The Greatness of the Greatest Gift

christmas tree in woodsThere are some things you just have to experience to be able to comprehend how majestically wonderful they are. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon is one of them, or looking down from the top of Yosemite Falls. These are both experiences that take your breath away. Some things are difficult to explain, like the simple pleasures of sitting in a tree stand all day, or sitting quietly on a porch on a rainy day. Along those lines, there’s one story, only a legend really, on the origin of the Christmas tree. They say it had to do with Martin Luther, who was known to frequently walk through the woods to find quite time in prayer and contemplation.… Continue reading

A Christmas Playlist

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This evening concluded five glorious Christmas Concerts at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. These concerts were presented as a Christmas Card to the community, and the gift goes on. In fact, every 2 hours from Monday, December 23, thru Wednesday, December 25 they will be rebroadcast right here.

I was hoping to write regarding Isaiah 9 today, but I’m going to hold off until the New Year because I want to set you up with a playlist the whole family can enjoy and focus on the birth of the Saviour. For some of these songs I’ve added my own commentary or memories, and I’d love if you would add any songs that are special to you in the comments.… Continue reading

The Story of the Real St. Nick

Christmas-decorations-Since childhood, I have always had a deep affection for Christmas and for the holiday season. I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that much of that had to do with the excitement from all the lights, decorations, the scent of a fir tree in our home, and of course, the presents to be opened under the Christmas tree! Still, from as far back as I can remember, one of my favorite parts of the holiday was the Christmas Eve candlelight service at our church. It was like a “pause” button during the holiday extravaganza – a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas… in fact, the ONLY reason for Christmas!… Continue reading

Christmas Lessons from Charlie Brown

charlie1Today is December 2nd. December is one of my favorite months. In the month of December our family celebrates three birthdays, one wedding anniversary, and two deaths. It’s a time that we as a family celebrate and experience Psalm 133. It’s a time that is marked by traditions. Growing up and to this day, one of my favorite parts of December is “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (and I love the soundtrack!).

There are three lessons we need to take away this Christmas season from this short film.

 

1. Enjoy the Traditions but Avoid Commercialism

In “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown is searching for the true meaning of Christmas:

Lucy: You need involvement.

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