Is Jesus Really
“The Reason for the Season?”
According to the National Retail Federation, 2017 saw $687.9 billion in holiday spending and 2018 is projected at $717.5-$720.9 billion.
Obviously, the holidays are a BIG DEAL. Just follow the dollars. But Jesus…? Between Halloween and a commercialized Christmas, He doesn’t get much attention does He?
Stop for a Minute
Zoom out in your mind’s eye and take a look at the “anthill” of humanity. Watch the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and preparations: new electronics purchased, boxes upon boxes of decorations, tons of special foods, SUGAR!, holiday parties, holiday fights, holiday loneliness…the story is the same story that’s been happening for years.
Is there any point to all this? Or are we just highly evolved “ants” trying pack as much enjoyment as possible into a meaningless life?
Don’t miss the point!
Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Paul puts it this way in Colossians 1:17-18: “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Preeminence = the first place)
Our Generations team is inviting you to join us for a four-week holiday teaching series where we’ll go into exciting, non-legalistic, non-dogoody detail on how to put Christ first in this holiday season.
The Big View: Getting Back to J.O.Y.
Dealing with Distractions (Part 1): The Me-Me-Me Monster & Martha Syndrome
Dealing with Distractions (Part 2): Family Conflicts…Maybe They’re A Good Thing???
Gifts and Gratitude: How They Work together and How to Cultivate Gratefulness in Your Home
The Icing on the Cake
When you sign up for the 2018 “Jesus First” teaching series you’ll also receive access to:
A 5-Question Holiday Gift-Giving Guide
Our team created this downloadable questions-based, gift-giving guide to help you narrow down on the gifts that mean the most and have the most Christ-honoring, redemptive value in the lives of your loved ones.
Attendee-only discounts and flash deals on gifts options focused on strengthening the faith of every member of your family.
4 weeks of product giveaways and free resources from Generations.
Extra 10% Off
An EXTRA 10% coupon that you can use on any $50+ order through Dec. 22. Note: That includes our huge Cyber Monday sale Nov. 26 (open to everyone) AND all 4 weeks of attendee-only discounts.
The “anthill,” Mr. Scrooge, or Jesus: which will it be?
Your family will spend your holiday season in one of 3 different ways:
You could join the it’s-all-about-me frenzy with the rest of the culture.
You could reject the frenzy and do nothing. Opt out. Not follow the crowd. (That’s what any good conservative would do, right?)
Or you could give Jesus the first place
whether you celebrate Christmas or not and experience a “more abundant” celebration of life in Him!
“Giving Jesus the ‘first place’ sounds great but…”
But what does that actually mean for you and your family tomorrow, right? If you’re not sure or if you needs some fresh encouragement join us for our 2018 “Jesus First” series. This might just be “review” for you. Or this might help your family “turn a corner” in your relationship with Christ and each other. Who knows?