Tag Archives: Christmas

5 Tips When Starting Spiritual Conversations Around Christmas

spiritual conversations

Christmas is a busy time of year. It’s also a perfect time to strike up spiritual conversations with people you come in contact with. How do you start? What can you say to open the door to meaningful engagement?

She sat next to me on the flight. Most of the time she had her headphones on or was watching movies. I wanted to start a conversation, but needed to watch for the appropriate time. Just before the flight landed, I got my chance. Beginning, I asked some basic questions. “Where are you going? Are you visiting family?” I also shared the same about myself. read more

25 Day Advent Challenge

advent challenge

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I love the lights, music, and joy in the air. The delicious food is great too! What I love the most though, is how easy it is to start conversations about Jesus in the month of December. As advent begins, my heart longs to draw closer to Jesus. I’ll be setting aside some special time for greater intimacy with Him.

I also really want to bless Him this year. Already, I’ve made my Christmas shopping list and am thinking about what to buy for my hubby and kids. But what about Jesus? What is the best gift I could give to my Lord? It’s His birthday after all! read more

A Christmas Prayer for Disciple-Makers

Instead of a blog this week, my gift to you is a Christmas prayer.


The wonder of Christmas through the eyes of a child.

May your heart be filled with wonder, infused with a surprising level of joy this week.

May you once again marvel as you contemplate the incredible miracle of the Christ-child’s birth.

May it be the most natural thing in the world to share the story of Jesus with those around you who have never heard.

May you know the blessing of not only knowing Him better but of making Him known to many others this year.

May you grow as a disciple who makes disciples, sensing the pleasure of your Master saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” read more

What Does the Great Commission Have to Do With Christmas?

Great Commission and Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve. We gather around the tree. Dad opens his Bible to read the Christmas story. Squirming and anxious to open our gifts, we listen, wanting him to finish so we can open presents. These are my childhood Christmas memories. They always include the reading of the story of Jesus’ birth. It was a vital part of our tradition. Does the Great Commission fit with the Christmas story?

Maybe we can set it aside for awhile as we focus on the birth of Jesus, the wise men, angels, Mary and Joseph. Or maybe not. Could it be that the Great Commission is actually a vital part of the Christmas story? read more

What Are Your Greatest Christmas Priorities?

Christmas priorities

This is a busy time of year! What Christmas priorities will you set during this festive season?

I love December. It’s festive and full of parties, food, traditions, and fun. I enjoy making special cookies, buying gifts for those I love and all that the holidays bring. Over the last few years though, I’ve been examining my priorities during December. What is really most important?

The season is all about Jesus. It’s His birthday after all! So I decided to ask myself, “What would Jesus most like to get as a birthday gift from me?”

The answer was immediate. He would love to see lost people come home, for His lost sheep to be found.

Create A Party In Heaven!

Without question, I know unreached people meeting Jesus is what would create an incredible Christmas party in Heaven. After all, that is what the parables in Luke 15 tell us right?

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7 NIV read more

Christmas Eve Reflections

Merry Christmas! I hope you are reading this blog with a happy heart as you celebrate the miraculous arrival of our Lord!  What incredible good news we have to share with the world!

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Sometimes this message seems so incredible it is almost scary.  The shepherds definitely felt afraid when they first heard of Jesus’ birth through the angels.  It was so incredible, so supernatural, so beyond them.

Luke 2:9 “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” read more

Glory, Peace & Favor- Advent Thoughts 2

This time of year can be a bit stressful. We have so much to do, we sometimes miss the glory of what God is doing. We look right past it.  We see but don’t see.

For me, the end of the year is a time when I look back on the past year.  This past week I’ve been busy writing end of year reports, comparing data, making sure everything is properly accounted for.  This season can also be a busy time with parties, events, gifts to buy, sermons/messages to prepare, family visiting, guests coming by, etc.

In the midst of these details, added tasks and the stress comes with them, it is so easy to lose our sense of awe and meaning. It’s easy to feel anxious, bothered, frustrated. It’s easy to forget about the angels. It’s easy to forget to notice the “glory” around us, or to give God “glory.”

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His glory is what it is all about!

The angel’s declared “Glory to God in the Highest.”  He must receive glory!  Pause a minute…okay, even half a minute…and give Him glory today.  Quiet your heart and notice His Presence.  Let His peace enter your earthbound heart.  It’s why Jesus came.

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Take one more minute.  Thank Him for His favor in your life.  Ask Him to let His favor rest on you and all those you influence; on those you train, mentor, disciple, and pray for.

Join me in this prayer today.

Increase your Glory Lord!  Fill us, and those who don’t yet know you, with the peace that only You can give.  Let them “see” your glory in my life. Let your favor continue to increasingly rest upon us.  This Christmas, fill the nations…every nation, tribe, and tongue, with Your Glory Lord… on Earth as it is Heaven.