Thanksgiving is over; and the Christmas Season is upon us. My tree is up, my nativities are on display, and Christmas Music is playing pretty much 24/7.
Dear Reader, I hope your Thanksgiving was as beautiful as it was for my crew and I. And, if instead it was a yard year, please know that you are loved deeply by God Emmanuel–the God who is truly with us. I wrote some about that, last night, which you can read Here, if interested.
And, now for this week’s Good Stuff:
From John Piper: Dawning of Indestructible Joy
Last week, I shared with you a Christmas devotional resource from Gordon-Conwell Seminary. This week, I”d love to share with you a resource from John Piper–his book The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. You can download this book as a free resource from DesiringGod.org. It is designed as daily readings to carry you through from 1-Dec till Christmas day, but I sat down and read it pretty much in one setting last year. Piper, as always, challenges us to stretch our thinking beyond the surface to dig at the rich soil of the story of Jesus’ birth.
From 22 Words: The Surprising Final Words of 35 Famous People
Ok, truly I do not know if this is historically accurate or not; however, if it is, it certainly is quite interesting.
From Sovereign Grace: Christmas Music: Prepare Him Room
I like much of what Sovereign Grace produces. But mostly I appreciate the fact that they make their resources widely available to churches and individuals, at incredibly reasonable prices. Last year they produced a Christmas album, and it is still tops in my Christmas rotations. My favorite song on the album is “He Who is Mighty”, which I had the privilege of singing with my girl last Christmas. Whew.
From OpenCulture: Learn to Code with Star Wars
20 days till Star Wars opens, and I assure you that my youngest boy probably knows how many hours that is. The people who occupy this house have Star Wars fever. OpenCulture shared a resource from the folks who brought us MineCraft–it is a beginning coding tutorial that incorporates Star Wars elements. Very nerdy; very cool.
It’s time for Christmas Movies! Friday night, we watched It’s a Wonderful Life. Goodness, I love the cheesiness that is that movie. “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” Watch it. WATCH IT. And, if you do–do not see the colorized version. This movie deserves to be seen in all its black and white glory.
This morning, once again, our young pastor preached a tremendous sermon–today, it was on Hope; the focus of the first week of advent. Using the text from Exodus on the birth of Moses, his words caused me to see with renewed passion, the reason why I have hope this Christmas. If you are struggling to sense hope, take 45 minutes and listen. You can find his sermon at this link: Seaford Baptist Church
Books: The Great Christ Comet
We had such an interesting discussion this morning during our Sunday School class time, on the star of Bethlehem. Then tonight, I stumbled across a book on the subject, reviewed at The Gospel Coalition website. The book is too expensive for me to order right now, but I hope to be able to get it eventually.