God Gives Good Gifts

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:9-11)

Notice the exclamation point at the end of the above verse. Let’s say it again: God gives good gifts to those who ask Him! Don’t ever forget that awesome truth.

Joy to the World!

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

As I sat down to write this post, I felt a combination of fear, dread and grumbliness. The (admittedly lame) reason? I suddenly realized that I have approximately 2,894,327 days’ worth of work to finish before the end of the year.

God wants to replace our fear, dread and grumbles with JOY. Here’s what the angel said to the shepherds when he announced Jesus’ birth:

Joe’s Story

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Let’s say you’re just a regular Joe. You live in a small town. You’re a carpenter. You’re engaged to be married to a nice girl. Life’s pretty ordinary.

But then something extra-ordinary happens. One day, your fiancée comes to you and says something like: “I’m pregnant. But don’t worry — I’m still a virgin. It’s God’s baby. Isn’t that awesome?”

How would you react?

Mary’s Song

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Yesterday, we considered Christmas from Mary’s perspective. Rather than run from the angel’s rather startling pronouncement that she would be the mother of God’s Son, she embraced it.

Her experience as God’s humble servant is best expressed in her own song — known as The Magnificat — captured beautifully in the Gospel of Luke. Here’s an excerpt:

Mary’s Story

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Imagine for a moment that you’re a rather ordinary young girl living in a rather ordinary small town. You’re doing rather ordinary things on a rather ordinary day when all of a sudden, an angel appears out of nowhere and gives you a really very incredibly extra-ordinary message: you will soon give birth to God’s Son.

How on earth would you react? Think about that as you read Mary’s story …

Christmas Facts

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

In researching material for this countdown, I stumbled across loads of facts and figures about Christmas. Here’s just a sampling:

Feeling Grinchy?

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTODWN 2020 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

God sent a guy named John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus. He shouted to everyone who would listen: