Thought:God does not love us because we are good, God loves us because HE is good.
Challenge:God’s love is unconditional. Reflect on that today, and do good out of thanksgiving for this wonderful gift.
Reference:For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NABRE)
Thought:Learn to listen to God, especially when you are listening to someone else.
Challenge:As others open their souls to you, you should rely on the Holy Spirit so you can respond appropriately. Ask Him to think through you, live through you, and to love through you. When the Spirit empowers your listening and thinking, God flows through you to other people.
Reference:Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 1 Cor 6:19 (NABRE)
Thought:The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Challenge:Listen more, talk less, and when you do talk, choose your words carefully and never boast. When the talking is over and the work begins, show everyone that you can excel in your efforts.
Reference:Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18 (NABRE)
Thought:Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"
Challenge:Remember to give Glory to God throughout this Christmas season. Attend church, pray, sing, and rejoice. Keep the spirit of Christmas all year long.
Reference:Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 57:5 (NABRE)
Thought:A hug is a great gift – one size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it is easy to exchange.
Challenge:A hug is a great gift – one size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it is easy to exchange.
Reference:If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Philippians 2:1-2 (NABRE)
Thought:Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere, Go tell it on the mountain, Our Jesus Christ is born.
Challenge:Tell it everywhere. Remind everyone that Christ is in your Christmas and that He should be in theirs. Remember the reason for the season.
Reference:Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
1 John 5:1 (NABRE)
Thought:O Star of wonder, star of night. Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy Perfect Light.
Challenge:O Star of wonder, star of night. Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy Perfect Light.
Reference:Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17 (NABRE)
Thought:With the angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Challenge:With the angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Reference:But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (NABRE)
Thought:Let earth receive her king.
Challenge:Let earth receive her king.
Reference:… and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:11 (NABRE)