Joy to the World
Christmas is coming! There are many words that may come to our minds during this season–joy, peace, love, regret, stress, sadness. Christmas does not always bring joyful thoughts to our minds. However, we can choose joy, even during less than joyful circumstances. In Psalms 13:5-6 (NIV) we read, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for He has been good to me.” This verse declares that our reaction to the salvation God freely offers should be rejoicing which began when Jesus came into the world as a baby that very first Christmas!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Today, all of Kidtown is praying you will let our amazing God show you the beauty of His most magnificent gift–the only gift that matters. The joy of Christmas can’t be found in the stress and clutter of a holiday where we are working to have a more wonderful experience. It is found in the stillness of a quiet, listening heart. Today accept this wonderfully perfect gift!
“The beauty of Christmas is not in the presents but in His presence” is a quote based on Matthew 1:23, “She will give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel, which means ’God is with us.’” It’s an awesome thought, isn’t it? God is ever present in our lives. We don’t have to pick up the phone or go to His house to talk to Him. He is with us every day, every hour, every minute. Share the gift of God’s presence with others this Christmas season. It will be the best gift you’ve ever given them.
Fall on Your Knees
Deep theological issues tend to seem less important twice each year. Interestingly, these are the times when churches experience their highest attendance. At Christmas and Easter, Christians around the world come together and focus on the main thing we hold in common—Jesus. Our prayer this Christmas is that you, like shepherds and wise men long ago, will look to the manger and be overwhelmed by the one thing that is eternally significant—Jesus.
Are You Gonna?
The birth of Jesus was amazing news of that time. It had an impact on the mighty, “When King Herod heard this he was disturbed” (Matthew 2:3). It had an impact on the Magi, “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed” (Matthew 2:10). Even the shepherds understood the magnitude of this news, “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:20). This news does not diminish over time. Were you overjoyed when you heard it? Did you praise God? Is it time to demonstrate your understanding of this news?