Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve!
Today we present the most profound Christmas Story ever! It’s the REAL one in the Bible. Enjoy as our Intentional Living Team reads through the prophecy and account of the Birth of our Savior, Jesus, the Prince of Peace! Dr. Randy also brings you some stories from listeners who talk about how they keep Christ in Christmas and he shares his intentional thoughts on Christmas!
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Christmas in the Bible
Luke 2:1-18 (NIV)
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love, I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love, I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.
From the Intentional Living Center Blog
No doubt you’ve already heard songs like “Joy to the World,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
But if you have strained relationships in your life, this Christmas will be anything but joyful or merry.
Since we live our lives in the context of relationships, we must ensure that we have healthy relationships with our family members, friends, and those with whom we spend our time.
Here are three practical things you can do to be intentional with your relationships during the Christmas season.
Christmas season brings blessings and gifts. It’s a special time to reflect on Jesus, his birth, and what he has meant to the world. His words resonate even more deeply during Christmas.
Unfortunately, the reason for the season gets lost in commercialization.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and endless holiday shopping are fun, but they blur the story of Jesus’ birth.
How can you intentionally keep Christ in Christmas in your life?