Home brings a promise, a shelter, a surprise and a future. God's gift of Christ makes His home in our hearts. What does it mean to be at home with God? We are home in a relationship we can trust, and we have the promise of His presence no matter what. We can unwrap His surprise that brings life and enjoy a guided and safeguarded future that pulls us forward. God longs for us...
Dear Roger, How many times must I pray for someone to be healed? I have friends who want me to pray again and again for their healing. The call goes out from the church to pray for somebody who is sick and we are encouraged to pray again and again while nothing happens. Frankly, I get rather tired of it sometimes. Is there a limit to how many times we should pray for...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Topic: Discipleship, Prayer, Suffering, Disease & Sickness
A war will be waged again this Christmas, a battle far more pressing than whether to say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” For believers, the real challenge is something entirely different. It’s a battle for our heart, our joy, and our worship. I’m no Scrooge. I love the holiday, even some of the silly things we do that have very little to do with the birth of Jesus. I’m...
Author: Matt Chandler
Dear Roger, What do we really know about angels, and how do they reveal themselves to us? How do angels appear to people in the Bible? Angels appeared to people in the Bible in three ways. First, some angels appeared to people in a recognizable form, even seeming to be human. For example, the angel that announced the virgin birth to Mary appeared in some kind of...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
How would Christ celebrate Christmas? It seems like a difficult question to answer. Author Erin Davis pens her thoughts: "Most years I tend to lose sight of Jesus somewhere between the deals of Black Friday and the dawn of a new year. Of course I understand that Jesus is the real reason for the season, but the frantic pace I usually set to celebrate Christmas isn't very...
Author: Erin Davis
An excellent resource for families to make Advent more meaningful in their homes and in their lives. www.deborahhaddix.com.
Type: Bible Study
Thank Goodness. Christmas Doesn’t Make Sense Through the power of the Internet, I am often able to look like I have my life all together. I know the things to tweet and the things to edit. I know the moments to Instagram and the ones to crop out like they never happened. I know what to say in conversations with friends to give the appearance of stability. But the truth...
Author: Jon Acuff
Merry Christmas! Oh, excuse me! Seasons Greetings . Happy Holidays . Finding Jesus at Christmas is just like playing “Where’s Waldo.” Look hard. He’s nowhere to be found! I attended a middle school “Christmas” concert with my daughter. The word “Christmas” was never uttered. Nary a carol was sung. The night was not silent . A spoiled two-year-old screamed and...
Author: Julie Barrier
The Book of Zephaniah contains a wonderful and moving description of God's love. We don’t deserve God’s love, but He offers it to us in the gift of Jesus Christ. And nothing can keep us from the joy of the risen King. The Village Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Matt Chandler
Who is the Christ Child? Paul in Philippians 2 teaches the amazing condescension of God coming in human form to die. Secondly, Isaiah teaches the baby would be Messiah, the Sent One of all of Israel. Finally, Psalm 110 shows the picture of Christ's return at his second coming.
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11, Psalm 110:1-6, Isaiah 53
Topic: The Birth of Christ