KEEPING CHRIST IN
hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be challenging
and even exhausting if we lose sight of what we're
celebrating. The birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
was meant to bring peace joy and freedom to our souls, not
labor and frustration.
people enjoy participating in Christmas traditions and there
are so many of them ... and so many details of each one.
They can make Christmas time seem like a job instead of a
what can you do to make the Holy time of Christmas a more
meaningful and joyous time for yourself and your loved ones?
It's easy really. Keep Christ in Christmas! Don't forget the
occasion that you are celebrating, and include reminders in
any way you can. Here are some suggestions.
THE STORY OF JESUS
Refresh your memory. Read the story of Baby Jesus. You can
find it in
The Book of Matthew, Chapter 1 and 2, and you can also
find it in
The Book of Luke, Chapter 1 and 2. You may want to make
it a tradition to read this aloud, say, after Thanksgiving
dinner to start the Christmas season off right. This is
especially important if you have young children. It's so
easy in today's world for small children to be led away from
the true meaning of Christmas.
Make yourself a
nice Christmas music mix of your favorite Noels. Why not
make a few? One could be for home, another for your car, one
for your other favorite listening device and one or more for
loved ones. Christmas music is definitely a good way to keep
Christ in Christmas by reminding you of what you're
celebrating. Take advantage of our Christmas music
selections on our
C-O-O-L CD Player.
There are many
churches that display a nativity scene during the Christmas
Holidays. Why not stop and pray a while at a nativity during
Christmas time? If you have children, don't miss the
opportunity to take them to a nativity scene so they can see
a visual display of the story of Jesus' birth. Make sure to
explain how important it is to thank God for sending His Son
the Baby Jesus our Savior, so that we can have eternal life.
What a gift our Father has given us! How many people take
their children to see Santa Clause, but neglect to take them
to see Baby Jesus lying in a manger?
Speaking of gifts, why
do we give gifts to each other at Christmas time? The Magi
gave gifts to Jesus.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the
young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped
him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented
unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
Maybe we can look at
it this way; since we can't give Jesus Himself tangible
gifts today, we still know that we are the body of Christ so
we are in a sense, giving gifts to Jesus when we give gifts
to each other. Be sure that your gifts reflect that
sentiment. If you think that your gift to someone would in
any way be used in an un-Christian-like manner, please
reconsider your selection for two reasons. For your own sake
because you don't want to be responsible and for the
receiver's sake because you don't want their soul to be led
Do you send Christmas
cards? Take advantage of this opportunity to remind yourself
and those on your Christmas card list of the birth of Jesus.
Instead of a winter scene or a reindeer or any other design
that has absolutely nothing to do with the birthday
celebration of Jesus Christ, you can choose cards that keep
Christ in Christmas. Even your verbal greetings can remind
folks why we are all really celebrating this very Holy Day.
Yet another way of
keeping Christ in Christmas is by choosing decorations that
remind you and others of the birth of Christ. The North
Star, angels, nativity scenes, the Magi ... These are all
decorations that show you keep Christ in Christmas. That is
not to say that you shouldn't put up a Christmas tree or
Christmas lights or a Christmas wreath, etc. Remember, God
knows what is in your heart and WHY you do things, and THAT
is what matters.
It's possible, even
probable, that December 25th was not the actual day that
Jesus was born. And there are also people that say that
December 25th is a pagan celebration in honor of some evil
person or event from long ago. My friend, on any given day
of the year, let's say your own birthday, something bad
happened sometime, somewhere, caused by somebody. That
doesn't mean YOU are bad because you were born on that day
and that's when you celebrate your birthday. We know what we
are celebrating in our hearts on Christmas Day and THAT is
what is important.
There are so many
things you can do that will help you to keep Christ in
Christmas, and those things will remind others to do the
same. Replace your rear view mirror decoration with a cross
or something else that inspires a thought of Christ's birth.
Hang a cross on your front door, write NOEL on your
Christmas cookies, go Christmas caroling, adopt a poor
family for Christmas and bring them Christmas dinner and
gifts that they cannot afford, donate your time to a
Christian cause, the possibilities are endless.
GLORY TO GOD IN THE
Our purpose in life is
to glorify God our Father, our creator. What better way than
to glorify His Son.
For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and
have believed that I came out from God.
He that hath my
commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him,
and will manifest myself to him.
In these modern times, the enemy of our souls has many means by
which to distract us from our purpose - our cause. Be alert. Keep
your focus on your goals. If you find yourself frustrated, tired,
distracted, worried and just plain not in the Christmas spirit, take
the time to spend a few moments here and there in prayer and ask
God, through His precious Son Jesus' name, to remove anything
that is preventing you from keeping Christ in Christmas. Ask Him to
bring the peace and joy of the celebration of Christmas into your
heart and to use you to bring that same wonderful gift to everyone
On behalf of Christianity Oasis On Line, May the
Peace, Love and Joy of Christmas be with you and your loved ones
this Holy season.
For unto you is born this day in the city of
David a Saviour, which is Christ
During this busy holiday season, make time to share your thoughts
and time with Jesus.
WHAT IS CHRISTMAS?
What is Christmas let me see
Candy canes upon the tree
Packages that have a bow
Stockings hanging in a row
Cherry pie with perfect crust
'till you think you'll
Helping spot a place to park
Shopping until way past dark
Pretty wreaths on every door
Crumpled wrapping on the floor
Fruitcake Grandma sent for all
make a great football
What is missing can you tell
one thing that rings a bell
What is Christmas from the start
putting Jesus in your heart
hope that you do not forget
not about the gifts you get
not the egg nog for your thirst
Or if your sister wakes up first
It's not if you've been bad or good
Or stacking up the firewood
It's not the Christmas TV shows
Or reindeer with a plastic nose
It's so much more than all those things
It's Baby Jesus King of Kings
And how the little Babe was born
That Oh so lovely Christmas morn
share the story with someone
'Cause Christmas can be so much fun
When Jesus is the kind of cheer
That gets inside and stays all year
In honor of
Jesus' Birthday, we'd like to share with you our studies that focus
particularly on Jesus so that you can grow closer to Him and enrich
your life by knowing Him better.
the Story of Jesus
Bloodline of Jesus
Word of God
A Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ
Son of God
of Christ Communion
Bread of Life
The Blood of
Feed My Sheep
Marriage Supper of the Lamb
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worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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