I love this time of year. I love celebrating the Savior's birth, and I love getting together with family.
Still, I am aware that many people are struggling and hurting during the Christmas season. And, probably to the surprise of some of you, pastors are often among those who are struggling.
LifeWay Research recently conducted a survey to ask pastors where they feel the greatest stress. There were four stressors acknowledged by over half of the pastors, and one stressor noted by nearly half. more >>
Christmas ban will be strictly implemented in Brunei after Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's announcement last year about introducing the Sharia law.
The Sultan of Brunei has ordered a strict compliance with the Christmas ban that will impose death by stoning, cutting off of limbs, and other tough penalties on lawbreakers. Last month, imams had issued warnings via their sermons against Muslims being led astray by the mere use of Christmas symbols, according to an AFP report published by ABC.
"Using religious symbols like crosses, lighting candles, putting up Christmas trees, singing religious songs, sending Christmas greetings ... are against Islamic faith," ABC quotes the religious leaders' statement published by local media. more >>
Christmas commemorates the beginning of the most joyous event in human history, when Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God, came to earth and became a man (Jn. 1: 14; Phil. 2:5-11). Jesus came to earth in order to sacrifice Himself as a one-time, sufficient sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.
However, as we celebrate the greatest gift ever given, the birth of the Savior, we must always remember that the ghastly specter of Calvary's cross always casts a ghostly shadow over Bethlehem's babe in the manger. Jesus came to die and pay the price for our sins and for all who will accept Him and His sacrifice for their sin and confess Him as Lord and Savior.
As the familiar, but beautiful little poem I heard for the first time many years ago states it: more >>
Kirk Franklin is spreading holiday cheer by rewarding strangers with gifts before Christmas.
When his Losing My Religion album was out of stock in a Bowie, Maryland, Walmart the 45-year-old gospel music recording artist decided to give shoppers and employees $50 Visa gift cards.
"Excuse me, ladies and gentleman, y'all might not want to leave. I got a blessing for a lot of people and I feel like being in the giving mood," Franklin's voice crackled over the Walmart loudspeaker on Dec. 20, according to EEW magazine. more >>
GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has posted a message to supporters reflecting on the Christmas season, and shared that for him, the greatest gift and the greatest hope is found in Jesus Christ.
"During this season, I always try to remind myself of the greatest gift … our Savior Jesus Christ," Carson said in a Facebook message, responding to a question asking "what is one of your favorite things about Christmas?"
"I know that many of us spend the week leading up to Christmas frantically rushing around buying presents, our time occupied with 'how much to spend' on loved ones, rather than spending much time occupied with those loved ones. It's about relationship, not retail. We should remind ourselves of that more often," he added. more >>
The Christmas season is one of the busiest seasons of the year for church leaders. In fact, it can be exhausting.
On the other hand, the truths of Christmas are some of the most encouraging truths a Christian leader can hear.
Let these truths give you strength even if you're struggling through this season: 1. God always has a plan. more >>