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I Have a Gift For You This Christmas

I did something special for you this Christmas, I made you a gift.

It’s a gift that I pray it will bless you this Christmas season. It’s also a gift that you can give to your family and friends as you gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Today I sat down and made a special recording for you. This episode of “Now Is the Time” is an exclusive reading of my poem “The Word Is the Gift.” set to some inspiring Christmas background music.

It’s perfect for listening to on a quiet winters night with a cup of hot tea and open Bible!

This poem interweaves Scripture in a unique way with a poetic interpretive text.

You’ll find the entire text of John 1:1-14 weaved between the stanzas.

A Sample


 

He came to that which was his own But his own did not receive him

Too many too concerned with religious functions

Too many too comfortable with their powerful positions

Too few who could see through the man-made superstitions

Too busy justifying their behavior

They saw no need for a savior!

Yet to all who did receive him To those who believed in his name He gave the right to become children of God!

No hoops to jump through, no red tape to navigate no behavioral code to live up to

No prescribed prayers or perfunctory performances to impress man.

Just believe!

Not belief for belief’s sake but belief in the truth of the Word.

Belief that sin is your greatest problem

Belief that man is hopelessly fallen

Belief in the unique message and person of Jesus

Belief in the life infused power of forgiveness

Found exclusively and extraordinarily in the Word.

True belief in the True Word

Real faith in the real God

Complete trust in the completed work of Jesus


Suggestions for use

I have included a few suggestions below to make this recording useful to you. Ultimately I hope that it stirs your heart and wakens your faith in Jesus.

I also hope that you will consider using this recording as a tool to share the Good News of Jesus with your unbelieving friends and family this Christmas season.

  • I recommend that you take some time and listen on your own first.
  • Find a quiet place where you can meditate on these truths without distraction.
  • Read through the text of John 1:1-14 before listening.
  • Download a PDF here with the full text of the poem and Scripture and follow along as I read.
  • Listen with your family one night and then ask each member of your family to answer one of the questions below.
  • Play the reading as you celebrate Christmas with friends or neighbors, again use a few of the questions below afterward.
  • Send your friends and family a link to this podcast episode and tell them what it meant to you and ask them to listen.

Questions to think on

  • Who is the Word?
  • Who created all things?
  • What did God call John to do?
  • Why did the world not recognize who Jesus was?
  • What do you need to do to become a child of God?
  • Why was it important for the Word to become flesh?
  • What kind of “grace” and “truth” did Jesus bring?
  • Do you believe Jesus’ words? “I am the resurrection and the life. The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live.” (John 11:25)

One more thing

If you’d like to donate to our ministry before the end of the year you’ll find instructions here.

THANK YOU!

And

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wait, just one more thing!

I’d love to know how you used this recording and if or how it blessed you. Please leave a comment, or send me a note!

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children! My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • Nancy Suko

    Caleb, I really liked the podcast –there was a lot of thought provoking material packed in there. Also, I liked the good word pictures you used. I used the portion of the poem you printed to put in my “Notes” I send out weekly and also posted it on our church website and on Facebook with a link to your website where the podcast could be found. I probably should have made a direct link to the podcast, but, didn’t think of it until just now.

    • Thanks Mom I hope you guys having a wonderful Christmas wish you could be there with you!

  • Very beautiful Caleb. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you, Christina and the kids!

    • Thank you Kimberly Merry Christmas to you from Ukraine!