Not nostalgia, not tradition, not trees. Grace is what continually draws us into celebrating Christmas, year after year. Giving is what makes Christmas great. It’s a wonderful feeling to give a gift without expecting anything in return. This is a good way for us to understand God’s grace—His gifts come with no strings attached.
Grace is God's demonstration of love. It is acceptance without reservation, forgiveness without condemnation, and pardon without probation. Let's seek to understand God's free gift of grace.
Because of God's work on our behalf, Christians now have the hope of redemption by grace through faith.
Good works stand as a testimony to the saving work God has already done in our lives.
Jesus has brought peace between God and people by breaking down the barrier between us.
Because Christ brought peace, we now have access to God through Him, joining other believers as part of His family on earth.
One definition for family is “a museum of memories.” As you think of your family what pictures hang in the gallery of your mental images? What kind of memories are you creating for your family now?
Paul's example and his message provide reason for us to feel secure in God's hands, that we might not suffer discouragement before Him.
The Apostle Paul prayed to God on the Ephesians' behalf that they would be filled with the love of Christ and the strength of His Spirit.
There is one common analogy used throughout the New Testament regarding the local church. It is not a business, farm, team, school, or hospital, though those word pictures are frequently used by us to convey various dimensions of congregational life. The most often used analogy is that of a family. God is our Father; we are called His offspring—sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, even fellow heirs.