciting times of the year and a great opportunity to teach young children about Jesus and the real reason for the season. You can tell them why we celebrate Christmas, how and why Jesus was born and the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. You can read stories from the Bible or children’s books appropriate for their level of understanding, you can sing Christmas carols and talk about their origins or you can use a nativity scene and other decorations, like a star to explain what they represent. There are lots of other ideas on the internet that will help you keep Christ in Christmas for little ones. Before the world starts putting its idea of what Christmas is all about let’s teach them a Christ centered Christmas.

Hark! The Herald Angel Sings

luke 2 13-14

 

Verse of the Day:  Luke 2:13-14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!

 

God’s good will in sending the Messiah brought peace into the world.  The plan of redemption brings glory and praise to God in that He gave His only Son.  Jesus, the Prince of Peace came to reconcile the world to God by His atonement for our sins.  The gift of the Savior is an expression of God’s good will, love and mercy towards all men who will receive it. This Christmas and all year around let the peace of Christ fill your heart with good will toward all men.