We all have family conflict and the holidays seem to be a time to pull them out. So, before you grab a turkey leg, warm up a mug of eggnog or trim the tree, you might want to check out these 10 ways to avoid a family feud this Christmas.
By Jay Lowder, Founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries
1. Just because you are "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" doesn't mean it's an occasion to be throwing stones. Divisive words are like bars on a castle. Be certain that the only thing you call a fruitcake or nut job is the food. more >>
Traditions during the holidays, especially Christmas, are symbolic for Christians. One that is more significant than any other for Christians during this season is to remember Christ Himself in celebrating his birth. Traditions are a great way to pass down the stories of faith through the generations.
We have many Christmas traditions that remind us of Christ; the sound of carols are the proclamation of rejoicing, and the evergreen tree is a reminder of the cross and the everlasting life we have in Jesus.
Other traditions such as the nativity remind us that God came as a man of flesh to take away the sins of the world. The gifts tell the story of the three wise men that came to adore the Son of God. more >>
The A&E network's "Duck Dynasty" Christmas special that aired this past Wednesday raked in close to a whopping 9 million viewers, finishing the show's record-breaking season before it returns again in January 2014.
Results from Wednesday's hour-long Christmas special at 10 p.m. showed the episode scored a total of 8.9 million viewers, with 4.5 million viewers among adults in the 18 to 49 age range, and 4.6 million viewers among adults in the 25 to 54 age range.
According to Deadline, Wednesday's success was a 40 percent spike from the show's 2012 Christmas special, which was still considered to be a smash hit among viewers. The show has broken numerous ratings records since it first premiered in 2012. In its season three finale in April, the show set a record with 9.6 million viewers. It was then deemed the most watched nonfiction cable telecast in history during its fourth season premiere in August with 11.8 million viewers. more >>
A Florida church has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest display of lit Christmas trees. Pembroke Pines' Oasis Church was certified as the record holder on Dec. 7 by judges who verified that, per the organization's rules, the 546 trees were lit simultaneously for at least 10 minutes.
Debby Brown, the church's director of women's and children's ministries, said the church originally acquired the trees with the intention of giving them away to people who could not afford to purchase their own this year.
A beautiful Christmas story that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face! These beautiful children from St. Paul's Church, Auckland, New Zealand tell a special story about the very first Christmas.
The story that is told in the video is based on the book, "The Unexpected Christmas" by Simone Graham. There are many scenes throughout the video that are funny and joyful. Seeing these children act out the story of Christmas at such a young age is simply WONDERFUL!
Please SHARE this with all your family and friends and put a SMILE on their face today! more >>
NEW YORK — Franklin Graham, president of nonprofit Samaritan's Purse, joined project organizers, local families and survivors of Hurricane Sandy at one of New York City's major airports this week to personally send off more than 60,000 gifts to some of Typhoon Haiyan's most vulnerable victims in the Philippines.
"Do you know what these gifts are going to mean to these kids? It means that somebody loves them, it means they haven't been forgotten. It will mean everything in the world. It will give these little kids hope," Graham told more than 300 attendees at Thursday's event.
The evangelist and son of the Rev. Billy Graham was flanked by young singers of the Christian Heritage Academy and a loaded Boeing 747 over his shoulder as he thanked participants during the send-off ceremony at Hangar 19 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). more >>