Well, our nation has survived another Black Friday. Did you participate? In our town people set up their camping tents and spent the night on the sidewalk so they could be among the first in the door at 6 A.M. I will say that it would take a prodigious amount of money to get me to do that. I certainly would never do it for free. But the pressure isn’t over; in fact, it’s just beginning. If you don’t take control of your December, it will take control of you.
How much of what you do in December is driven by
It’s not up to you to “give Christmas.” Jesus already did that. The way out of the Christmas stress loop is to start with Jesus and put him in the middle. Nothing deserves the descriptor Christmas unless Jesus is in the middle. Everything else is “winter” or “December” only, and everything else is negotiable.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of several books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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