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Open the Gift

on Friday, December 25, 2015 | Category: Holiday

Open the Gift
I’m usually pretty good at guessing what my Christmas gifts are going to be if they are given by my family. One of the reasons is that I give them a wish list and they usually get me what I ask for. My daughter, Kelly, is also good at guessing her gifts. We have a photo, though, of her opening the gift of her first mobile phone as a 7th grader and it captures the joy and excitement of being totally caught off guard by this unexpected gift. If you will “open the gift” you have been given, I guarantee you will be opening a new chapter in your life sure to bring you unexpected joy. 
 
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Return the Gift

on Thursday, December 24, 2015 | Category: Holiday

Return the Gift
On this day after Christmas, millions of people are rushing to the malls to "Return the Gift." Their reasons vary from it doesn't fit to I just don't like it. All month long we've been looking at "The Gift" we've been given and how to "Accept" it, "Protect it," and "Wrap it" among other things. Today let's look at how to "Return the Gift" to the Gift Giver. Paul writes in Romans 11:29 "The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable." In other words, once He gives them He doesn't take them back. So the way you "Return the Gift" on this day after Christmas is to start to "Develop the Gift," "Mature the Gift," and then "Release the Gift." After all, God has a no return policy on the gifts He gives so you need "Give the Gift" you've been given to others. And that's how you "Return the Gift."

Protect the Gift

on Thursday, December 24, 2015 | Category: Holiday

Protect the Gift
I stand amazed at people who have an understanding of what their gift is and how it is to be protected in order be of most benefit to the world. Can you imagine Rembrandt painting houses? No, he would “protect the gift” of his artistic expression because he had a dream of bringing biblical scenes to life. Now if your gift is painting houses, do it like Rembrandt and make it a work of art so that when the owners of the house come home they will sense the love and artistic care that went into creating a new canvas of color for them to live out their dreams. 

 

 

Understand the Gift

on Thursday, December 24, 2015 | Category: Holiday

Understand the Gift
An angel announces the miraculous conception that is going to take place in your womb. Your pregnant cousin's in utero baby leaps for joy upon your arrival prompting Elizabeth to prophesy over you. Your betrothed also has a dream confirming your historic pregnancy. Shepherds tell an amazing story of angels appearing to them on the night of your son's birth. Wise Men from the East follow a star to come and worship your son and bring him expensive gifts.

Present the Gift

on Thursday, December 24, 2015 | Category: Holiday

Present the Gift
According to Hebrew law, a male child is to be presented to The Lord with an appropriate sacrifice after the time of the mother's purification. So Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple in obedience to the law of their faith. While they were there, both Simeon and Anna prophesied over the Christ Child. Like Joseph and Mary, we also need to 'Present the Gift' we have received by giving it back to the Lord. By this act of our will we are saying to the Lord “not my will but yours be done” in and through this gift you have given to me.
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