Daily Surrender (December 18, 2015)

Daily Surrender (December 18, 2015)

Here’s your daily dose of blog posts, inspirational quotes and a video, that will help you think more Biblically and challenge you to surrender daily to your Savior.

Today on the Daily Surrender: Stop lying about Santa!, The real story of St. Nick, Incredible story behind “I heard the bells on Christmas day” and more…

Relational Evangelism? Once you have a person’s heart, as Jesus so wonderfully illustrated time and time again in John’s Gospel (his dealings with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman are just two examples), you can tell him anything. One can do that almost immediately in any conversation by asking thought-provoking questions and by listening intently to the person’s answers.

THE TRUE STORY OF PAIN AND HOPE BEHIND “I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY” On Christmas day, 1863, Longfellow—a 57-year-old widowed father of six children, the oldest of which had been nearly paralyzed as his country fought a war against itself—wrote a poem seeking to capture the dynamic and dissonance in his own heart and the world he observes around him. He heard the Christmas bells that December day and the singing of “peace on earth” (Luke 2:14), but he observed the world of injustice and violence that seemed to mock the truthfulness of this optimistic outlook.

White Lies and Santa Claus I want my children to grow up knowing that their dad never, ever lies to them. About anything. The precious attributes of God’s omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, are grotesquely caricatured by Santa-lore. Consider the lyrics that describe what our children think of this demagogue: “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.”

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