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Keeping the ‘Holy’ in Our Holiday Season

In America, Christmas tends to be more about family, gifts, traditions and food than anything else— oftentimes with many individuals briefly acknowledging the birth of Christ in a Christmas service.

20 Christmas Eve Bible Verses for a Joy-Filled Evening

Reflect on the glory of the Savior's birth with this collection of Christmas Bible verses perfect for reading on Christmas Eve or morning! These Bible verses highlight the events and importance of Christ's nativity story, coming into the world as God and man to save us from death and sin.Jesus Christ brought joy to the world as an infant to Mother Mary, so let us rejoice in praising the Lord! These Christmas Scripture quotes will help you to fully appreciate and celebrate the holiday this year. Also, use these Christmas prayers to seek God's mercy and grace for you and your loved ones."May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." ~ Romans 15:13May these Christmas Eve Bible Verses fill your heart and home with love and joy!Photo credit: ©Getty/maximkabb

How Can I Make Christmas More Meaningful?

Dear Roger,Economists tell us that we are on the verge of a recession. Some say that it’s 50-50 that we will or won’t have one. I’ve noticed that many families who were cutting their expenses last year are in a quandary about how much to spend on Christmas gifts.For some Americans, this downturn really hurts. Families that cut a little last year are cutting a lot more this year.One of my friends said to me, “We had a pretty good Christmas last year, but we’re not having Christmas this year. We are not even having gifts for our kids.”Can you give us some ways we can make Christmas different this year?Sincerely, JonathanDear Jonathan,Simply by implementing the following two Proverbs, many of us can make Christmas more meaningful than ever before.We tend to spend most all of our Christmas giving on ourselves, our friends, and our family. How much different would it be if we looked down the economic ladder and were intentionally generous to help folks that we tend to overlook?"One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty."Proverbs 11:24 NIV"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."Proverbs 11:25 NIVWe must learn to climb now down the ladder of socio-economic status.Photo Credit:©GettyImages/maximkabb

How to Stay Positive When You're Spending the Holidays Alone

“I love the Lord, because He hears my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore, I shall call upon Him as long as I live.” (Psalm 116:1-2 NAS)The Holidays can be a difficult and poignant time as the seasons of life change due to loss of loved ones, children and grandchildren being unable to make it home for the holidays, lack of money to buy gifts, or harvesting seeds we’ve planted the past year.I understand and have wasted too many holidays wallpapering my mind with the if-only moments. Mother always quoted, when any of us began that bottomless trek through the quagmire of if-only with one of her favorite retorts. “If wishes were fishes, we’d all have a fry.”But we don’t need stale, unhelpful, sayings. We need help. Real and lasting help from the Helper of our souls.
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5 Ways to Serve Your Community and Share the Gospel at Christmas

Christmas, for many, is a fun time of the year, and if you believe Andy Williams, it is the most wonderful time of the year. However, it is not that way for everyone. For those who have lost loved ones, those who may be single or lonely, or those who cannot afford to provide gifts for their children, Christmas can be a miserable time of the year.

5 Easy Recipes to Try This Christmas

Eating a meal together often brings a sense of joy and contentment to our physical bodies, along with drawing people together emotionally and spiritually. Good food helps to build bridges and cultivate connection between us.

Why Are Family Traditions Important?

Christmas traditions hold the family together. Family gatherings provide fellowship and the opportunity to enjoy traditions, events, and practices that only your family understands and holds special.

5 Reasons God Allows Us to Be Lonely

We don’t need to be alone to feel lonely. Sometimes a crowd intensifies our sense of isolation. That’s probably one reason why so many experience dejection, and even depression, during holidays. Loneliness targets us all from time to time as a natural part of the ebb and flow of life. God allows and uses such times of trial.

7 Truly Unexpected Groups You Can Bless This Christmas

Have you ever been blessed by someone unexpectedly? I’ve had anonymous gifts arrive in the mail, spontaneous baking from neighbors, an email from someone encouraging me regarding my writing, and probably far more mercies on a daily basis than I’ll ever realize. The impact of someone deliberately taking time out of their lives to reach out and bless in words and actions stays with you.As I have sat to write this article, I feel a tinge of embarrassment and regret at how little I feel I have emulated this. I hope that I have been a blessing to others. I just don’t think I often go out of my way intentionally to do it as much as I would like to. I admire those who have a gift in giving. They naturally desire to bless through monetary support, lovingly putting a care package together, or something else that is sure to brighten up someone’s day. I want to be more like that.There are many ways to bless others. Maybe, like me, you long to be a blessing to someone, but you need ideas or prompting on what this could look like. Here are seven unexpected groups that you can start blessing this holiday season:Photo credit: Pexels/Jill Wellington

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