Category: Seasonal

One Word For Kids: New Year, New Growth Goal

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I’ve never been much of a resolutions person. The few times I tried to start the year with specific promises to myself, I came up short by Valentine’s Day. In the past few years, though, I’ve found great success in goal-setting each month in small doses and choosing one word as a theme or banner… Read more

Christmas Conversation Starters for Families

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‘Tis the season to relax and connect by the fire as a family. Don’t have a fireplace? No worries! Watch Minno Mantle to set the mood in your home as you bake cookies, wrap gifts, or enjoy some hot cocoa by the “fire”. And while you’re relaxing together, use these Christmas conversation starters to share… Read more

What Does the Bible Say About Christmas?

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What does the Bible say about Christmas? Well, quite a lot. In fact, since Christmas is the story of God sending His son Jesus to earth as a baby, most of the Bible points to and sets the stage for Christmas. My favorite device in the Bible for telling the Christmas story is a really… Read more

The Christmas Story for Kids: Luke 2:10-14

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This past Sunday of Advent, we sat together with only the faint glow of the Christmas tree lighting the room. It was time to do our weekly reading and candle-lighting. As I began to share the HOPE of Advent that came long ago with Old Testament prophesies, I wondered how much my children (ages 12… Read more

Who and Where is Emmanuel in the Bible?

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Who is Emmanuel in the Bible? We hear a lot about “Emmanuel” at Christmas, but who is Emmanuel? The word Emmanuel appears 4 times in the Bible—three times in Isaiah and once in Matthew. Emmanuel means “God with us” and is a name for Jesus. The Meaning of the Word, “Emmanuel” The word “Emmanuel” comes… Read more

Five Scriptures About Christmas Children Should Know

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We’ve all watched him. The one with the blanket-clad head as he stands up and recites the verses from Luke. Every year on TV, Linus from the Peanuts Gang, quotes the Christmas scripture that so many recognize. Would you be able to quote as he does? Would your children? Are you as convicted as I… Read more

The Stories Behind Popular Christmas Carols

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Can you imagine a world without Christmas? What about Christmas without carols? At one time in America, that’s exactly what happened. In the 1600s, some influential Christians didn’t like how “commercial” Christmas had become, so the colony in Massachusetts banned celebrating the holiday, and that ban lasted for over twenty years. [1] It’s hard to… Read more

It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate Advent

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It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate Advent . . . We’ve all been the tired Christmas mama before—the one who braved the malls (maybe stayed up way too late on Amazon), decked the halls, and planned ALL the holiday meals. Today, on this week-after-the-Sunday-of-Advent, we want to encourage the mom who feels like she’s already… Read more

A Fresh Perspective on Advent

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Think about five words for a moment: Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. Surrender. “Well, Erick,” you might say, “Aren’t we all experts at surrender right now? It is 2020 after all.” True. We have all surrendered a lot this year. Sometimes, we welcome the opportunity for a change of pace. But most likely, you have dug… Read more