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Christmas Priorities

Christmas MomChristmas 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.  

Let's not forget what Christmas is really about -- that we received an incredible perfect gift from God -- his Son, Jesus, and that through Him ...

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God's Precious Gift of Life

Our church is busy getting ready for our annual Living Nativity - complete with a choir, shepherds and a manger scene.   We welcome this traditional community outreach as it provides a timely way to share with non-believers about the birth of a single child who changed the world forever.

Christmas is a time to renew our appreciation for the value of human life- life so precious to God that He sent His only Son to live (and die) for us. And just one month after we celebrate our Savior's birth, pro-lifers nationwide will mark the annual anniversary when our country ...

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“God’s Redeeming Story”

ChristmasIt was a hard Christmas that year. We lost my grandma and my aunt both within a few months of each other. And then it was Christmas time.

We were supposed to decorate the house, get the tree, go shopping, sing the carols, be merry and bright.

But we weren't. We were sad, broken and grieving. In the season of warmth, I felt cold and alone.

How odd it was to have the world swirling with happiness and Christmas tidings all around my inner nucleus of quiet.

But even still, God was there. That's Max's message in ...

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A Mercy Christmas

ChristmasChristmas, for many, is about a time of second chances. A time of redemption, restoration and reconnection.

That was true for me several Christmases ago. I felt removed from my faith just a little due to the circumstances life was throwing at me. I felt down and wondered if God really remembered me amidst the hustle and bustle of the season.

Until Christmas Eve. I was singing - along with everyone else - in the service and don't really know how to explain the sensation that came next. But the worship experience was amazing. It felt like heaven was singing with ...

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The Promise of Christmas

With all the busyness that surrounds the holidays--shopping, parties, decorating--it's no wonder so many people lose sight of (or never find) the true meaning of Christmas. 

So what ways can you help your listeners minimize distractions and redirect their focus, especially during this season?  Encourage them to read and study God's Word everyday. And of course, tune in to "Grace to You®." JesusIn fact, this month by doing the latter, you'll accomplish the first. 

Starting this week on "Grace to You®," John MacArthur shares How to Get the Most From God's Word (airing 12/2-13 ...

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Stories Behind the Songs and Traditions

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

This is probably one of my most favorite Christmas carols--primarily because the good news of Christ's birth was to bring "comfort and joy."  But finding out the real meaning behind the words "rest" and "merry" made it all the more special. 

Have I piqued your curiosity?  Then be sure to tune in to ...

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