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Why I’ll Miss This Christmas When It’s Over

I want you to know that this year when Christmas comes and goes, I’m going to really miss it. I think it’s because of the series we’re in now: Prelude – getting into the rhythm of Christmas. This season I’m trying to take time every day to pause, take a deep breath, and inhale and exhale God’s presence. I just want to come before Christ this season with reverence and with respect for the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6).

What I’m finding is this: if we take time to prepare for Christmas, we can experience God in a new, refreshing way that sticks with us all year long.

So, take time today to prepare yourself and to have an expectation to see, feel, and experience the Christ of Christmas who is with us in His spirit today and every day.

I said I was going to miss Christmas and be disappointed when the holiday is gone, but that’s not entirely true because I know that we can experience the joy of Christmas and the Christ of Christmas every day – that’s why He came.

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Christmas Traditions

You know what I love about this season? I love traditions.

Traditions are something that people look forward to and, believe it or not, they can bring unity to a family or a relationship during the holidays. I was reminded of joy of traditions this past Sunday when our church converged together to bake cookies.

It was kind of chaotic, there was flour flying everywhere, but it was definitely festive. And, the mothers did a great job of including even those who couldn’t decorate perfectly. So, when you bite into a cookie that was obviously decorated by a two-year-old, it might not make it on the Food Network channel but it still brings a smile to your face knowing there was love, care and holiday tradition put into that cookie.

So, whether it’s baking cookies or, if you live in Michigan, at least once a year going to Frankenmuth (which is kind of like the capital of Christmas), traditions are something that people look forward to, they bring a smile to your face and they help memories live on.

When some people are no longer here, there are still those traditions that live on and help us to recall their presence and memory during the holidays.

Traditions Last for a Reason

You may not always love them, but don’t complain about traditions because they might be the very glue that brings families together and it might be what you are remembered for in the future.

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How We Came to Joy

“How does the teaching team come up with the themes or topics for the Experiences?”

For some of you who may be reading this and who don’t have a strong bond with or faith in Christ, it might seem odd to say this, but we pray a lot about what we should talk about on Sundays.

  • What does God say?
  • What does the Bible teach?
  • What’s relevant right now?

We say, “Lord, what is happening in people’s lives that we can speak to and we can pull a message from the greatest historical, literary, relational book of all time, the Bible, in order to bring inspiration to people through our Experiences at Venture?”

  • How can we bring people closer to Christ?
  • How can we explain the teachings of the Bible?
  • How can we connect to people both near and far from God?

This year the theme of joy came together for our Christmas Experiences. Joy Everlasting is the whole idea that joy is a gift and joy is a choice. Over 300 times in the Bible, “joy” or “rejoicing” is mentioned, but today a lot of people don’t have joy. They’re puckered up, they’re uptight, they’re carrying the weight of the world, and there’s a lot of crap happening around us but God says that even through these trials you can experience His gift of joy.

The Message of Joy is Relevant for Today

So, this year, with all that’s happening in the world with natural disasters, sexual exploitation, and evil – it just seems to fit that joy is a great topic. I believe joy is a message, a topic, a conversation that is very relevant for today because we always want to present topics that are relevant to the emotions, experiences, and situations that people go through in their everyday lives.

I invite all of you to attend one of our Christmas Experiences on Dec. 23rd @ 3, 5, or 7 p.m. and Dec. 24th @ 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. If you can’t be in attendance, then after the 25th you can watch the Christmas Experience online.

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