Christmas is a fantastic time to celebrate Christ. Historically, the church has dominated the Christmas season. Though Hallmark movies, T.V. specials, and stories of an overgrown elf-man sporting a white beard and red suit have cut into the Church’s monopoly on the holiday, the word Christ still remains prominent. According to Lifeway, 6 of every 10 Americans will attend a Christmas service this year. If you and your family find yourselves drifting from the gospel, I encourage you to reengage with the gospel this Christmas season! I have attached links to three great resources below. These three little books will help you and your family refocus your hearts on the gospel!
John Piper encourages our hearts by expounding the texts of the Christmas story. Piper begins each devotion with short Scripture passage. He spends two to three pages reflecting upon our glorious savior so that God may “deepen and sweeten” our adoration of Jesus. Christians looking for quiet-time books and family devotions will find this little book helpful. Click here to download the book for free!
For it is implicit in Scripture that all the mammoth political forces and all the giant industrial complexes, without their even knowing it, are being guided by God, not for their own sake but for the sake of God’s little people – the little Mary and the little Joseph who have gone from Nazareth to Bethlehem. God wields an empire to bless his children.
John Piper wrote his second Advent devotional to remind and stir up Christians who have found themselves forgetting the glories of the gospel during the Christmas season. Interacting with short Scripture passages, Piper highlights the great truths of the Bible by connecting them to the nativity store. Christians looking for a quiet-time devotion or for a family devotion will find this book helpful. Click here to download the book for free!
Look to Jesus this Christmas. Receive the reconciliation that he bought. Don’t put it on the shelf unopened. And don’t open it and then make it a means to all your other pleasures. Open it and enjoy the gift. Rejoice in him. Make him your pleasure. Make him your treasure.
Paul David Tripp seeks to restore our awe in Christ this Christmas season by helping us reflect on the amazing truths of the Scriptures. Writing with a counselor’s heart, Tripp encourages his readers by expositing the Scriptures of the Christmas story, by sharing illustrative stories, and by calling for readers to respond to the gospel with meaningful action. Tripp also writes with families in mind. He ends each three to five page devotion with a further study verse and with a “For parents and children” section that includes the day’s main theme and discussion questions. Lastly, Tripp separates his Advent devotion from others by penning devotions for all of December’s 31 days. Both individuals and families will find Tripp’s devotional to be a source of encouragement this Christmas season!
In truth, that beautifully decorated tree, those gorgeously wrapped presents, and all that tasty holiday food, which make us happy during the Christmas season, are poor representations of the world into which Jesus was born and what his everyday life would be like. Jesus didn’t show up for a celebration…It means something profoundly important that the cradle of his birth was a feeding trough in a borrowed barn….These conditions…announce to us that the Messiah came not to be served but to serve.”