The season of Advent promotes spiritual preparation and a holy focus upon things that have eternal relevance. At the other end of the spectrum, Mardi Gras promotes living for the moment by diving into any carnal desires which seem appealing. Two different ways to approach life, and two different ways to die.
One approach throws caution to the wind. The other approach involves dying to self as Christ lives in you and through you.
Does your life today look more like a Mardi Gras party in the flesh, or an Advent season of preparation in the Spirit? Do you live for the pleasures of sin, or do you look forward to the perfection of heaven? Some people immerse themselves in whatever feels good, while others "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." (Matthew 6:33) more >>
As a Christian leader, I get asked this question often during the Christmas season. "How should Christian parents approach the topic of Santa?"
Many parents decide to jump in with both feet on the Santa fun, while others give the Santa topic a complete stiff-arm.
In this article, those two most popular options will be presented with a thought or two on each one, then I'll share another option that we do with our children in our own home. In no way would I say that our option is the perfect way of doing things; after all, every family has to pray, decide, and act upon the option that works best for them. However, there are some things that we must consider in this particular topic because as Christian parents we are our children's pastors, and that is a really, really big deal. more >>
It's the most wonderful time of the year… unless you go into debt paying for it!
With just two weeks left until Christmas, the malls are packed and package delivery companies are working overtime. But as Americans rush to find just the right gifts for loved ones far and near, budgets can go out the window, setting families up for something less than a very happy New Year.
It has been estimated that the average American doesn't pay off Christmas debt until October of the following year. Put another way, most people will mortgage the first ten months of 2016 to pay for their Christmas celebrations this year. more >>
The University of Mississippi has denied that it's censoring an annual campus Christmas celebration because of it being "too Christian."
Various publications, including Breitbart, have reported that Ole Miss had changed the name of its annual "A Grand Ole Christmas" to "Hotty Toddy Holidays" because the former was "too Christian."
In a statement released Wednesday, university officials denounced the claim of anti-Christian sentiment, claiming that initial reports on the reasons for the changes were taken out of context. more >>
Every Christmas season, countless children dream of asking Santa Claus for various things and many get to do so in person at various shopping malls.
Sometimes, however, challenges in communication can arise for those little ones who encounter Jolly Old Saint Nick.
On a given weekend, 3-year-old Mali Phoenix Williams-Cody went to the Cleveland Center with her mother to see Santa. Mali struggled with speech and is taking classes to help with the matter. more >>
A congregation in Ohio is looking to break the Guinness World Record for most unique nativity scenes in a single display.
Pines Christian Church of Mt. Gilead is gathering up as many nativity scenes as possible, shooting for at least 2,300 sets this year. The display will be at an open house event on Saturday.
Betsy Anderson, spokesperson for Pines Christian Church, told The Christian Post that as of Thursday they had "not made our official count." more >>