I ran across a blog written by Greg Laurie about how Christmas begins and ends with a tree. It was a very moving message about how CHRISTmas began with Jesus’ family tree and ended with his death on a tree a series of events that changed my life and has the power to change yours. I hope you will give this a read and pass it along ~Michelle
It’s interesting to note that the Christmas story does not begin with the words “once upon a time” as so many fairytales do. It starts with a series of “begots”—so-and-so begot so-and-so. That is because the Christmas story is a factual, historical event. It still has all the pathos and magic and pageantry of the best fairytales, yet this is a real story. All other stories we’ve heard are, at best, pale imitations of the greatest story ever told. The story of the birth of Jesus started in heaven and unfolded on Earth.
That is why red is the color of Christmas—not because Santa wore red or because we wrap our presents in red paper or attach red bows to holly wreaths or put red bulbs on our trees. Red is the color of Christmas because it is the color of the blood that was shed from the cross for each and every one of us. Jesus died for the sins of the world so he could make available to us the greatest of all gifts. READ MORE
“A superstar’s remarkable conversion story”
By Cindy Garrett Swanson
“My only regret in life is that I was not able to tell people about what Christ did for me.” — actor & race car driver Steve McQueen, just prior to his death in 1980.
“Greg Laurie has a documentary about this called “Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon” that is either out now, or soon. I’m a huge fan … this will definitely get a view when I discover how.” Jeremiah Beck
Read the whole Story here.
Power Thought: The Son of God became man to Enable Men to become sons of God!
When God Became a Man: by Greg Laurie
It has been rightly said that the history of the world hinges on a stable door in Bethlehem. The birth of Jesus in a little stable in Bethlehem forever changed the history of the world. Jesus was God with skin on, walking among us and showing us what God is like. He was not a man who became God, which is impossible, but God who became a man.
Today’s Verse...But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…When was the last time you truly searched after God? I’m not talking about an obscure theological insight about God or another best selling book about God. When was the last time you sought after the Father so that you could know him better and appreciate him more? Let’s open our hearts and go on the Great Quest to find God. Like the prodigal son in Luke 15, we will find he’s waiting and watching for us to come home!
My Prayer…Precious Heavenly Father, majestic in glory, awesome in might, and ever near with your loving presence, please bless me with a deeper and more personal knowledge and experience of you in my life. Until the day I can see you face to face in heaven, please draw me closer and closer to you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
- “If God were small enough for our minds, He wouldn’t be big enough for our needs.” Greg Laurie
- “A positive attitude brings strength, energy and initiative.”
- “If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines.” Robert Brault