This Christmas, remember you are learning how to open God’s gifts to us. And because He really knows how to shop for us, when we get the wrapping paper off, we are always surprised. (Wilson, God Rest Ye Merry, 21)
Free ebook of readings for Advent
John Piper has a new ebook, Good News of great Joy, available over here which is full of devotional readings to take you through advent.
Over the next few weeks there will be all kinds of preparations being made for Christmas, but what about preparing our hearts to celebrate God’s Son taking on flesh and becoming a man.
I’m sure making use of the Bible readings along with Piper’s comments would be a great way of spending some time each day over the next month.
The book is available in various formats and it’s free. What’s not to like?
Making the most of Christmas
It’s easy to become sceptical of the build up to Christmas within our secular society. We know stores carry Christmas stock in September in order to make as much money as possible. But as Christians we need to be sure we’re planning far enough ahead if we want out own celebrations to be as Christ-centred as they should be. With that in mind, here are two lists from The Good Book Company to help.
8 ways to make the least of Christmas
1. Be more excited about presents than Jesus.
2. Leave the Carol and Christmas morning services straight away.
3. Leave it too late to invite someone to an event.
4. Make Christmas dinner the most important element in the day.
5. Send a Christian book to someone you didn’t make time to speak to throughout 2012.
6. Keep your family happy at all costs.
7. Don’t risk asking someone who comes to an event what they made of the message.
8. Don’t bother to make sure your church has some free evangelistic resources ready to give away
3 ways to make the most of Christmas
1. It’s Good News…
- Make Jesus part of Christmas conversations.
- Read, tell, and remember the Christmas story.
- Invite others to hear the Good News.
2. It’s for All people… invite, meet, gather …
3. It’s great joy! – Rejoice
Some helpful comments here from Mark Driscoll to help dads get through Christmas. Make a difference and be a blessing dads.