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What does Christmas mean to you? Times with family and friends? Perhaps carols, cards, television specials. Maybe hectic shopping, parties, and eating too much. All these and more are part of North American Christmas. But what about the first Christmas? Why is the original story—the baby in a manger, shepherds, wise men, angels—important, if at all? May I invite you to consider eight reasons why the original Christmas story matters, even to you? You may not agree with all of them, but perhaps they will stimulate your thinking and maybe even kindle some feelings that resonate with that famous story. Read more: https://thoughts-about-god.com/christmas_/rw_christmasstory
Written by Rusty Wright from ThoughtsAboutGod.com
ShieldLock seeks to support parents with encouragement, prayer and practical tools as they navigate the issues that the enemy is using to bring down this young generation. Raising healthy families in a high-tech world has become more and more difficult. The ever-increasing presence of social media and 24-7 high-speed connections to endless media has dramitically impacted students. With such struggles as anxiety, addictive behavior, depression, self-harm, fear, etc, at epidemic levels, we believe this is a crucial effort. Parents can have a setting to talk through challenges and successes in order to receive support, prayer, helpful tools and encouragement for healthy family life and thriving faith. Being part of ShieldLock does't mean one is thriving or struggling but just that one who cares enough to work together to do everything possible to influence the next generation for Christ. Be part of this brief time every week and let's support each other and pray for this generation together!
Teens are facing unprecedented challenges in today's culture. More connected digitally but more lonely and depressed than ever before. Addictive behavior is out of control. Anxiety and fear can be crippling along with comparison, stress, pressures and temptation. Our culture says to medicate, escape and numb through any number of means from drugs to food to Netflix; however none of these things help the root problems and actually make things worse. Thrive seeks to give support, encouragement and practical tools to teens and young adults to enable positive handling of stress, wise choices, new patterns and healthy living. Come check it out! Each Sunday night at 6pm at Atonement.