For many of us, Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year”. That’s not true for everyone. There are some of us that will experience significant pain this Christmas. So… how do you cope? What do you do? During this episode of The Next Steps, Kevin will talk through the problem of pain and the answer that the message of Christmas gives us!
If you know me, you know I love Christmas. I love the smells and experiences. I love the times with friends and family. I really, really look forward to cookies at Christmas, but I have to admit that I love Christmas movies, too. The movies of the season set the stage for the Christmas.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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 get confused during this time of year, and maybe just in general, about what we really need. It’s so easy to substitute our wants for needs, and it’s rather easy to let those around us do the same. I’m sure many parents are hearing from their children about their wants right about now. Most of the time I’m convinced that what we really need, we already have. Most of us, especially us in America, are not found wanting much.
So, friends, what do we really need?