Peace

The Christmas We Forget: "Hope"

Randy Christian

If you were to ask people to sum up the “Christmas Spirit” in one word, “hope” would certainly be among the favorite responses. This hope isn’t just modern sentiment born from our need. It was part of the Christmas story from the very beginning. The Christmas event was the fulfillment of hope for the Jewish people—a way to overcome the oppression of the Gentiles who had ruled them for centuries. But the irony is it was also the fulfillment of hope for the Gentile oppressors as well. The Christmas event was and is the introduction of hope for the entire world—a hope that God has something better in store for us than what we have made for ourselves.

THE CHRISTMAS WE FORGET - Hope study guide

Knowing Jesus: "Living New"

Randy Christian

Colossians 3:1-17
When we change, it is more than just our behavior.  Our motivation changes as well.  We shift from pleasing ourselves or someone important to us, to doing what we do to be faithful to the Lord.  Decisions are made on a new basis—not just what we want, but what pleases Him.  The more we Know Him, the more our lives are lived for Him. 

KNOWING JESUS - Living New study guide