On the Tenth Day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Memories to treasure…
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY… "Time with Dad"
We don’t know much about Joseph. He was a loving stepfather to Jesus. He was a carpenter and helped shape the man we call our savior. You can imagine how many times Jesus was able to work alongside his earthly father as a carpenter.
Do you remember building things with you father?
The Noble Warriors organization dedicated to men’s ministry is committed to helping men create faith-building experiences with their children. One such experience is the opportunity to build a wooden Christmas manger.
If you want to provide an opportunity for men to create a Christmas memory their children and grandchildren will never forget, look into bringing a Manger Build experience to your church.
The Manger Build experience helps drive the true meaning of Christmas into the hearts and minds of children. You’ll assist your children as they assemble a manger to put in front of your Christmas tree every Christmas. You’ll get to guide them by their side, watch them hammer the nails, and celebrate their efforts and success while giving mom a morning off! Here are the comments from three men who participated in our Manger Build Experience at New Hope Lutheran Church in Agoura Hills, CA:
“Tanner and I really enjoyed the experience. It is a terrific project.” Wayne
“Ben had a great time and was very proud to take home a great gift for his mom.” Jim
“Thank you so very much! What a phenomenal opportunity this was. These pictures will last lifetime.” Chad
You don’t have to build a manger to create a memory, but take time to make a memory this Christmas—a memory that locks Christ into their Christmas!
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY… “How Big is God’s Love?”
Jason and Trista married young and started their family right away. Their first child was their entire world. When Mason was born, the love Jason felt fo his son was so much greater than he imagined it would be.
When Trista said she was ready for another baby, he admitted that his fear of not loving his second child as much as he did his first. He felt that there is just so much love in his heart. It was as if he experienced more, his heart might explode.
Trista went into labor on Christmas Eve, and there second son was born. Jason took his newborn baby into his arms and felt a powerful love grow immediately for this child. He told Trista, “It’s like I grew another space in my heart to hold the love I have for this baby. It’s hard to explain, because it wasn’t there before.”
Trista smiled. Jason continued, “It’s hard to put into words. I always wondered how God could love all of His children like the Bible promises he does. Today, this baby of ours born on Christmas Eve helps me understand in a small way just how big His love is for each of us.”
“For God so loves the world that he gave his one and only son….”
—Contributed by Shanna Gregor, This Christmas, God Wants You to Know…, Barbour Publishing, 2014
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...
In a small town I was recently visiting, where accents run thick, there was a Nativity Scene that showed much great skill and talent had gone into its creation. However, one small feature about the scene bothered me. The three wise men were wearing fireman's helmets.
As I was leaving town, I stopped at a gas station to fuel up. With my curiosity getting the best of me, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets.
"Have you never read the Bible!" she asked me.
I assured her that I did, but simply couldn't recall anything about the wise men being associated with firemen in the Bible.
She pulled her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, finally finding her desired passage. Showing it to me, she said, "See, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar.'"
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Take the time to enjoy this stunning performance of Hallelujah (Light Has Come) by Barlow Girl. This Christmas performance praises our Lord in a powerful way!
You can find the archived messages from this year’s series on my website at http://terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml/. More tomorrow...as we prepare for His coming!
Your Host for this Year's Journey....