A time of music and laughter.
A time of bright lights and tinsel.
A time of friends and family.
A time of giving and sharing.
But more than that.
A time to celebrate the beginning of the greatest miracle the world has ever known.
A miracle that took just a little over 40 years to unfold, but that was planned all the way back at the dawn of time.
A miracle of eternal consequence to every single human being who ever was born and ever will be born.
That miracle began in a stable.
If you would like to take time this Christmas season to try to fully grasp the full implications of this miracle, you may enjoy The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper. Through a series of 25 readings, you will be reminded of what Christmas and Christ are all about.
Each reading is brief—about five minutes or so. But the impact is lasting.
May true joy be yours this Christmas.
It’s not too early to think about great gifts for the coming Christmas season. Here’s one that will touch the heart—The MacArthur Daily Bible.
The idea of the Daily Bible is to take readers through the entire Bible in the course of one year. Each daily assignment features four selections for a balanced read:
- Old Testament.
- New Testament.
The New King James text is complemented by a light sprinkling of notes from Dr. John MacArthur to aid in a better understanding. Another nice feature of this Bible is a section including 52 memory verses, one for each week.
If you want to grow in your recall and understanding of the whole of God’s Word, this is an excellent way to obtain an overview of the Bible before digging deeper into specific passages. Give it a try next year.
And if you know a friend who would appreciate a better knowledge of the Bible, as well, give one away this Christmas.
Already read The MacArthur Daily Bible? We recommend How to Master the English Bible by James M. Gray as a good next step.
If you need a bit of guidance or motivation in your dealings with others, you may enjoy reading The Heart of a Leader: Insights on the Art of Influence by Ken Blanchard. This little book is packed with pithy quotes to help you learn how to be a leader who serves.
Just to give you an example:
People with humility don’t think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less.
How about this one:
Good religion is like good football; it isn’t talk, it’s action.
The ideas are not particularly novel, but they are phrased well. Each quote is accompanied by an explanation of the principle, illustrating how to put the other person first in your interactions.
And, yes, we are all leaders, because we all influence others.
The Heart of a Leader could be a very quick read if you just sat down and worked from cover to cover. However, this is a book you really ought to savor to appreciate fully.
Great reminders for us all!