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12 Ways of Christmas for Family Discipleship

It’s Christmas time, but unfortunately it’s all too easy to lose focus on Christ even though we’re supposed to be celebrating his birth. This season can bring both stresses and joys, and it also can bring many opportunities for family discipleship. Here are my “Twelve Ways of Christmas.” Consider including a few of these into your Christmas season—and enjoy the gifts that come from family discipleship.

Casting Crowns - 'Make Room' (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher

Tapping the talents of Matt Maher, Casting Crowns creates a song that takes the event of The Nativity and points that to the listener.  Are YOU making room for the New King?

Watch the music video for “Make Room (feat. Matt Maher)” by Casting Crowns. Merry Christmas!

Matthew West - 'The Hope of Christmas' (Official Music Video)

As 2020 draws to a close, five-time GRAMMY nominated artist Matthew West was tasked with writing a song especially for Christmas.  But what kind of Christmas song would be appropriate after such a difficult year?
His single, "Hope of Christmas" is actually the perfect song!  See for yourself!

5 Ways to Have a Merry Christmas in Your Marriage

It’s wild how the holidays can bring out such intense sides to our personality.  In our marriages, the rush, the expectations, the schedule and the cookie induced sugar buzz can really make for some stressful—potentially explosive—situations.

All families struggle with the extremes the celebrations bring out of and on us! Here’s a few tips to help you navigate the season...

Chris Tomlin - Behind The Album 'Adore: Christmas Songs Of Worship'

Chris Tomlin released his first Christmas album in six years - and with a unique approach.  This is a live worship-style Christmas album!

With names like Crowder and Lauren Daigle added to the guest roster, Chris takes us behind the scenes of the album as a whole to show us how such an undertaking as this came about. 

Danny Gokey - 'Mary Did You Know?' (Live Acoustic Sessions)

When you have a voice as golden as Danny Gokey's, it might be tough deciding which Christmas song is your favorite!  "I've been asked many times what my favorite Christmas song to perform is, and hands down I'd have to say 'Mary Did You Know'".

Here is the tender live acoustic performance of Danny Gokey singing his Christmas favorite, "Mary Did You Know?" 

3 Relationship Tips to Help You Survive the Holidays

Unique personalities, unusual circumstances, and unexpected issues can turn even the most anticipated holiday gatherings into a time of stress and exhaustion.

This Holiday Season, let’s do more than just “survive.” Let’s purpose to enjoy every single moment. It can done! I know I’m determined to make it happen and I hope these tips will encourage you as well...

10 Christmas Carols that Tell the Real Story of Christmas

The first few notes of “O Holy Night,” and the Peanuts singing, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” stir the true spirit of Christmas in our souls. Many of the Christmas Carols that have become part of the tapestry of our every December are woven from the very One who was, is, and always will be.

Here are 10 well-known Christmas carols whose lyrics tell the real meaning of Christmas

Living with Thanksgiving

Why do some people have such a negative feeling toward Thanksgiving?  Taking a look back at Thanksgivings past would reveal that we all have MUCH to be thankful for.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

What if Thanksgiving were the one day in which we over-emphasized what should be on our hearts every day of the year: a heart of gratitude in everything? What if our Thanksgiving prayer really thanked God for everything that has happened in the past year?

Video: Sara Groves Thanksgiving Video - "Settin' Up The Pins"

If your Thanksgiving is getting a little hectic, singer Sara Groves can totally relate and has a sweet solution for you!

This fun family music video will bring a breath of fresh air to your holiday heaviness.  It's a great reminder to take it ALL in stride!

Don’t Invite Your Expectations to Thanksgiving

Your family members are gathered for a Thanksgiving feast. As you enjoy delicious food and engaging conversation, you look out across the table and think of how thankful you are for this experience. It's all perfect, except for one thing.  It’s not real.

Here are some all-too-common scenarios that can burst the bubble of unrealistic expectations at Thanksgiving – and what you can do if you encounter them...

Have a Sizzling, Sparkling Fourth

On July 4th, the perfect party calls for friends, food, fireworks and plenty of red, white and blue. It's an easy party to pull off!  We've created a patriotic themed spread of sweet and savory treats to provide star-spangled fun for everyone!

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