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First Day of Advent! A Heavenly Herald

First Day of Advent! A Heavenly Herald

Today is the first day of Advent — the season of waiting, anticipating, preparing, and rejoicing for the coming celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Meditate today on the history-shattering even of the birth of Christ. Start this Advent season with song! What are you doing today to mark the beginning of

Pause: Taking Notice this Holiday Season, Doing Less and Treasuring Christ More

This Christmas season we’re trying to spend less, ask for less, want less, wish less, and get less. – Ruth Schwenk “I need to get going on my wish list!” In the busyness of recently moving, we’ve lost track of time. It seems like we were just wrapping up summer, packing our house, and finding

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FREE Christmas Bible Verses Advent Calendar Printable

One of my favorite holiday traditions is counting down to Christmas with an Advent calendar. My family has tried a lot of different Advent calendars over the years – Lego ones, chocolate ones, and ornament ones – but for the second year in a row I’m excited to use the FREE Christmas Bible Verses advent calendar

Not Quite Christmas Day

The excitement is high as we near Christmas. Nobody tries to pretend that it’s just another day. On December 25 each person gets ten minutes on the satellite phone with the cabin door shut as she talks to loved ones back home for the first time since we left nearly three weeks ago. Christmas Day also offers a great

Joy to the World!

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” – Luke 2:10 I love Christmas. I love the anticipation on my girls’ faces and in their hearts. I love the mess (did I say that?), the extended family time, and the planning that goes

5 Ideas for Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday

Last year when I was traveling back home after being on an overseas mission trip, a colleague announced, “Can you believe Christmas is just a week away?” Without thinking, I quickly retorted, “Really?!” The entire group around me immediately chuckled, and my new friend couldn’t help but reply, “Yup, it happens every December 25…” We all

Top 10 Tommy Nelson Christmas Gifts

This Christmas, our family is giving gifts a little differently than we have in years past. Instead of allowing our kids to circle catalog after catalog or even fill out a massive Christmas list, we sat down and got a little more intentional with them. We didn’t want Christmas to be ALL about the gifts.

The Spirit of Christmas: Why Do We Buy Presents?

  I was reading the book The Legend of St. Nicholas to my children the other day and it really got me thinking about the purpose of buying Christmas presents. I have to admit that I sort of hate the Christmas shopping season. People get so ugly while they are buying presents. Black Friday kicks

The Spirit of Christmas

Now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In

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