Christmas is a story of God using small gifts as He writes His BIG story. Most of us assume that God wants BIG gifts, but as I read through the scripture I see God taking small gifts and doing GREAT things through them. God uses small gifts; the smallness of the gift reflects how BIG God is.
The story of Christmas is a story of a BIG God using small acts of obedience to make a huge impact in the story of redemption He is writing in our world.. With Christmas we see that God is writing His story, and He invites us in to play a role. When we respond with small, simple obedience, God blesses the small and increases it.
The story of Christmas is a story of a big God using people who came from small places. Small places aren’t where we always think of God coming from, but as you reencounter the story of Christmas, you see God coming to and through the small. The greatness of God is made evident through smallness, but the person and place don’t receive the glory.
Christmas is a story of God doing big things through small people. I think there are lots of people who think God only uses big folks: those with big personalities, with big gifts, and big pocketbooks. As I read scripture I see a different pattern emerging: that God uses small people who trust in a big God. God uses small people because their smallness demonstrates His power.
If you don’t know this already: worship is more than singing. Worship ultimately is a lifestyle of response to a great and loving God. If you ever make the mistake to limit it to singing or music, you’ve missed the true pleasure of what worship is.
But, worship is singing; it’s part of it. If you have a problem with that, you have a problem with worship.
It always amazes me how ideas spread among Christians. I am blown away with how easily ideas spread, how quickly people believe them, and how ready preachers are to share ideas & facts they’ve only heard.
If you’ve been Christmas shopping already, then you know what I’m talking about: crowds. There’s nothing pretty about the crowds at Christmas. People get viscous trying to get the stuff they want. In the midst of this materialistic dream, don’t you think its time we stop to think about what we need? I think we…
I wonder if missing someone points to something deeper?
Christmas music pretty much defines our celebrations, doesn’t it? It’s not a Christmas party until our favorites are popping in the background. Holiday memories seem to be defined by the sights and sounds of Christmas. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Christmas albums. Here you go:
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is to spend time with friends that I don’t get to see everyday. It’s pretty much routine …
So, the question posed to me was this: what do WE celebrate during Christmas in our culture? Some thoughts …
I thought I’d take a moment and publicly be thankful for some of the gifts that are present in my life right now that I don’t really deserve: (continue reading)