Enjoying the Peace

Christmas and New Year’s are such busy times of year. If you get any break at all, enjoy it. We’re going to take a break from our daily blog until January 6. If nothing else, this will give you time to catch up on posts you haven’t read yet.

Enjoy the peace. Happy New Year!



Jesus’ Birth – Knit Together in a Human Womb

Max Lucado

It all happened in a moment, a most remarkable moment that was like none other. For through that segment of time a spectacular thing occurred. God became a man. While the creatures of earth walked unaware, Divinity arrived. Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious one in a human womb.

God as a fetus. Holiness sleeping in a womb. The creator of life being created. God was given eyebrows, elbows, two kidneys, and a spleen. He stretched against the walls and floated in the amniotic fluids of His mother.

God had come near. No silk. No ivory. No hype. To think of Jesus in such a light is — well, it seems almost irreverent, doesn’t it? It is much easier to keep the humanity out of the incarnation.

But don’t do it. For heaven’s sake, don’t. Let Him be as human as He intended to be. Let Him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let Him in can He pull us out.

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Your Turn

Close your eyes and meditate on the tiny Divine Body being formed. The vast God of all Creation! We would love to hear your thoughts about Jesus being knit together in a human womb! ~ Devotionals Daily

 

This post originally appeared at http://www.faithgateway.com/jesus-birth/?utm_source=devosdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=devosdaily20131206&spMailingID=44528941&spUserID=MjkwMzMzMDI3MjgS1&spJobID=218026393&spReportId=MjE4MDI2MzkzS0#.UqHkQvRDuFU



20 Memorable Christmas Traditions

20 Memorable Family Christmas Traditions

 by Jim Burns

 

Traditions are important for families because they provide opportunities to keep your family legacy going. From the simple to the silly to the sentimental, traditions can create meaningful memories. Don’t hesitate to try out some new traditions this Christmas season and see what works and what doesn’t for your own family. You just may create a new tradition that will keep going for generations! If you are looking for some ideas in the search for new Christmas traditions, consider the following:

 


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Christmas: Survive or Celebrate

Christmas: Survive or Celebrate?

by Doug Fields

When I was a child, it seemed like forever for the next Christmas to get here. Now, as an adult, when Christmas approaches, it seems like I just finished last year’s Christmas activities. Actually, the truth is, I just finished paying for last year’s Christmas activities.

So, now it’s Christmastime again, and I’m already tired just thinking about it. Frankly, I’m tired, period. I’m sure I’m not alone. The last months of the year are always busy. For me, there are speaking engagements, seminars, conferences, planning for next year’s events, family activities, and church events. Even as we head into the Christmas season, I find myself drained.

There’s tension in my home because I am the only one of the five in my family who doesn’t love all the decorating, the music, and the lights.


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Returning Faith to the Forefront of Christmas

by Leslie Snyder

Christmas has to be, without a doubt, my favorite time of year and I’m instilling that love in my children.  For all of the stress, the shopping, the traveling, the crowds, the cooking, and preparation, I love Christmas.  I love the smells, the music, the snow, the children’s anticipation, the gifts, the lights… I love it all.  But, if I’m not careful, in all of the tinsel and lights, programs and purchases, I will lose my First Love of Christmas and so will my children.

So, I’ve declared this Christmas the “Christmas of my First Love” where I will help my family shift our focus from the mall to the manger.  The manger is quieter and less crowded. It’s a place where children are always welcome. Spending time here will help our family to keep our eyes and hearts fully focused on Jesus.  I invite you to join with us! The truth is, unlike “Know-it-all”, I don’t really want it all because I have my first love, Jesus and my family… and that’s everything I’ve ever really wanted.

Making the move from mall to manger this Christmas isn’t that difficult!  Here are some ideas…


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A Pagan Festival?

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Zachariah 2:10

Shout and be glad. I am coming and I will live among you. — Zechariah 2:10

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. — Colossians 2:16–17

As we continue our journey to the heart of Christmas, let’s pause for a moment to consider a common concern raised each year regarding the validity of celebrating Christ’s coming — namely, that when Christmas was originally instituted, December 25 was a pagan festival commemorating the birthday of a false god.


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Parent’s Progress 12.12.13

‘Tis the most wonderful, busy and hectic time of the year! But parenting doesn’t take a break during Advent. In fact, this season is very important in teaching our children about many things, none the least of which is patience.

Today we have a couple of items that will be helpful to you. Both will lead to more reading (by you).

The first is a link to the December Issue of Moms & Pops Stuff, offering you ideas and tips for raising your children.

The second is Faith Gateway’s Top 13 Christian Parenting Books of 2013If you see one you like, mention it to Rick Nier and he may convince the WLFMC Library ladies to purchase a copy for lending.



Light from Galilee

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Prophecy

The gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.

— Isaiah 9:1–2

Out on the sea, drifting along in the calm of night, a captain awaits the sunrise that will break the darkness. In a similar situation, Isaiah spoke this prophecy in anticipation of light after darkness, of an explosion of light and Good News. For thousands of years, the Jewish people had been looking for the King who would come, bring an end to war, and usher in universal peace. They were waiting for the sunrise that would shatter their darkness once and for all.


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Heavenly Herald

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I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. — John 10:10

Christmas is not just a date on the calendar. It is not just an annual holiday. It is not a day to glorify selfishness and materialism. Christmas is the celebration of the event that set Heaven to singing, an event that gave the stars of the night sky a new brilliance.

Christmas tells us that at a specific time and at a specific place, a specific person was born. That person was (in the words of an ancient Christian creed)

“God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God.” That person was the Lord, Jesus Christ.

And from the lips of Him who came fell these words: “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Like piercing trumpets, these words heralded the divine. They declared that Heaven had come to our rescue and that God had not left us to stumble alone on Earth’s pathway.

What a wonderful and glorious hope we have because of that first Christmas!

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Your Turn

Don’t you wish you could hear the Heavenly Herald singing that celebrates the rescue of mankind by the birth of Jesus Christ? Christmas carols such as Joy to the World andHandel’s Messiah give us a glimpse of the majestic worship service in Heaven that we’ll join. Meditate today on the history-shattering even of the birth of Christ. Play Christmas music in your home and in your car! And sing! Join the conversation on our blog! We’d love to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily



Learn To Wait

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I stand at the door and knock. — Revelation 3:20

Celebrating Advent means learning how to wait. Waiting is an art which our impatient age has forgotten. We want to pluck the fruit before it has had time to ripen. Greedy eyes are soon disappointed when what they saw as luscious fruit is sour to the taste. In disappointment and disgust they throw it away. The fruit, full of promise rots on the ground. It is rejected without thanks by disappointed hands.

The blessedness of waiting is lost on those who cannot wait, and the fulfillment of promise is never theirs. They want quick answers to the deepest questions of life and miss the value of those times of anxious waiting, seeking with patient uncertainties until the answers come. They lose the moment when the answers are revealed in dazzling clarity.


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