Keep Calm It’s Only Christmas

God Is Closer Than You Think

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 (NLT) The holidays are filled with joy and happiness for most people.  But for some, this season is a painful reminder of hurt experienced by the loss of a family member, a divorce, or some other difficult life situation. …

Stop Being Offended

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalm 119:165 (KJV) We’re going to use a silly example to make an important point.  Let’s assume that you met a bank robber and invited them to your home for snacks…I know, just follow along.  While you are in the kitchen, they…

Do Good to Others

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:17-18 (NIV) Who are you?  That may seem like an odd question, but it’s important as it relates to…

Do Not Be Afraid

Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary…

Whatever!

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another, forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 Each of us have been hurt by other people. Sometimes their actions are not intended to hurt us. Other times their actions are intentional. Their actions can be large or small. They can…

What Is Required

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV) Sometimes we tend to think that God expects a lot of us. We think that He expects us to be perfect.…

Be a Covering

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV) God loved us so much that He gave (John 3:16). Those who don’t show love, don’t know God because He is love (1 John 4:8). We can love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). God…

Leave Your Gift

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV) Relationships are important to God. They are so…

It Depends on You

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 (NIV) We all have people in our lives we disagree with. It may be over something they have said or done. The problems can be large or small. The situation may not even be your fault. But…

Just Pray About It

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your…

Focus

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:32-33 (NLT) Each of us has a choice in life. We can let figuring out how to meet our…

Peace, Be Still

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into…

Don’t Be Afraid

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been…