Day 6 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

Christmas guardGuard

Guard your heart from the worldliness of gifting and decorating that might steal away from Christ being your center. Guard against letting the pressures and stresses of the season rob you of love, joy, peace and patience. In the middle of the hustle and bustle (and often selfishness and rudeness accompanied with long lines, busy shoppers, traffic, etc.) ask that the Holy Spirit’s love, joy, peace and patience in your life testify of Christ to those around you.

READ: James 4:4; Romans 8:7-9; Matthew 6:24; Proverbs 4:23

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Day 5 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

Christmas traditionsConsider

Consider your Christmas traditions and how they might reflect Christ even more. Elves, Santa, and sugar plum fairies aren’t necessarily bad; they also aren’t necessarily good, even if they’re fun. By fostering Christ honoring traditions, you are passing on a heritage that is eternal to your family. Your children and grandchildren are wired to learn from you in a special way.

READ:  Deuteronomy 11:19-21; Deuteronomy 4:9-10; Psalm 34:11-14; Psalm 78:5-7, Isaiah 38:19

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Day 4 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

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A life of obedience to Christ is the best witness! Too often Christians have used the name “Christ follower” without letting the reality of that statement into the depths of their daily living. As the saying goes, “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words when necessary.” Our actions do indeed speak more loudly than our words!

READ: 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:18-19; John 13:3435; 1 Timothy 2:3-4

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Day 2 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

Christmas blessing2Be Ready
1 Peter 3:15 tells us to have a ready answer when someone asks us why we hope in Christ. Study, pray, and if God leads, fast for the opportunities God has prepared for you to share Him.

READ: 1 Peter 3:15; Proverbs 22:17-18; Matthew 24:44; 1 Timothy 6:18-19; Titus 3:1-2

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Day 1 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

giving treeLess of Me, More of Others
This Christmas season, we’re going to work toward a more selfless attitude. We spend so much time focused on ourselves that we can miss the people God has put in front of us. More than that, we can miss God himself when we get too caught up in the hustle and bustle.
READ: John 1:9-13; Matthew 5:14-16; Mark 12:30-31; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 3:16-18

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Choose Good and Peace

choose peace

Keep your tongue from evil,
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
    seek peace, and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
    to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
    and rescues them from all their troubles.
 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
    and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34: 13-18

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I Am

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”[b]
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”[c]
So shall it be! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1: 5-8

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The Lord is a Great God, Above all Gods

O come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving.
Let us make a joyful noise with songs of praise for Him!
For the Lord is a great God above all Gods!

In His hand are the depths of the earth,
The heights of the mountains are His,
The sea is His and the dry land also.
For He has formed it and made it.
For the Lord is a great King above all Gods!

He is our God and we are the people of His Pasture!

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Do the Good You Know You Should Do

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James 4: 17

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