Easter will be here in just fourteen days and this is one the greatest seasons for growth in the life of the church. The weeks leading up to Easter give us an opportunity for our own spiritual growth and renewal plus they offer us an unparalleled opportunity for inviting unchurched people to come to church. Let me share with you three steps that every Christian can take to experience Spiritual growth and renewal during the next several weeks.
Without Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, the story of Jesus' resurrection might have turned out differently. Every story has a good backstory. Like a prequel, the backstory chronicles events that happened before the primary narrative unfolds. And while it doesn't change the how or who or when of a story, it certainly changes the why.
(RNS) So here we go again. It's that time of year - Lent, when many Christians give something up. Often it's food, although my mom told me when I was a kid that giving up vegetables doesn't count. A few years ago, as we approached Lent, a few of my friends (who during the rest of the year rejected religion), announced they, too, were giving something up. What, exactly, they were relinquishing, I don't remember - and it doesn't matter.
An essential part of any counseling process is to help clients set goals. Many of you may already help your clients set SMART goals, that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable,Relevant, and Time-bound).
Thank God (not Jupiter) that we have a Lord who is never two-faced! He is, on the contrary, the fullness of creation, the Alpha and the Omega -- who is, the Bible tells us, "the same yesterday, today, and forever." He is constant, reliable, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Remember this on New Year's Eve, through your New Year's resolutions, whether (or how soon) you break them. We mortals always do.
Every year, Christmas just makes me feel guilty, because in spite of my best intentions I always end up spending too much money on gifts for people -- often for things they don't even need. It's too late to do anything about it now, but why do I do this?
Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some other Commonwealth nations.
I'm thankful your son is curious about Christmas, and I hope you'll do all you can to keep his curiosity alive. One way you can do this is by praying for him, asking God to give him a desire to know Jesus and give his life to Him.
Yes, at Christmas we celebrate the birthday of Jesus over 2,000 years ago. But who was Jesus?
When our children were little, they would awaken before daylight on Christmas Day, their eyes dancing with expectation. They could not wait to get downstairs to the Christmas tree to open the gifts. But before we opened the gifts, we read the Bible and I prayed. What a thrill it was to kneel in prayer together as a family and to thank God for the privilege of celebrating the birthday of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Hagee's, one of Christian music's most renowned gospel singing group has just released their new 2013 Christmas album titled, "Christmas". The 13-track album is comprised of Christmas' most beloved and nostalgic classics as the family joins together and makes this beautiful album. Produced by Michael Sykes (Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band) and Aaron Crabb (Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction) the album, "Christmas" will feature songs such as "Silent Night,"
And even if you aren't a big Duck Dynasty fan, you'll still enjoy this Christmas album, a mostly light-hearted sashay through the season with hilarious original ditties like "Ragin' Cajun Redneck Christmas" and "Hairy Christmas," which features Luke Bryan.Admittedly, "Duck the Halls" had us roaring with laughter. And Uncle Si's performance on "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is priceless. But there are some truly tender moments on the project, too. Sadie Robertson is joined by Alison Krauss for a
Here are four things you should say to your spouse between now and Christmas. The first two are for guys to say to their wives. The second two are for wives to say to their husbands. 1. "How can I help?" As a guy, it isn't that we don't want to help, it is that we don't know what we should do. So rather than jumping in and doing something, it is easy for us to just sit and channel surf. Our wives don't feel like they should have to ask us for help because we should just see that they need help..
On that first Christmas night, the angels appeared to shepherds on a hill near Bethlehem. Alfred Edersheim, the great 19th-century Jewish-Christian scholar, wrote in his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah that the shepherds and the sheep to whom the angels appeared near Bethlehem were no ordinary shepherds and sheep.
Waves of European immigrants brought cherished St. Nicholas holiday traditions to the United States. Over time these have melded into some common practices. If one looks closely, these reveal some distinctive characteristics of beloved St. Nicholas.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, and 6 December is the day to celebrate 'Santa Claus'. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).
For people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed foods, force her into social gatherings at which she’s not feeling the love, and you have what we call “holiday blues.” Some depression during the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years is inevitabl
What accounts for the difference? Queen Elizabeth, a woman of serious low-church piety, is said to prefer "happy" to "merry" because she dislikes "merry's" connotation of boisterousness, even slight intoxication. (Similarly, in Holland some of the more strictly reformed Dutch prefer Zalig Kerstfeest-"Blessed Christmas"-to Vrolijk Kerstmis-"Merry Christmas.")
Yet, in the midst of this preparation, millions of people miss the real meaning of Christmas. In the midst of the Christmas rush, Christ is oftentimes left out as we forget that it is His birthday we are celebrating. The precise meaning of that first Christmas is clear: God came to earth in human form. The impact of His birth was so great that calendars were torn up, prejudices were laid aside and people began to walk in newness of life.
Twas the season of Christmas, and all through the earth people were searching, still looking for worth. The message of Jesus was spread far and wide, in hopes each person soon would decide, while visions of peace hope and love may be dim. "Everything that you and I have been searching for in all of our lives is in Him."
“W-I-I-F-M”. Most really good sales people can immediately tell you what this acronym means. It has been pounded into their psyche. The knowledge of the depth of its meaning will drive them to success. The words? “What’s In It For Me?” The question every person asks every day, about seemingly everything in their lives. Answer this question for the prospective buyer, and you make the sale.
As Christmas approaches, counseling offices can start to fill up with clients who are having a difficult time managing the stress. Stress is a problem for many people year round, but there is something about the holidays that tends to cause an increase in stress for some. It makes sense because there tends to be a lot more to be stressed about!
One of the popular indicators of the supposed war on Christmas is the use of the abbreviation Xmas. The well motivated, if grating, “Don’t take Christ out of Christmas” alludes not so subtly to the abbreviation. The former Anglican bishop of Blackburn, Alan Chesters, advised his clergy against using it. Jane Wyles, editor of the Anglican C Magazine, summed up much Christian sentiment when she criticized the “glib way people substitute Christ with this anonymous ‘X’. It’s all part of the PC pictu
Dr. Seuss wasn’t thinking of me when he wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Charles Dickens would not have asked me to play Scrooge in his story. In spite of what you may read later . . . remember that! I’m not anti-Christmas, nor do I brandish the overused bumper sticker, “Put Christ Back into Christmas.” Our family has a tree every year. We exchange presents, play Christmas music, sing carols, enjoy the festivities, and even wish a few people “Merry Christmas.” Believe me—I have no bone to p