A friend of mine posted the following short video on facebook and I thought it was a great contemporary way of sharing the story of Jesus' birth. It's the Christmas story told through facebook. :) This artistic take on how the story may have read had a social network existed back then is a brilliant way of modernizing this classic moment in our history and at the same time bridging the generation gap.
I have heard the following statement on more than one occasion: "the Bible is outdated at best and it's messages can't relate to modern day life". I don't believe that to be true at all. The people who make this claim simply refuse to apply the Bible's teachings to their own life because of the possible repercussions it would have and are missing out on all of the good God has to offer them! Though the Bible was written centuries ago, it's Truth has not gone out of style. Contemporary ways of looking at the scriptures - like this video - help us to see that times may have changed, but the Truth still remains the same. (Hebrews 13:8)
Christmas is this weekend and my hope and prayer is that you don't get caught up in the commercial side of the holiday but that you remember the true reason for the season. Don't get me wrong, it is wonderful to give and receive gifts at Christmas but if that becomes the holiday's main focus, then we need to take a step back and remind ourselves that God is the one who makes all blessings possible and that His gift of salvation is the only gift our heart needs and that without Him all of the other joys in life would not be possible.
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To a friend, your heart.
To family, love.
To a stranger, a smile.
To those in need, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
I sincerely hope that you have a Merry Christmas and a year full of blessings in 2011!