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December 16, 2013, 10:08 AM

Unpacking Christmas With Your Kids

Christmas is right around the corner and a lot is going on in our homes, churches, and, school.  As we enter this season, our prayer is that our hearts be filled with awe at what God did in the Incarnation--God taking on human likeness so we could REALLY behold Him and see Him for who He is and what He wants to do in our lives.  We are not forgotten.  He REALLY came.  He REALLY cares.  He REALLY is for us.  He moved into our neighborhood and that changes everything!

“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (John 1:14, MSG)

This Christmas let’s not take for granted what God did for us.  I encourage you to take the next few weeks to look at some passages in Scripture surrounding Jesus' birth in Matthew 1-3 and Luke 1-2 with your family and discuss what the biblical characters must have thought and felt (Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, Elizabeth & Zachariah to name a few).  Ask your kids to imagine being in their shoes--how would they respond to an angel showing up? Why was Jesus born?  What type of people did God choose to reveal Himself to & use to bring about our salvation?  What did Mary and Joseph risk in saying yes to God?  What were the different responses people had to His birth--shepherds, angels, wisemen, Herod, Anna & Simeon?

Last, consider identifying 3 people that your family can pray for the next several weeks to experience the love of Christ.  Consider inviting them to Church.  Christmas and Easter are the two highest attended weeks in Church and people are most open to coming if invited.  A relationship with Christ…now that's a gift that keeps on giving.

Shaping hearts and minds,

Dr. Chris

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