Tired of people bashing "Christ's-mass"? Well check out the rich meanings behind the symbols of the season.
Christmas. The word "Christmas" comes from the term Cristesmaesse and is another way of saying "festival" or "celebration." Christmas is the celebration of Christ's birth, or the great feast day of Christ's birth. In other words, Christ is the purpose for the party.
Taking their cue from Old Testament Jewish celebrations and festivals, Christians developed their own feast day commemorating the event and called it "The Feast of the Nativity." It was later called "Christ Mass" or "Christ's Mass" and eventually shortened to "Christmas." read more
Practice spiritual disciplines. Read the bible daily, confess and repent of your
sins and pray for the lost. Your relationship with Christ is a priority and the key to effectively discipling others.
Remain conservative in your ethics. Remember that pride can be dangerous. Pride may imply that you are judging others falsely, and is said to be the mother of all sins, because pride resides in each one of us.
Lead by example. "Do as I say, not as I do" is not an effective way to disciple someone. Make sure your life is worthy of emulating.
The current economic situation has affected every area of our lives, including our elaborate Christmas budgets. Find creative, sentimental and inexpensive do-it-yourself gift ideas. Sometimes the best gifts cost only a little time.
Create a recipe booklet with a collection of all your favorite homemade recipes that have been passed down for generations. Click here for instructions.
Make homemade Christmas ornaments that can be used on Christmas trees year after year. Click here to find different designs and instructions on how to make your own ornaments.
Make homemade jam and jelly and put them in decorative jars for a nice gift. Click here for holiday recipes.
Homemade magnets are a great gift idea for a teacher, friend, neighbor or a family member and they are so simple to make. Click here for instructions on how to create your own Christmas magnets.
Bake some homemade cookies and package them in a creative and festive way. Click here for ideas.
Gel candles are very popular and a great gift idea. Click here for instructions so you can make your own.
Make a Christmas gift basket. Click here for ideas for making your own gift baskets on various Christmas themes.
Play dough is a great gift idea for children. You can even make the dough in holiday colors and add Christmas cookie dough cutters for a more festive arrangement. Click here on recipes for play dough and an instructional video.
Gift an ‘Herb Garden'. Grow various herbs like Thyme, Rosemary and Basil in small pots. Place these pots in a long plastic flat-bottomed basket or a clay pot and give it to someone that loves to cook. Click here for instructions on how to plant your herb garden.
Make a homemade Christmas wreath that they can hang on their door or as home décor. Click here for instructions on how to make a traditional Christmas wreath. read more
Is it hard for you to stop your anger from escalating? Here is a list of Scriptures that you can meditate on to help you control your anger.These scriptures were taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm (Psalms 37:8).
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated (Proverbs 14:17).
He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly (Proverbs 14:29).
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1).
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32).
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression (Proverbs 19:11).
Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, Lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul (Proverbs 22:24-25).
But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire (Matthew 5:22).
"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:26-27).
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:31-32).
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:19-20).
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth (Colossians 3:8).
Do not say, "I will recompense evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you (Proverbs 20:22).
A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back (Proverbs 29:11).
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient (2Timothy 2:23-24).
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing (1Peter 3:8-9).
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14).
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD (Leviticus 19:17-18). read more
A nonstop prayer movement is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Britain-based 24-7 Prayer has seen its international prayer rooms spawn a creative arts movement, social justice initiatives and modern-day monasteries known as "boiler rooms." Watch the video below to learn about a boiler room in Ibiza, Spain.
Meditating on the Bible is one way to find God's peace and contentment. Here are helpful verses taken from the New King James Version.
"When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands." -Deuteronomy 24:19
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. -Psalm 56:3 read more
shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under
grace" (Romans 6:14, NKJV).
shouldn't sin have dominion over us? Because we no longer possess a sin
nature, but we have entered God’s empowerment, possessing the nature of
Jesus Himself. We are free from the power of sin!
The Message says, "Sin can't tell you how to live." God's Word, the
truth, declares here that gossip, slander and lying no longer have
dominion over you. Adultery, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality,
pornography or any other impurity no longer dominates you. Hatred,
bitterness, unforgiveness, prejudice and envy no longer control you.
Uncontrolled anger, rage and outbursts of wrath have lost their
authority in your life. Stealing, substance abuse and alcohol addiction
are no longer a master over you. Disobedience to authority, stubbornness
and insubordination have lost their dominion over you. And the list
continues. read more
Below are some examples of how some well-known Christians use their testimony to talk about Christ.
"I give God all the credit for my existence, for everything that I've
ever become. This thing called grace and mercy, that my mother used to
talk about all the time, is all I got." -Steve Harvey, comedian,
"I think that because inside of every one of us we have something tugging at us, telling us to believe in something, to have faith in something bigger than ourselves. [Jesus Christ through His Word] is actually the answer that people are looking for. They just don't know it." - Denzel Washington, actor
"The Gospels are for everybody from the smallest child to the wisest sage and I fall somewhere in the middle." --Mel Gibson, actor
"I came to faith as a young boy at 12 years old. It was a Sunday school teacher that lead me to the Lord. As a senior in high school, I recommitted my life. I was actually going to grow up and be a pastor, but then I got a job making movies and videos. And that's where the Lord's led me."--Ralph Winter, producer
There are 5 strategic keys that will help propel
you into your future and the destiny God has for you this year. Ask Him
for specific insight and direction for you and your life, and allow Him
to manifest in these areas throughout 2010.
1. God is
sounding a wake-up call.
God is sounding a wake-up call
to the body of Christ! There has been a lull and a spirit of slumber
that has spread over much of the body in the last couple of years. We
have become satisfied with "church as usual." Unfortunately, many people
have settled into a place of comfort and complacency—but God is shaking
and waking this sleeping giant once again! read more