Christmas Extraordinary

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 ESV

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How did you celebrate Christmas?

Dinner with family and friends? Did you exchange gifts? What if next year we started a new tradition?

What if we gave only gifts to those who cannot give us anything in return? I don’t mean just one item through the Angel Tree program or through your local church community outreach program. Imagine a Christmas where instead of exchanging gifts with family or friends, you combined your family resources and gave to the underprivileged? Homeless, single parents? Orphanage, or to whomever your heart is burden.

What if you start a new family tradition? You have a whole year to discuss it over with your family and plan it out. You may be pleasantly surprised how the Spirit of love, joy, and peace comes through in blessing others with your resources.

Just another radical idea that glorifies God, blesses others, and strengthens oneself in Kingdom reality.

Think about it.

 

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Chair, Consultant, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

Learn. Integrate. Grow.

 

 

Savior, Messiah, King

 

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
“We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ)” John 1:41
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:32-33

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What is Christmas all about?

Is it simply a national holiday?
Is it a religious holy day?
Is it a birthday celebration?

What does the exchange of presents have to do with Christmas?
Is it a day we give ourselves a license to buy the things we always wanted but could never justify? It is group mentality gone array?

Big business manipulates the airwaves with advertisement. Nonprofits increase their fund development campaigns. The western world gives itself an excuse to party hard. Is it all really about Jesus or something else? What is the reason for the season?

I use too and still do become angry at the commercialism and self-indulgence showcasing itself each year at this time. I also laugh at times realizing that historically this season of the year was once a pagan celebration, but Christians redeemed it for Christ. (I think we are still trying to figure out how to live-out the redemption part.) Yet, I am glad that Jesus is given some recognition in the public media and national channels . I only wish it was more.

I find it interesting that Jesus never asked us to celebrate his birth. We don’t even know the date of His birth. But we do know that He is no longer a baby. He sits on a throne in heaven intervening for you and me. He is humanity’s Savior, Israel’s Messiah, and Heaven & Earth’s King. He is the reason for this and every season!

So this Christmas, and every Christmas, and every day in between, let’s Celebrate Him! Let’s thank Him for what He has done, is doing, and will do. For He is the reason for all our seasons.

My prayer is that you and your love ones have a most enjoyable Christmas!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Chair, Consultant, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married

Learn. Integrate. Grow.