The Essence of Christmas is Forgiveness

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, let’s not focus on the birth of a child, but rather the job that Child was sent to do.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not … Read More

5 Ways to Love “Difficult People” at Christmas

The holidays often bring us together with family and friends in social settings that can be unpredictable and emotionally charged. Approaching these times of coming together can be filled with exciting anticipation, or anxious trepidation depending on the particular relationships. Think of the three most difficult people for you to love that you will see this holiday season. What would … Read More

Setting the Tone in Your Home

This time of year we focus so much time on creating a holiday atmosphere in our homes. We may decorate with Christmas lights and put up a tree. We set out the nativity scene to remember what the true meaning of the season is all about. God wants us to set a positive atmosphere in our home not only at … Read More

Something to Sing About!

Most people spend their lives searching for happiness. The dictionary defines happiness as “a pleasure or satisfaction based on happenings.” But I submit to you there is something even better—joy. Joy is defined as “a feeling or condition of high pleasure or delight.” Happiness is a temporary feeling based on events that happen, whereas joy is a feeling or condition. … Read More

How to Experience More Joy with Your Spouse This CHRISTmas Season

Our pastor recently shared in his Sunday message that “Joy is the byproduct of believing the Gospel, living the Gospel, sharing the Gospel and helping others to experience the Gospel.” Do you and your spouse want to experience more holiday joy this season? Work together to find extra ways to live out the Gospel. While others are anxious or frustrated … Read More