Christmas in Four Words
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2018 Nov 30
Tomorrow we begin our Advent Journey called "Christmas Promises." Here's the intro to the series:
That’s not just a slogan.
That’s Christmas in four words.
Thousands of years ago God made a promise to send a Savior to the world. Centuries passed, history rolled on, and God repeated his promise many times.
Parents told their children, “One day Messiah will come!”
The children told their children, ‘One day Messiah will come!”
Those children told their children, “One day Messiah will come!”
The word passed from generation to generation: “Get ready! God is sending a Savior to the world!” Galatians 4:4 tells us that “when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son.” The phrase “had fully come” speaks of something that is complete and fully developed, like a pregnant woman feeling labor pains, ready to deliver her baby. It describes the moment in history when all things were in place, when all the pieces were on the board, that one moment when the stage was perfectly set. At that moment, not earlier and not later, God sent forth his Son.
At Bethlehem God kept his promise.
A baby was born who would be the Savior of the world.
This year’s Advent journey is all about Christmas promises. Each day we’ll look at a promise that came true because Christ came to the earth. It’s important to remind ourselves of these promises because it’s easy to forget our blessings.
Our journey has three parts:
Journey to New Life (December 1-8)
Journey to New Hope (December 9-20)
Journey to New Joy (December 21-25)
Each devotional ends with a prayer and a link to a YouTube video of a Christmas song. I hope you’ll take time to read the prayer out loud and then watch the video. Those two things will point your heart in the right direction.
I’m going to do a Facebook Live video at 8 AM CT each morning. You can watch it on my Facebook page.
Can you really put Christmas in four words? Yes, you can.
Let’s take an Advent journey through those promises and ask God to build our faith each day.
This may turn out to be your best Christmas ever!
Click here to download your free copy of "Christmas Promises."