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The Holiday Season can be like Goliath

Posted on November 28th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays

Christmas is represented as a time of sweet memories and eager expectations. At least that is Hallmark’s idea and the theme of the never ending Happy Holidays commercial offerings. But if Christmas does not first represent the reality of lost souls in need of redemption, holiday memories can become an overwhelming emotional giant just as Goliath was to the anxious Israelites. The human experience apart from Christ is not one of happiness that can be sustained. Holiday memories can bring dark, heavy clouds and painful, bittersweet heartaches. Christmases not focused.. read more

When presents become possessions

Posted on November 25th, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

The parable in Luke 12 tells of a rich man who had been so successful in his farming endeavors that he had run out of room to store his crops. That was good, right? He was financially secure. As he considered his options, one became attractive. The New Living Translation captures the mindset of our rich farmer: “Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say.. read more

Why Christmas? 50% off!

Posted on November 21st, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

“Why Christmas? provides an attractive, joyous, and rich overview of the meaning of the coming of Christ into the world. Parents and children alike will be grateful for the wealth of clear and biblically-faithful teaching this small book offers. To use this book with your children is to give them one of the best Christmas gifts they could ever receive.” —Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary “God coming to earth as a baby?! That’s as incredible as fitting an oil tanker into a bath.. read more

Easter is just around the corner!

Posted on February 15th, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

Why Easter? is 40% Off Easter comes early this year — March 27th. If you’re planning to use Why Easter? with your family, order now so that you’ll have it in time to begin using it on Sunday, February 28th. This illustrated devotional contains 28 lessons—one for each day of the four weeks leading up to Easter—in a short, focused format designed to help parents show the Christ of Easter to their children. Check out Why Easter? and the other products on special this week at Shepherd Press by clicking.. read more

Stop the insanity!

Posted on December 31st, 2015 · Posted in Holidays, Worldview

There is a popular definition for insanity that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and others. It goes like this: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Every January 1st, most of the world celebrates insanity. Times Square is filled with people who watch a crystal ball descend as midnight approaches. Millions more watch on television. When the ball ends its journey a massive celebration erupts. People are excited about the promise of a new calendar year. They hope the disappointments of.. read more

Looking for last-minute gifts? Why not give an eBook?

Posted on December 24th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

Shepherd Press ebooks are easy to give away. Once you have purchased the ebook, just send the link of the ebook to whomever you wish. For example if you wanted to give away 5 copies of our newest release, Noah, you would simply pay for 5 copies at checkout. After that you send the links to your recipients! That is the definition of easy. And this month you can take advantage of our 30% off site-wide sale, which includes all of our ebooks! This is a wonderful way to take.. read more

An ordinary girl

Posted on December 21st, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays, Teenagers

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, unexpectedly came face-to-face with the angel Gabriel. Mary was a young woman, quite possibly a teen-ager. To say that she was startled and taken aback would be a huge understatement. But Gabriel comforts her and then with a few spoken words turned her life upside down. She was going to become a mother. She was told her child would grow up to take the throne of King David and that his kingdom would have no end. This was not an ordinary conversation. Gabriel was.. read more

This weekend: 40% off our best selling books

Posted on December 18th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

This weekend, take 40% off our best selling books, including Shepherding a Child’s Heart (click here) Everything else is 30% off. Prices as marked. Order cutoff dates for delivery before Christmas: December 20th: Priority Mail December 21st: UPS 2-Day December 22nd: UPS Next Day

Is God make-believe, just like Santa?

Posted on December 17th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays, Parenting

This is a post that we offer each Christmas. I pray that it will serve as an encouragement. Here is a comment we received from a reader which underscores the focus of this post: “Like my 13 year old daughter said to me…”Mom, I’m afraid that one day I’ll figure out that God was really make-believe just like Santa is. Just a way for you to get me to behave.” Are you Santa’s helper? Your children know everything about you. They see when you are sleeping, they know when you have.. read more

Disappointing Gifts

Posted on December 14th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

December is here and that means Christmas gifts. When a gift is given that is a delightful surprise or a longed for treasure, all is well. The giver is happy, the recipient is thrilled, the tree seems  to be bigger and brighter. But when the desired gift does not appear, the tree is somehow not as pretty and spirits are dampened. And, of course, the disappointment of the missing  gift is not limited to children, mom & dad can know this ache as well. Not getting the gift that is wanted.. read more

A December Prayer

Posted on December 13th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

Dear Father, it’s busy in my life. Crowds are everywhere. My heart is busy, too many gifts, not enough money, not enough time. This month is supposed to be about you. But even at church I feel more busy than thankful for Christ. There are people to see, events to attend. All of this is supposed to be about Jesus, but it feels more like it’s all about me. It’s busy in my life. I ask you to fill my heart with the wonder of your mercy. I ask for.. read more

Gifts or bribes?

Posted on December 11th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

How to make sure you have a miserable Christmas. Giving gifts can be a dangerous activity, especially if you give gifts to yourself. No, I am not talking about the present under the tree that is labeled from you to you.  I am talking about the gifts you give to your wife or husband or your kids or others close to you. One example is giving a gift to someone for the pleasure of seeing how much you are appreciated. For example, you are feeling unappreciated by your wife. You.. read more

Christmas Light

Posted on December 10th, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays

The darkness of the world is total. When you are overcome by anger, resentment, bitterness, despair there is no light – only darkness. God has something better for you. People who are walking in darkness will see a great light. Light is the great promise of the Christ-child. As Isaiah proclaims, it is God who turns darkness into light. Take time to remind your children and yourself that life without Christ is deep, utter darkness. May God grant you faith to live by the light and turn from darkness. May.. read more

Is Christmas a time of peace?

Posted on December 9th, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays

  Peace on Earth is a phrase associated with Christmas. But then a quick survey of the planet brings the response, “Not so much!” Why is that? Could the promise of Peace on Earth be false? Let’s start with what was the proclamation that the angels made over 2,000 years ago: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 So, yes, peace on earth was promised. But to whom? The Holy Spirit does not speak in sound-bites. That.. read more

Why Merry Christmas

Posted on December 9th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

There is a compelling reason to celebrate the Advent. God’s angels burst into the night sky to praise the birth of Christ. In Luke 2 we read how the sky erupted with the praise of the angels: “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”” Then, in Revelation 5:11-14, we again read of the angels proclaiming the praises our Savior, the Lamb. Why is the.. read more

The forgotten Christmas message

Posted on December 6th, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays

The coming of Christ has greater significance than we can possibly imagine. Often lost in the Christmas rush is the comfort the coming of Christ means for mankind and for creation itself. His coming makes all things right. You can know comfort in the face of injustice. But also look at the message that Psalm 98 and Romans 8 reveal about creation. The groaning creation rejoices at the coming of its King. Without his coming, sin would so corrupt the Earth that it would collapse under its ugly weight. The.. read more

Why Christmas?

Posted on December 5th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

by Tedd Tripp Every Christian parent is on the lookout for good ways to teach their children the basic elements of the Christian faith. Why Christmas? and the companion book Why Easter? are illustrated books to aid parents in giving children insight into these profound events. Barbara Reaoch, International Director of Children’s Programs for Bible Study Fellowship, brings a lifetime of teaching experience to these devotional volumes. They are designed for daily reading times in the twenty-eight days leading up to Easter or Christmas. The devotional for each day inclues.. read more

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas

Posted on November 28th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

Happy Holidays is the sensitive, politically correct, caring greeting to offer from Thanksgiving Day until Happy Holiday Day. After Happy Holliday Day then it is fine form to actually say Happy New Year. No one seems to be offended at the prospect of celebrating parties, drunkenness and the fleeting hope that next year will be better than this year. Therefore, to offer a truly happy, non-offensive greeting all you have to do is to avoid the mention of anything that might possibly be a reference to Jesus Christ. But, then.. read more

A prayer for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 · Posted in Gratitude, Holidays, Worldview

O Lord my God, my Savior, I pray for a heart of thanksgiving for myself and for my family. Father, you are my reason for joy even when I fail. You are faithful when I am unfaithful. You promise heaven when I am consumed by the next hour. Protect me from my own selfish desires. I confess that I want what cannot satisfy. I confess that I would rather complain about what is not done than be grateful for what I can do. I confess that I am easily disappointed.. read more

The holiday noise

Posted on November 17th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays, Parenting

The holiday season is a challenge. One event blurs into another: shopping, parties, dinners, list making, school plays, church festivities, decorations. And did I mention shopping? The ones who are affected the most by this hectic pace are the very ones the season is supposedly all about – your children. When things are busy, the questions and concerns of children often lose importance. They are admonished to be patient and quiet because there is a lot to do. So their questions blend into the background noise of the holidays. But.. read more