I wanted to take an opportunity to say Merry Christmas to everyone. Many of you may wonder if I made it to my Mom’s and if I was able to surprise her and the answer is yes. We have had a good, relaxing time so far and we have family coming in today and tomorrow.
Thank you to all who have made this past year such a blessing. We appreciate all of you and hope you have a blessed holiday.
Ever since Thanksgiving, I’ve been musing on how my celebration of a holiday is distinct and different from the world. I think too often, our (Christian’s) celebration is merely the same kind of celebration as the world, except it’s maybe cleaner and we add Christ on top. But we have the same kind of greed for gifts and service out of obligation. So, what steps does your family take to celebrate the holiday in a way that distinctly points to Jesus?
For today’s free audio recommendation, if you’ve never listened to them, you simply must receive the gift of poetry that John Piper gives his congregation each year. All the years are collected in a handy list according to date.
If you are looking for a good place to start and you want it to be more of a holiday feel, check out The Innkeeper.
…for He will save His people from their sins. (Matt. 1:21) Let’s be praising the God this week for the incredible Gospel truth that Jesus was born to save us from disobeying what God has called us to be and do.
I love the preaching of Sinclair Ferguson for its clear, Gospel-saturated content. In this series of messages preached during the Christmas season of 06, he encourages us to worship and marvel at the true meaning of Christmas–Jesus Himself. (Got this sermon recommendation from Justin Taylor)
Ferguson admits that these are 3 Christmas gifts he wishes to unwrap for his listeners and I’m sure you’ll find them to be a great gift as well.
Sinclair Ferguson urges us to not confuse Jesus Christ with Santa Claus.
Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC has provided this helpful devotional in the celebration of Advent.