Be the Gift

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Christ is the greatest gift we could ever receive. He left Heaven to come to earth as a baby and grow up to be our Savior.

God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life (John 3:16). God is Holy and the only way we can know Him in a relationship is to accept His amazing love demonstrated to us, that while we were stuck in our sinful behaviors, He sacrificed His life on the cross to bring about our forgiveness. It doesn’t stop there. Once we believe Jesus did this for us, we begin a daily habit of reading His word and talking with Him in prayer. Then we will know new blessings and mercies every day. Sounds too good to be true, right? No, it is true and wonderful and when you experience this, you want others to experience it.


Paul said to the Romans, “I want very much to see you, so I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you” (Romans 1:11). We have opportunities to strengthen those in our families, our friends, co-workers and fellow Christians. Our focus changes from receiving gifts from others to giving gifts or being blessings to others.

We discover a great Bible principle when we choose to be givers, not takers. “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). Yes, blessings come back to us so we can keep on giving. We are blessed to bless and keep on blessing.


Father God, teach us to be compassionate as you are compassionate. Help us to be blessings so you will be glorified in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Why Bethlehem?

It was no accident that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Micah prophesied about it. Sacrificial lambs were born and raised there for Passover and Mary and Joseph had to register there for the census.

A Closer Walk with God

The picture is a familiar Christmas scene, but have you ever wondered why Bethlehem was so significant that it was the place of the first Christmas? Here are some things to think about.

The Christmas story began in Nazareth when Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census to be taken of all the Roman world. Joseph and Mary were from the line of David, which meant they had to travel ninety miles to Bethlehem. A host of angels told shepherds in the field that Jesus would be born in a stable in Bethlehem. They knew the stable because that’s where they raised the sacrificial lambs for Passover, which was held in Jerusalem, 6 miles away. They rushed to find the baby Jesus just as the angels said. He was and is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. It’s believed that Mary, Joseph and…

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