The Real Gift of Christmas| December 25

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“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” — Philippians 4:19–20 Throughout the world, people will join you to celebrate Christmas. Different countries have different traditions, but all Christians have the same Savior they…

Christmas Eve Thoughts | December 24

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“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” —…

Christmas Peace| December 23

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“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your…

Christmas Unity | December 22

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“Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my…

Home for Christmas | December 21

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“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body.” — Philippians 3:20–21 Christmas is just a few days away. Does your house smell like the Christmas pine? Are your favorite ornaments on the tree? Have you watched your favorite Christmas…

A Christmas Example | December 20

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“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds…

A Charlie Brown Christmas | December 19

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“Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.” — Philippians 3:15–16 Have you ever been told that you are very mature? As a kid, that’s meant to be a compliment. As you get older,…

The Christmas Prize | December 18

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“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press…

Understanding Christmas by Looking at Easter | December 17

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“That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” — Philippians 3:10–11 The best way to really understand Christmas is to look at the events of Easter. Christmas isn’t only about the birth…