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Christmas is a wonderful time to cultivate a heart for the Lord in your family! Children are only in your home for a short time, it is important to take advantage of every opportunity to instill the things of God inside of them and nurture good habits. This year we invite you and your family on a Journey to Christmas! Each day there is a short Bible reading that you can do as a family as well as a family activity. Some activities will reinforce the Bible truths while others will draw you closer together as a family. Each day also includes Bible reading for you! Cultivate a deeper heart for the Lord this Christmas in your personal life as you walk through the gospel of John.

Merry Christmas!
Rick Renner

How to Use This Resource

“Journey to Christmas” is all about Jesus. This 28-day Christmas devotional includes a Bible reading plan that magnifies the names of Jesus and can be used as part of your family devotions. Each day also includes a family activity to help you draw closer together as a family and keep Christ the center of all you do this holiday season. Activities can be modified to do with friends!

Pastor Rick’s Bible Reading and Other Helpful Tips:

• Pray before you read your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
• Pray as you read your Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to plant what you are reading deep into your heart and soul.
• Pray every day for a few minutes with your spouse.
• Pray with your children before they leave the house.
• Pray before you drive your car or travel on any other means of transportation.

Tips for Family Devotions:

• Set expectations for the time of devotions, where you will gather, and at what time.
• Ensure your children know this is a serious time, and that you would like them to treat it with honor and respect.
• Have a basket ready to collect mobile devices to create a distraction-free time in the Word.
• Ask older children and teens to bring their own Bible, a notebook, and pen.
• Give young children and toddlers a Bible picture book, stuffed animal, or small, quiet toy to keep them engaged.

Tips for Engaging With Family Devotions!

1. Pray – pray together as a family.
2. Read – read the daily Bible verse from different translations and rotate who reads.
3. Discuss – ask questions and encourage your kids to ask too!
4. Engage – for older children, give them homework of writing in their journal and reflecting on the discussion and Bible truths shared. For younger children, read Bible picture books or play with a Nativity scene during the day to engage them further.
5. Create – make Christmas cards, decorate the tree, bake Jesus a cake! Find fun ways to engage with the Bible reading that help point your children and yourself to Christ.
6. Memorize – create a family challenge to memorize some of the verses you are discussing or the entire Christmas story as found in Luke 2.

Example:
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He is the Lamb of God – John 1:29-31 (KJV)

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Family Activity:

Craft stars from construction paper and write the names of Jesus on each one. Place them in a window or string them up in a room where you and your family can see them and continue to talk about them.

Older children and teens: Journal the names of Jesus and Bible verses that they will be studying the next few weeks. Encourage them to write down questions and spend time reflecting on that aspect of who Jesus is.