Year: 2020

Covid - Prayer for Love, Joy and Peace

Some of our family and friends may be feeling lonely, worried, and anxious this Christmas. Here’s how you can intercede for them.

BWP - Let's keep Christ in Christmas: Su-Lin Ang

Looking for ways to make Christmas meaningful and memorable for your family? Ang Su-Lin, Co-founder of the Petals Prayer Group for Praying Mothers, shares three practical ideas that you could do with your little children, teenagers, and as a family.

Curling Up with the Good Book

The small country of Iceland is a nation of readers. In fact, it’s reported that each year it publishes and reads more books per person than any other country. On Christmas Eve, it’s a tradition for Icelanders to give books to family and friends and then read long into the night. This tradition dates back to World War II, when imports were restricted but paper was cheap. Icelandic publishers began flooding the market with new titles in late fall. Now a catalog of the country’s new releases is sent to every Icelandic home in mid-November. This tradition is known as the Christmas Book Flood.

We can be thankful God blessed so many with the ability to craft a good story and to educate, inspire, or motivate others through their words. There’s nothing like a good book! The best-selling book of all, the Bible, was composed by many authors who wrote in poetry and prose— some great stories, some not so—but all of it inspired. As the apostle Paul reminded Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” and equipping God’s people “for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Reading the Bible convicts, inspires, and helps us to live for Him—and guides us into the truth (2:15).

In our reading, let’s not forget to find time to curl up with the greatest book of all, the Bible.

BWP - When should I start talking to my kids about Jesus?

When talking to other parents, ODB writer Chris Wale often heard this comment: I wish I'd read and prayed with my children more when they were growing up. Chris shares milestones from his son's life for fellow parents to consider how we can talk to our children about Jesus.

CTI - Reflecting on 2020, Looking Ahead to 2021

2020 has been a tough year. But when we’re done with the reflections, perhaps it’s time to look ahead to 2021 and ask ourselves: What will we make of the new year?

What to Name the Baby

Here’s one conversation Mary didn’t have to have with Joseph as they awaited the birth of the baby she was carrying: “Joseph, what should we name the baby?” Unlike most people awaiting a birth, they had no question about what they would call this child.

The angels who visited both Mary and Joseph told them each that the baby’s name would be Jesus (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:31). Joseph’s angel explained that this name indicated that the baby would “save his people from their sins.”

He would also be called “Immanuel,” (Isaiah 7:14) which means “God is with us,” because He would be God in human form—deity wrapped in swaddling clothes. The prophet Isaiah revealed additional titles of “Wonderful Counselor” or “Mighty God” or “Everlasting Father” or Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), because He would be all of those things.

It’s always exciting to name a new baby. But no other baby had such a powerful, exciting, world-changing name as the one who was “Jesus who is called the Messiah” (Matthew 1:16). What a thrill for us to be able to “call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:2)! There is no other name that saves (Acts 4:12).

Let’s praise Jesus and contemplate everything He means to us this Christmas season!

JTS - Ecc 29

Ecclesiastes 12:1
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”.

Q: Do you acknowledge the fact of your mortality, that you will one day have to endure infirmity and finally death (unless the Lord comes first)? How can you…