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Simple Christmas

The event that promised “peace on earth, good will toward men” has become a holiday that often brings stress and conflict. Cultural and personal expectations for the Christmas season drive us to spend too much, plan too much and expect too much. Is there a better way to celebrate Christmas? Maybe simpler would be better. Maybe we can celebrate Christmas in a way that is less extravagant but more significant.

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Finances

December 3, 2017 by Mark Stuenzi Message 1 of 3

The birth of Jesus was marked by two things: simplicity and generosity. Jesus was born in the humblest surroundings to poor parents. His birth was history’s greatest act of generosity. Today, simplicity and generosity have been replaced with extravagance and reciprocity. We create stress by overspending – and much of our giving is directed toward those who least need it or will reciprocate it. Jesus spoke of giving to those in need, rather than those who already had much.

Relationships

December 10, 2017 by Dan White Message 2 of 3

There is an idealized image of Christmas we have that none of us can completely live up to. Then we find ourselves disappointed because our reality ends up being so far from that expectation. The truth is if you experience some family problems at Christmas, you’re normal. If there were no problems in our families then Christmas would not have been necessary! Christmas was necessary because we’re all sinners and we all need a savior.

Schedules

December 17, 2017 by Dan White Message 3 of 3

The Christmas season can be one of the busiest times of the year. The greatest tragedy is that our busyness completely distracts from the real reason behind all of this. When Jesus was born, the people of Bethlehem were so busy that they didn’t make room for Jesus and his family. They never knew the Savior was among them. In contrast, Mary “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”