Christmas is about Jesus and it begins with giving. In a recent podcast we looked at why the Bible gives us so many details about Jesus’ birth. Think of the complexity. Jesus by God’s power was reduced to an embryo. God’s miraculous and supernatural plan was accomplished through humble humans. A major theme of the true spirit of Christmas is expressed here by giving. Watch this short v/log then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
We know about Jesus’ birth, and we have lots of information about his ministry. We don’t know a lot about Jesus’ childhood, but Luke records one interesting story when Jesus was 12 years old. Have your kids watch this short animated video to learn more about Jesus' as a child.
Over 20 percent of children in the United States are raised in homes without a father. Dropping out of high school, teenage pregnancy, crime and incarceration rates are excessively higher in fatherless environments. We need fathers – strong men who care for, go out of their way for and lead their families.
The story begins with a young Jewish woman named Mary, who was engaged to a man named Joseph. The angel Gabriel visited Mary, and told her she would have a son named Jesus. God used his power - his Holy Spirit - to cause Mary to have a baby by a miracle. Watch this charming animated video for the rest of the story!
Finding motivation for faith does not have to be a difficult task, because the Old Testament is full of individuals whose faith and actions were God-honoring and incredibly heroic. If we observe and study their lives we will find a treasure trove of faith strengthening tools and examples for our practical everyday use.
Several weeks ago we began to tell the story of a hero – not the kind of hero that rises up in courage to do a deed that changes the outcome of an event – rather, the kind of hero who lives his vision for a lifetime and changes the world as a result of his lifetime dedication. This hero is the Joseph of the Old Testament – dreamer, interpreter of dreams, man of wisdom, faith, integrity and mercy. Joseph was a true hero, the kind that appears only once in many generations. What can we learn from him?
Everybody loves a hero…someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty…someone who puts their own interests aside for the greater good…someone who does those things that others can’t or won’t. Usually these heroes are recognized as a result of a particular event or crisis and we laud their contribution. It is a rare thing to see someone who lives a heroic life and displays a heroic heart throughout their lifetime – one who becomes a hero for the ages. On this program we look at such a man to try and learn from the example of his heroic life!