In today’s climate of turmoil and uncertainty, threatening and incapacitating feelings run rampant. Yet the God who created your emotions has also given you everything you need to navigate them. The Bible paints relatable and resonant portraits of women and men struggling with grief, anger, guilt, and despair—and provides divine wisdom for transforming your emotional trials into spiritual triumphs.
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Scriptures: Luke 2:10-14, Galatians 4:4-5, 2 Corinthians 9:15
The Christmas angel announced to the world 2,000 years ago that Christmas is about joy. Christmastime for many is the most joyful time of the year. Many see more smiles, hear more laughter, attend more parties, entertain and are entertained more than at any other time of the year. Amazingly, this joy is all tied to gifts--the gifts we give and the gifts we receive. In this message, Dr. Merritt explores the greatest and first of all Christmas gifts, and how Christ makes every Christmas a joyful occasion worth celebrating.
"The best Christmas gift you can give basically does two things. First of all, it expresses the love of the one who gives the gift. Secondly, it meets a need of the one who receives the gift. The greatest love gift ever given is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ meets the greatest need any human being ever has and that is the need for forgiveness." --Dr. Merritt
Keywords: Christmas, December, holiday, Jesus, birth, gift, present, Son, joy, God
Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.