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  • Prescription For Overcoming Holiday Stress

    Contributed by Jim Twamley on Mar 25, 2003
    based on 25 ratings
     | 2,560 views

    The Christmas season should bring us joy and warm our souls, but more often than not, it brings heartburn and stress, headache and depression. Holiday stress will make this most wonderful time of year a miserable mess, if you let it.

    PRESCRIPTION FOR OVERCOMING HOLIDAY STRESS The Christmas season should bring us joy and warm our souls, but more often than not, it brings heartburn and stress, headache and depression. Holiday stress will make this most wonderful time of year a miserable mess, if you let it. In ...read more

  • How To Handle Holiday Stress

    Contributed by Matthew Rogers on Dec 10, 2001
    based on 469 ratings
     | 88,117 views

    By looking at the story of Jesus in the home of Mary and Martha we find what is really "needed" during the Christmas holiday season.

    December 6, 1998 INTRODUCTION A little boy and a little girl were singing their favorite Christmas carol in church the Sunday before Christmas. The boy concluded “Silent Night” with the words, “sleep in heavenly beans.” His sister elbowed him, and said, “No. Not beans, peas!” The way ...read more

  • How To Beat The Holiday Stress

    Contributed by Pat Damiani on Jan 4, 2010
     | 1,613 views

    How focusing on the incarnation can help us avoid the stress of the holiday season.

    This week I ran across a popular on-line Christmas card that probably summarizes the feelings of many people about the stress of the Christmas season. It read: Oh my gosh it’s almost here Santa and his Christmas cheer I still have so much to do Already I’m becoming unglued Scurrying about ...read more

  • Overcoming Christmas Stress

    Contributed by John Hamby on Dec 1, 2003
    based on 114 ratings
     | 7,685 views

    Four simple principles for overcoming Holiday stress taken from the story of Martha and Mary.

    Overcoming Christmas Stress Luke 10:38-42 Whether you like it our not, whether you are prepared or not, the Christmas Season is upon us! This past Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, is the known as the busiest shopping day of the year. I overheard one ...read more

  • Stress On Earth, Humbug Toward Men

    Contributed by Richard Goble on Nov 29, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,298 views

    Holiday stress can be dealt with by keeping our minds focused on what is really important. Here we examine three biblical principles that will help us maintain that focus, and allow us to enjoy a truly stress-free celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Title: Stress On Earth, Humbug Toward Men Text: Luke 10:38-42 Experts tell us that while the Christmas holidays are an exciting time for worship and family, not all people have the same happy experiences. During this season some talk of having the blues, many experience more severe forms of ...read more

  • Unwrapping God's Peace Series

    Contributed by John Harvey on Dec 16, 2004
    based on 21 ratings
     | 1,284 views

    As the shepherds were told by the angels of the birth of Jesus, they had to make a decision to act on the information. We too must look for God in everyday events, know that God’s plan is for peace and then do what God tells us.

    “Unwrapping God’s Peace” 12/19/04 Intro: Only 5 shopping days left until Christmas! Are you finished? Do you have to face the crowds at the mall? How about the traffic? What parties do you still have left to buy a “white elephant” gift for? Sometimes it seems like Christmas will never get ...read more

  • The Good Part Of Christmas

    Contributed by Don Schultz on Dec 11, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 758 views

    How to deal with the stress of the holidays.

    Luke 10: 38-41 “The Good Part of Christmas” Are the Christmas holidays the most peaceful time of the year, a time when you finally get to experience some peace in your life – is that Christmas? “Sleep in heavenly peace,” goes the hymn. “Peace on earth,” the angels sang. “Christmas is my ...read more

  • A Mistletoe Message

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Dec 27, 2005
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,524 views

    Reconciliation is a choice we need to make if we’re serious about the message of Christmas.

    “A Mistletoe Message” Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts. Christmas Eve devotional During our “Hanging of the Greens” one of our deacons was wondering whether to place a large ribbon over the doorway leading upstairs. The concern was whether it might ...read more

  • Go, Tell It On The Mountain Series

    Contributed by Victor Yap on Nov 21, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 6,969 views

    Christmas

    GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAINS (LUKE 2:8-20) The two weekends before Christmas are the busiest days of the year for the mall and the stores, for ordering and mailing, and for dining and catering. In Southern California alone, more than 20 million cards and letters and 1.5 million packages are ...read more

  • Mary And Martha

    Contributed by Wes Hamilton on Apr 11, 2007
    based on 54 ratings
     | 15,936 views

    The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Day have become a frantic, anxiety filled dash through the holidays. It all happens so fast that we hardly remember any of it!

    Mary and Martha Luke 10:38-42 Intro: A couple of weeks ago I was watching one of the morning news shows and the reporter began her segment with an urgent warning, There are only 65 more shopping days until Christmas! …and she wasn’t kidding. What was really sad was that it actually ...read more

  • Dealing With Holiday Emotions

    Contributed by Jerry Flury on Dec 13, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 3,610 views

    The myriad of emotions as Christmas create a time of stress, conflict, frustration, and dissatisfaction. How do we deal with these emotions?

    DEALING WITH HOLIDAY EMOTIONS LUKE 10:38-42 Introduction: Perhaps no other season lends itself to such a myriad of emotions as Christmas. The holidays can be a time of stress, conflict, frustration, and dissatisfaction causing emotions to intensify. Holiday Stress for many is all too real. ...read more

  • Unwrap The Gift Of Christmas

    Contributed by Richard Burkey on May 19, 2005
    based on 10 ratings
     | 8,607 views

    This Christmas unwrap the gift that Jesus brings into your heart and life.

    Unwrap the Gift of Christmas December 24, 2004 Luke 2:10-12 (New International Version) 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 ...read more

  • City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks Series

    Contributed by Matthew Rogers on Dec 10, 2001
    based on 428 ratings
     | 13,498 views

    In the midst of the busyness of humanity, and their journey to nowhere, God makes an astounding promise.

    Soon It Will Be Christmas Day – Part 1 December 9, 2001 INTRODUCTION The popular Christmas song, “Silver Bells,” begins with the familiar words, “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks.” That picture is certainly accurate at Christmas time. The city sidewalks are busy sidewalks filled with ...read more

  • Finding Rest

    Contributed by Josh Reich on Feb 13, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,060 views

    In the midst of the holiday season, we talk about peace and yet our lives are moving at incredible rates of speed. How do we slow down in our world and experience the peace God promises?

    As I was thinking this past week about what to talk about, I decided to share with you a little about where I am in my spiritual journey and what God has been showing me recently. No matter how I live throughout the year, every year around the holidays I find myself tired. Have you ever thought ...read more