Inside the introduction written by theologian John Piper to Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, a book of devotionals designed especially for Advent 2013 by Desiring God, a ministry he founded, the pastor answers the question, "What does Jesus want for Christmas?"
With readings beginning Sunday, Dec. 1, and going through Christmas Day, this book of Advent devotionals "aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season," states Desiring God. The short meditations are excerpted from the ministry of Piper and correspond to the daily readings in Desiring God's free devotional app, Solid Joys (available in iTunes and Google Play), as well as online.
Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minn., before retiring from that position earlier this year. He is the author of more than 50 books including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. John and his wife, Noël, have five children and twelve grandchildren. more >>
You Were Made to Give
Since the beginning, God has woven the beauty of giving into the very fabric of creation. more >>
Looking to buy something unusual for a loved one this Christmas? Check these out.
It is not really sonic, but it is a real screwdriver. more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation posted a "Winter Solstice" sign at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield over the weekend, arguing that there are no gods, angels, heaven or hell, and that religion "hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
The sign, which has been featured before in counter Christian displays, reads:
"At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." more >>
Researchers are now catching up to what many Christian leaders have preached forever – relationships are more valuable to one's well-being than material things.
As Christmas (the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ) approaches and the heat from the internal pressure cooker for many to buy, buy, buy is rising, now is a great time to think about priorities as spelled out by this article in the Huffington Post: 6 Reasons Why People – Not Things – Will Make You Happier.
One of the six reasons that looking to the material to make you happy is wrong, as reported in HP, is that focusing too much on money could be bad for your marriage. more >>
Black Friday marks the official start of Christmas shopping season. Unfortunately, there's always that one present under the tree you wish you hadn't received. The ugly sweater from Aunt Bertha that itches or the gym membership implying that Santa thinks you're fat (talk about the pot calling the kettle black). And then, under every American's tree this year, is the gift that keeps on giving, from the taker who keeps on taking: The President's present of Obamacare.
On the first day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Higher medical costs. The biggest reason for the rise in the price of modern health care is the cost of modern medicine, including medical devices like MRI machines that can cost over a million dollars. Obamacare, in its infinite wisdom, puts a special tax on medical devices. It's a cost that will undoubtedly be passed on to the consumer. Thanks, Obama!
On the second day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: A more powerful Internal Revenue Service. Everyone's favorite government workers are the tax collectors – as popular now as they were in Biblical times – and so we can be grateful this Christmas that Obama put them in charge of much of Obamacare. My fellow conservatives can sleep easy knowing that the IRS has at least never played politics with its power. more >>