Every mom and dad knows that one of the best things about being a parent is giving to your children. Parents delight in sacrificing to meet their children’s needs and to bring them happiness.
That’s one of the reasons Christmas can be a stressful time of year for parents who are struggling financially. The best gifts you can give your children, however, are not tangible. Regardless of what wrapped presents you may or may not be able to give, here are five gifts every Christian parent can (and should!) give to their children throughout the Christmas season: (more…)
One of the reasons I love the Christmas season is that it is such a great time of year for initiating gospel conversations. Between the special church events and the fact that many people still do want to go to church to celebrate Christmas, this is also the easiest time of year to invite people to church.
Our annual Christmas musical service at Lancaster Baptist is this weekend—Saturday night and Sunday night at 5:00 both evenings. We’ve been inviting our community and are praying for many people to trust Christ through the gospel preaching. (If you live near Lancaster, please join us! And if not, feel free to join us via live stream at lbclive.tv.)
But even in a season like Christmas when it may be easier to invite people to church or begin a gospel conversation, it still doesn’t happen automatically. It usually requires that you and I take the initiative to share Christ. Here are ten ideas to help you take that initiative: (more…)
You’ve heard it (and maybe shared it): “Keep Christ in Christmas.”
It’s a great thought…but do you do it?
December can be such a busy month. Even busy with ministry. But sometimes in all the busyness of the season, we’re as guilty as the innkeeper of not making room for Jesus, even if our reasons are well intentioned.
How can you, throughout the month of December, not only keep your head above water but actually make this month a season of worship? Here are seven suggestions: (more…)
Every year at Lancaster Baptist Church, we give “Christmas gifts to Jesus.” It’s an opportunity for us as a church to tangibly give to the Lord whose birthday we celebrate, and it’s a great way for children to be reminded of the real purpose of Christmas.
But the truth is, regardless of the gifts we present to Jesus at Christmas, Christmas really is all about His great gifts to us.
What are the Christmas gifts given from Jesus? (more…)
The intricacies of God’s timing in how and when Christ came to earth remind us that God does have a sovereign timetable and that it’s not always according to our timetable.
And yet, the passing of a year and beginning of a new year right after Christmas is a reminder to us that we want to do our best to align ourselves with the purposes of God and invest our best energy in fulfilling His will for us in the new year.
In this Growth Points video, I share a few thoughts on how you can use the week between Christmas and New Year’s to seek and prepare yourself to do God’s will.
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