Faith

What Would You Ask For This Christmas?

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”80%” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]My good friend, Kevin Senapatiratne, travels around North America encouraging Christians in prayer through his ministry Christ Connection and books like Enjoying Prayer and his revised edition of Charles Finney’s Lectures on Revival. I shared this guest post on his blog this week. [/dropshadowbox]

 

Christmas is a season filled with every kind of emotion. It contains some of the greatest highlights of the year, while there are those who find it bothersome, a lot of work, and even discouraging.

Jesus came to share God’s gifts of love, joy, hope, peace, and good news. We celebrate and have incredibly happy moments with family and friends. But there are times when all we feel are the burdens, worries, and stresses of the season.

One of the craziest elements about Christmas is presents. Gift giving can be extreme stressful, even though it is often born out of love. “What will we get them? How much should we spend? Which style should I wrap it in? Will they even like?” I wonder how much the Wise Men worried over the gifts they brought to the newborn King.

It can also be hard to receive gifts. To make things easier, we prefer to ask for certain things. It’s better to nudge towards something we’d really enjoy than be ungrateful for the gift from a friend or loved one. What if we took the time to ask God for gifts in our lives?

Continue reading at www.ChristConnection.com 

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Restoring a Relationship of Love

Conclusion. When it comes to love, redemption is not enough. To buy back, to own, is not the end of the plan. There is one step left. Without this step the great Lover cannot receive what they long for. It empowers the “happily ever after” and it comes at a price.

http://www.audiomack.com/embed4/chrismackinnon/restoring-a-relationship-of-love

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True Love, Abandoned and Heartbroken

Part 3. Hosea fell in love with and married a beautiful woman and had children together. But Hosea’s wife ran off to be with another, leaving him heartbroken. Amazingly, even God’s heart can be broken when He is rejected or people leave Him. But when others claimed Hosea’s wife and God’s people, both were willing to pay the cost to bring back the ones they loved.

http://www.audiomack.com/embed4/chrismackinnon/true-love-abandoned-and-heartbroken

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Running from Love

Part 2. The prophet’s love story doesn’t jump to “happily ever after”. As children were born to them, God used their names to proclaim difficult messages to Israel. But these messages also affected his bride, who eventually gave up and run away from true love. Both Gomer and Israel fell into the traps of Satan, traps we can avoid and protect ourselves from running from the love of God.

http://www.audiomack.com/embed4/chrismackinnon/running-from-love