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The Impossibility of Lonely Christmases

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Lonely Carols There is no better way to respond to Christ’s birth than with singing and over the centuries the Church has amassed a wealth of carols and hymns that is the envy of the world. This has led to all sorts of crooners and warblers without a religious bone in their body recording Christmas albums, interspersing sentimental seasonal fluff alongside forthright carols of Christian joy, topped off with an original or two to try to make their collection distinct. Sometimes this results in a beautiful voice singing beautiful truth, in a plundering-the-Egyptians, blind-squirrel-finding-a-nut sort of way. Other times, we’re. . .
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When Your Christmas Traditions Falter

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Difficult Christmases I don’t mean to come off like a Debbie Downer, but the Christmas season has been somewhat difficult for me for the last couple of years. Not in an overwhelming sense, it has been more like a wet fog and slush in contrast to fresh snow under a blue sky. I’ve struggled to discern the root of my difficulty because it has been even more of a struggle in recent years than it was right after my wife Kim passed away. I began to comprehend the problem after reading an article by a well-known national journalist and a. . .
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Tell Your Kids the Christmas Story . . . Then Celebrate It!

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Telling the Christmas Story Christmas is an event so wonderful and important that time and history are kept according to Jesus’ arrival. This is a story that must be told annually. American Christians are in a unique position because we simultaneously have a cultural and religious holiday mixed together, and we end up with manger scenes that have either Santa Claus flying overhead or Santa bowing down at the manger in worship of Christ. Certainly if the historical Saint Nicholas had been present at the birth of Christ, he would bowed before Christ, but Santa Claus bowing seems rather strange. . .
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Did You Have a Blue Christmas?

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Christmas Bright & Christmas Blue For our Christmas morning breakfast we had waffles, eggs, link sausage, coffee, tea, eggnog, and lots of conversation. A playlist of Christmas hymns and songs played in the background as we ate, talked, and laughed. Later in the day we joined another family for more of the same but this time we were slicing into prime rib and pouring wine. Now all my Yuletides have not been nearly as full. Some late Decembers I went hungry and was mostly alone. I worked on December 25 several times and there was no one to come home. . .
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In Search of the Christmas Experience

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Holiday Pressure Over the last few years, there has been a growing pressure on families during the Christmas season much more than our parents felt. Our parents felt pressure during Christmas because they wanted us to have a joyful Christmas and to bless us with gifts they couldn’t the rest of the year. They wanted us to enjoy our gifts because it brings them joy to see their children happy. Right or wrong, this was their belief and their pressure, which brings me to the pressure that our current generation feels about Christmas and our lives in general. We have. . .
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Give the Gift of Encouragement!

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Daily Faithfulness Changes the World We love our partnership with our club members! Our goal is to give into their lives with the teaching we produce. Our members apply this teaching and go into the world living more biblical lives every day. This is how the world changes, daily faithfulness by families just like yours, transforming your families, churches, and culture to reflect the beauty of our Lord. Our club members are a valuable part of this ministry. Every month we send them resources like Every Thought Captive magazine and our conversational audio series The Basement Tapes which seek to. . .
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Baby Jesus — Mysteries of Christmas

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Mystery of the Incarnation With Christmas now at hand, our hearts are naturally turned toward the mystery and wonder of Jesus. I say mystery and wonder because everywhere I look in Scripture the writing about the incarnation is revealing, and yet shrouded where we cannot penetrate, or, at least defies full understanding. Jesus told us He is our brother and our friend. Because of those assurances we sometimes forget He remains the King of the universe. He is the mighty warrior who rides a white horse to victory in Revelation, or is predicted to arrive with hosts of angels. He. . .
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