Advent is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the birth of Jesus. But especially for families, this time of year can be filled to the brim with activities and obligations. Before the calendar begins to overflow, set aside a few minutes to consider what you want this season to be for your family. Then make a plan so that a time intended to remember and celebrate doesn’t get swallowed up by lesser things. -Village Church
Merry Christmas from LifeWay Kids! Use these devotions, activities, and connection questions to help your family rest in the love, peace, joy, and hope that only Jesus can bring. He’s the reason for this beautiful season. Let’s celebrate!
We have a message of spectacular rescue: the love of God has rescued us from the wrath of God. Christmas is about the Creator of the universe, who is not himself part of the universe, coming himself, in the person of his Son, into the world that he made. And what makes this fact even more remarkable is that even though this created universe is in rebellion against its Maker, he came into this world that he made in order to save those who are in active rebellion against him. One of the clearest statements in all the Bible is 1 Timothy 1:15: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” What I want most for us this Christmas is seeing Christ in all his fullness and together loving what we see with a love far beyond our own half-hearted human capacities — a love made possible by the Holy Spirit. -John Piper