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Christmas Joy

One of my favorite parts about Christmas are the Christmas cards.   I love receiving them  . . . looking at the family pictures, catching up on lives of friends and loved ones.  I also enjoy reading the holiday sentiments.

Wishes of joy is a common sentiment. 

After noticing a number of cards with virtually the same phrase, "Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas season," my daughter wondered why "Wishing you joy" was used more than "Wishing you happiness."

In the "Daily Light for Daily Living®" feature airing on December 17th, Anne Graham Lotz explains the difference between joy and happiness:

"Happiness ...

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The Joyful Message

woman wonderingChristmas music, holiday decorations, and shopping ... it sounds like Christmas is almost here once again!  Don't you just love the Christmas season?

Elizabeth George (A Woman after God's Own Heart) also loves Christmas and all of the festivities that go with it!  But she reminds us that during this time it's easy for our priorities and our focus on the holiday to get out of line with what God wants for us.  

She encourages us not to forget what Christmas is really about -- that we received an incredible perfect gift from God -- his Son, Jesus, and that ...

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The Value of Every Life

I traveled nearly 2,000 miles home this weekend - from Atlanta to California.  Two airports, two sets of airline attendants and two sets of airline passengers and every time I interacted with someone, I made an effort to wish them a Merry Christmas.

Not "happy holidays," but "Merry Christmas." It's just a greeting, but the underlying significance is great - it's about keeping the "Christ" in Christmas.  It's about one important life given to change the lives of others for eternity.

On January 18th, Sanctity of Life Sunday, pro-life communities across the country join to underscore the ...

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The Time is Now

NATIVITYThis weekend at church, my pastor exhorted the congregation to invite our loved ones to services this month.  He emphasized that, during the Christmas season, unsaved friends and family are much more likely to come than at any other time.  I was reminded of Barry Meguiar's similar way of "seizing the moment" no matter the time of year!

With that in mind, every day in December on "Revival Outside The Walls", Barry is giving helpful tips for winning others to Christ-especially during the holidays.

His approach: "No matter where you go outside the walls this Christmas season, most of ...

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Keeping CHRIST in Christmas

God knows how prone we are to wander and that we need those moments in the calendar year where we can pull away and be reminded of who He is."

-Barbara Rainey on FamilyLife Today

Every year it's my heart's desire to make the most of the Christmas season--with a concerted effort to focus more on God's gift to us and less on decorating, eating, and shopping.

NativityAnd it's FamilyLife's desire to do the same--that is, providing listeners with ways of keeping CHRIST in Christmas.  An important challenge for those of us who are so ...

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Truth? Or Myth? ... from The Garlow Perspective!

Three Wise Men*December 25 is the birthday of Jesus?
Truth:
  December 25 was the birthday of the pagan God of light.  In 325AD, Roman emperor Constantine re-assigned the meaning to the birthday of Jesus, the true God of Light.

*There were three wise men who arrived to see Jesus?
Truth:
  there were three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  There may have been ten wise men—each of them bringing some gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Just as there are a lot of myths surrounding the celebration of Christmas, there are a lot of myths about what our children and grandchildren can do ...

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