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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Why Celebrate?

celebrating Christmas, was Christ born on December 25
Although it doesn't reference holidays, Deuteronomy 11 provides good reasons for having them. 

We need constant reminders of God's story. 

“Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the LORD and serve and worship other gods ... commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates..."

Holidays are one way we remind ourselves and our children about God's story of love and redemption. It's not important to know the actual day of Christ's birth,* but it's critically important to remember why His birth changed our lives. 

Are you focusing on Christ this Christmas? Ask God to help you "commit yourselves wholeheartedly" to His words and purposes. 

*Some Christians don't celebrate Christ's birth on December 25th because they feel historical records show He was born on another day. But the day is not important. If we adopted a child without a known birth date, we would still create a day to celebrate his/her birth because the date is not as important as the person. The same is true for Christ. I prefer to celebrate His birth at the time when most of the world celebrates, others may prefer a date they feel is historically correct. The important thing is that we celebrate!

Bible Study 

meaning of Christmas
1. Read these first 7 verses of Deuteronomy 11 and note that God wanted the people to remind their children not only of his greatness and power and the way he had rescued them from the Egyptians, but He also wanted them to remind their children of the ways He has disciplined them.  Consider the importance of transmitting this truth to each generation.


Deuteronomy 11:1-7: “You must love the Lord your God and always obey his requirements, decrees, regulations, and commands. 2 Keep in mind that I am not talking now to your children, who have never experienced the discipline of the Lord your God or seen his greatness and his strong hand and powerful arm. 3 They didn’t see the miraculous signs and wonders he performed in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his land. 4 They didn’t see what the Lord did to the armies of Egypt and to their horses and chariots—how he drowned them in the Red Sea as they were chasing you. He destroyed them, and they have not recovered to this very day! 5 “Your children didn’t see how the Lord cared for you in the wilderness until you arrived here. 6 They didn’t see what he did to Dathan and Abiram (the sons of Eliab, a descendant of Reuben) when the earth opened its mouth in the Israelite camp and swallowed them, along with their households and tents and every living thing that belonged to them. 7 But you have seen the Lord perform all these mighty deeds with your own eyes!

2. Are there things you do in your home and with your family that serve as reminders of God's faithfulness and love? If not, consider how you can create some reminders.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21: So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.
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