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December 2014

Number 31


Christmas Garland

Christmas - Planned Before Creation by Fred Smolchuck

How and where did it start? Was it in Bethlehem? No, it didn't really begin there; the idea was born long before the angels announced it to the shepherds. Old Testament prophets predicted Christ's coming. In my mind I eventually drifted back in time to the Garden of Eden. I thought, "That's it," it was in Eden that God promised a Redeemer, -- right? Yes, that's true. But the Lord reminded me that actually the Christmas story started long before Eden.

FRED SMOLCHUCK | CLICK HERE TO READ The FULL ARTICLE …

Couple View Computer

It’s Pull Together when you're Pulled Apart by Rick Warren

One day I said to Kay I'd like a different kind of soap. But I said it in a way that sounded like our marriage was a failure because we used the same kind of soap all the time. Three or four months later at Christmas time, she personally wrapped and placed under the tree - 27 different bars of soap!

RICK WARREN | CLICK HERE TO READ The FULL ARTICLE …

Christmas Tree

Witnessing to Our Families by Barbara Lighthizer

"It's so hard for me to talk about the Lord to my family members who are nonbelievers," said Cindy. "How did you witness to your sister before she died?" Bev poured Cindy another cup of coffee. "Well, first of all, I prayed . . . a lot. I'm the only Christian in my family, so I felt intimidated." Bev sat down across the table from Cindy. "My sis was dying of cancer. She was on her way to hell," said Bev, eyes brimming with tears. "I was the only one in my family who could give her the message of salvation. I was desperate."

BARBARA LIGHTHIZER | CLICK HERE TO READ The FULL ARTICLE …

Unopened Gifts

Unopened Gifts - Discipling Teens by Carey Huffman

Captivated more by glittery packaging than the present inside, she once was delighted to sit and play with crumpled ribbon and cellophane while the rest of us exchanged gifts. But this time she took keen interest in the contents of packages--all the packages.

— CAREY HUFFMAN | CLICK HERE TO READ The FULL ARTICLE …

Flowing River

Coming in January: A River out of Eden

"In the language of China there is hardly a more suggestive or challenging word than crisis. It is made up of two characters, way gee. Each of these is half a word, the first being danger and the second opportunity. Hence a "crisis" is literally a "dangerous opportunity." Last week I was driving down a main boulevard...

JIM COLE-ROUS

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