A powerful Christmas scene

++Update: YouTube has blocked the video I used in this post due to copyright restrictions. Now, you’ll have to watch the episode!++ Tonight, our church hosted a Service of the Longest Night.  I’ve repeatedly said that I anticipate this service more than the other Christmas time services.  Yes, even candlelight worship.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love candlelight and sharing in Communion as we praise God for the gift of Jesus.  From time to time…..

Cowboys for a night

Our youth group hosts a taco breakfast every Sunday morning in order to raise money for summer camp.  They attend camp in Sacramento, NM. It had been a while that I noticed a slump in attendance at the breakfast.  Consequently, the amount of money they raised every week decreased, too.  After they would work all morning, they would come to Sunday School and I would ask them how much they made.  Disappointed, they would tell me…..

The Sweetest Gift

Wow!

Its’ a simple song, but carries a deep sense of grief wrapped in the hope of God.  I hope you’ll listen, and, if your heart is burdened by the loss of a loved one, that you would be encouraged today.

Christmas is about hope, peace and love.  And it all came to us in Christ.  So, may our Lord bring to you those gifts.

Stay blessed…john

Rethinking Christmas

Growing up, Christmas was my favorite holiday. Yes, that made me like every other kid.  And I should confess: It was the gifts. Now, to be sure, there were other things that made Christmas-time nice: houses covered with lights; school parties; Dickens on the Strand; and Christmas vacation. If one of those were to be left out I would feel like I was missing something, that Christmas was a bit incomplete. There are activities today…..

Tie a tie

The professionalization of ministry will blind you to the fact that what happens in this video is part of the real, every day life ministry scripture describes.  It’s about taking time to care for someone else, even if that means something as small and quick as tying someone’s tie for them.

Question: Outside of church activities and events, what does your faith in Christ compel you to do for other people?  I can’t wait to hear the ways you put your faith into action.

Stay blessed…john