Holidays Articles

Dr. Jack Graham: The Fierce Faith of a Mother

On the eve of this day set apart to honor the mothers and mother figures in our lives, my mind turns to a woman of fierce faith we read about in the apostle Matthew's Gospel. We do not know her name, but her words and actions were so incredible, so audacious, that...
A Christmas Reflection from the Highway

A Christmas Reflection from the Highway

As I was driving on Highway 99 South in my home state of California one morning, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament, long before He was born.Of course we know of Jesus' birth from the New Testament gospels. But centuries before...

3 Promises of Peace to Calm Your Pre-Christmas Anxiety

3 Promises of Peace to Calm Your Pre-Christmas Anxiety

Bethlehem was all hustle and bustle as people from all over returned to pay their taxes. Street vendors saw the opportunity and likely set up early. Inn managers were a mix of excited and stressed as their rooms filled to capacity. Tax collectors saw dollar signs as...

Weathering the Storm

Weathering the Storm

If we are honest, it has been a painfully challenging year. For some of us, our lives will be forever changed because of losses we have experienced. Medi-Share's spiritual development team shares personal stories and practical tips on dealing with stress, grief and...

Christmas Lights, Hanukkah Lights and Jesus

Christmas Lights, Hanukkah Lights and Jesus

John 8:12 (NIV): "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"The birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated by Christians around the world on December 25....

A Most Special Gift to Receive, Treasure and Give

A Most Special Gift to Receive, Treasure and Give

Have you ever looked at the people involved in what we call the first Christmas and wondered what they thought at that moment in time? (References in Matthew 1 and 2, Luke 2) Think of these people:Mary—she had an angel, Gabriel, greet her and call her favored....

Hanukkah and The Motel 6

Hanukkah and The Motel 6

People all over the world are lighting menorahs as they celebrate Hanukkah, also known as the Feast of Dedication or the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is the celebration of the recovery of Jerusalem and the rededication of the Second Temple during the Maccabean revolt...

Three Reminders for Cultivating Gratitude

Three Reminders for Cultivating Gratitude

It's easy during the holidays to lose perspective and forget how much God has blessed us. Luke 17 tells the story of 10 men who had much for which to give thanks. As lepers, they were complete outcasts. You couldn't get any lower in society at this particular time in...

Giving God Thanks After Being Robbed

Giving God Thanks After Being Robbed

One of my favorite stories about maintaining a thankful heart comes from the respected Bible commentator Matthew Henry. At a certain point in his walk with God, he made a commitment to always abide by the often-quoted biblical command:"In everything give thanks, for...

Giving Thanks Biblically at Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks Biblically at Thanksgiving

As Americans prepare for Thanksgiving, it's important to look at not only what we have to give thanks for but what the origins of giving thanks are. Of course Americans know that the first Thanksgiving was a joyous celebration of the bounty, which the Pilgrims had...

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Here in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving in November; a time for family and friends to gather with an attitude of gratitude. Can I encourage you to have an attitude of gratitude as a daily routine? Do we look for God in all our moments, in every situation?...

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