A Guide to Christmas Cheer

“Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Luke 2:14

The following principles will help make this a blessed Christmas season:

Put Christ First:The Lord Jesus Christ is the very reason for this time of year. Remember that daily worship of Christ in Bible study and prayer lays the foundation for genuine weekly and seasonal worship. Be faithful to God and His house.

Plan Family Events Ahead of Time:Every family needs to continue or establish traditions which make this season more meaningful. Whether it’s visits, meals, times of praise and prayer, church services or other events, always remember to be Christian, be kind and be calm.

Pay Cash for Gifts:Through proper planning and prioritizing, Christmas gift-giving can be a genuine expression of love and appreciation. Watch excessiveness. Look for good deals. Prepare something “homemade.” Avoid credit spending; “if you cannot afford it, you can only enjoy it for 30 days.”

Place Gospel Tracts in Christmas Cards:Everyone needs to know what it means to trust Jesus Christ as Saviour. Give God’s Word on eternal life and forgiveness of sin to family and friends in a practical way.

Provide for Those in Need:There are many in need throughout the year. Be sure to remember others and look for ways to be a blessing to the sick and shut-in, those between jobs or someone without a family. Time and help are ways to provide in addition to money. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

–Tim Cruse

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