Can Christmas still change the world? The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress and debt? Along the way the best story in the world... has become a story of what's on sale.
Because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus
This is the approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season to release our burdens and lift a song of praise to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated. Entering the story of Advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.
Encounter Jesus this Advent by…
Feel less stress and free resources for things that matter to Jesus
What was the one gift you remember getting for Christmas last year? What about the fourth gift?
Do you remember that one? Truth is many of us don’t because it wasn’t something we necessarily wanted or needed. Spending less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember in less than a year. America spends around $600 billion during the Christmas season, and much of that is joyless and goes right onto a credit card. By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.
Use the Christmas Gift Challenge and give:
Give relationally to offer one another presence, rather than merely presents
We know what you’re thinking. “Wait, didn’t you just say I should spend less, and yet here you’re telling me to give more? What gives?” The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modeled this more than Jesus.
When it is safe to do again:
Love the forgotten, the poor, marginalized and sick in the ways Jesus asked us to
It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love to a neighbor in need. By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. It’s not that there’s something wrong with the shopping mall—it’s that the better story is about loving all.
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