The Best of 2016

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I sure hope you had an enjoyable Christmas, and in the midst of all the “extras” you were able to celebrate Jesus, and cherish His presence in your life.

I’m taking this week off of work and blog writing to:

  1. Evaluate my choices and actions in 2016, and
  2. Find out how I can even more intentionally grow closer to Jesus in 2017, and do all He wants me to do.

In the process of evaluating 2016, I thought I would share my personal favorite posts, where I learned the most, and want most desperately to live out the truth shared.

Here they are – I invite you to check them or “recheck” them out. (Click on the title to see the post.)

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What’s on your mind this Christmas?

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Behold.

I really never thought about this word that means “to think about”.

But the angel who shocked the shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth found it important to include. He wanted the shepherds “to think about” the Good News of Jesus.

I “think” he’d still want us to think about the Good News today. A lot.

The shepherds saw an angel, and then they saw Jesus face-to-face.

It’s easier for me to think about things or people I’ve seen.

Have you ever thought, “Oh if only I could see Jesus face-to-face! I mean, the shepherds got to be with Him, but if I wanna get to know Him, I’ve gotta read this big book that I often don’t understand.”

Likewise, shepherds can easily spend all day thinking about Jesus. All they do is watch sheep. I’m a lot busier.

I think the two main obstacles to our “beholding Jesus” and getting to know just how good of news it is that He came to save us are:

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Overcoming Rejection this Christmas

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When I read Bible stories, I always wonder what every character in the story is thinking and feeling. I always wonder how I would have felt if I would’ve been in their sandals.

This week, I did a lot of thinking about the shepherds. For some reason, I always picture them around a campfire at night, like in a good western cowboy movie. I pictured the shepherds around the fire on the night of Jesus’ birth, and imagined what must have been going through their minds, like on any other night, just before the angel appeared.

I think we can learn 4 things from what the shepherds where possibly thinking:

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What does God want for Christmas?

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It’s Christmas. Time to give gifts.

Have you decided what you’re going to give God yet? 🙂

It’s a lot easier to come up with gift ideas for people you know well than it is for mere acquaintances, isn’t it? Thankfully, we can know God through His Word, and here’s what He says in His Word that He wants:

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