Christmas is coming. Christmas is here!

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Maybe you are like me and most of the physical preparation for Christmas are complete. And maybe you are like me and this season of Advent, meant to be a time of spiritual preparation, has instead been a time of parties–with overeating and overdrinking and not-enough-sleep–and concerts and some measure of stress and distress…

I’m more or less ready for Christmas. But am I ready for Jesus?

Read on in “Are You Ready for Christmas? (And Why It’s Okay If Your Aren’t).”

Then, realize the truth that Christ is already here in “Put the CHRIST Back in Christmas.”

Finally, looking for ways to declare Christmas at work with more than just a “Merry Christmas!” shout? Here are 8 different ways to display and declare Christmas at work.

Photo by Kevin Dooley. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

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Sabbath: Role Reversal

A couple of weeks ago at Christ Community Church, we briefly considered the fact that God took a Sabbath from his work before sin became an everyday part of the world. Since then, it’s humans that take the Sabbath, not God.

Here on the blog, we’re going to keep talking about Sabbath until more people are actually practicing it.

To motivate you to faithfulness in this area, we’ve got a number of different options.

A review on a book about why “Rest Works.”

Or, an excerpt from Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time.

There’s a whole swath of good stuff to get you thinking (and doing) about the Sabbath over at The High Calling. Check out, “Reclaiming Sabbath Keeping.”

Sunday Follow-Up

On Sunday, February 17, 2012, Pastor Chelsey shared another of the biblical images of God. You can hear “As a Father Carries His Son” from Deuteronomy 1.19-2.1a on our Church website.

“I Will Not Let You Go” is the true story of a father loving, struggling, disciplining and learning about carrying his son– all the while falling more in love with the Heavenly Father.

What are the images of God that sustain and encourage you?

This post is a follow up to a sermon preached at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC.

There is a time for everything… keep the right perspective.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens…

-Ecclesiastes 3.1

Change is inevitable. Change is what makes life happen. God works change in our hearts, we work change in our lives as we follow after God. Change is challenge as well as opportunity.

Craig Goodwin reminds us of this truth in “A Time to Plant and a Time to Uproot.” God can do some pretty cool things in your growing season.

Ready to accept that change is coming, whether you like it or not? Then follow RIchard Dahlstrom’s words on having the right perspective.

For a sample of handling life transitions well, check out this advice from Simple Marriage on making the most of your move with your spouse: “Making the Most of Moving Together.”

The writer in Ecclesiastes 3 does a lot of reflecting on God and how God is at work through life’s changes, and he comes to this conclusion:

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

-Ecc 3.14

Not all changes come from God, but we can rest assured that whatever God does in the midst of the changing seasons of life is meant for our good.

This post provides inspiration, a challenge and ideas on how to handle life transitions and change.