Unfamiliar or Misunderstood Words of Christmas

Christmas is a special time of the year. We often make time to visit family, give gifts, decorate, and celebrate. As the years go by and history passes there are certain traditions or meanings associated with Christmas that can become lost. Maybe you’ve read the Christmas story or sang carols and wondered what was meant by a certain word or phrase. Here is a short … Continue reading Unfamiliar or Misunderstood Words of Christmas

25 Days of Christmas Advent Catechism Calendar

I was looking for a catechism for my daughters this Christmas that took Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus and compared them to a New Testament fulfillment.  I couldn’t find anything, so Sarah and I whipped up something to help our girls understand and remember the reason for Christmas the 25 days leading up to Christmas. If you are interested in seeing it or using it, … Continue reading 25 Days of Christmas Advent Catechism Calendar

born to forgive

Sunday at church I heard a great message about forgiveness from a familiar passage (Luke 7:36-50).  However, I fall in the trap of hearing a lot about forgiveness, but practicing it superficially. Jesus was born to forgive.  His life teaches us three things about about forgiveness: 1)  It takes compassion , 2) It is costly, 3) It involves continuity. One of the most celebrated encounters … Continue reading born to forgive

the gift that keeps on giving

These are some beautiful reflections by my wife Sarah on Christmas. I can only imagine that both Mary and Joseph were exhausted. For the last 5-9 months as people learned of her pregnancy, Mary had lost friends.  Even her family frowned.  “Really?  You didn’t do anything wrong but you’re pregnant?  An angel you say?  Ok Mary, well, let’s not talk about it.” If you’ve never … Continue reading the gift that keeps on giving

waiting (a story of a boy and Christmas)

A real-life story of a boy and Christmas from Ben Houchen, a shepherd and my best bud since middle school. Waiting. Nikki took Cynnan to the Surgeon today and had the pre-op consultation. Everything went well with that and the Doc said he would have time to do the surgery tomorrow. This got us excited, but as the day wore on and we got no … Continue reading waiting (a story of a boy and Christmas)

let there be light

This message is used by permission from my good friend Brian. Brian is a former physicians assistant and shepherd. Now Brian is serving the gospel to the least reached. He is living the Words he wants you to hear. Be a light in darkness this Christmas… 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to … Continue reading let there be light