Merry Christmas from the team at Creative Cardio! We post showprep here on the CMB site each week, so makesure to bookmark this page and keep checking in for fresh prep ideas!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget to be thankful for the everyday things: A warm home. Food in our pantry. Clean clothes and comfy bed. This is a season that reminds us to slow down and rediscover all the blessings God has given us!
Here’s a couple angles about being thankful you can carry into December…
Who’s the most generous person in your life? Who shows you consistently that money doesn’t own them? How do you see generosity as something different than a person who gives to charity?
What Bible verse or quote frames your view of thankfulness (or generosity) best? Here’s a few idea starters:
Starting our morning talking about what we’re thankful for totally changes the trajectory of our day. It doesn’t have to end on Thanksgiving. It can be a regular part of our our morning discussion everyday. Living & leading with a thankful heart affects our attitude. It gives us hope a we look towar the end of another year.
What happened in your life that seemed awful at the time, but turned out to be a blessing in disguise? What are you thanking God for this year that you never thought you’d be admitting gratitude for years ago?
What’s the one charity that makes your heart excited? Whats’ the charity that reminds you that there are truly great people in our city that are making a tangible difference? (Explain the WHY behind the charity’s work or the WHY behind the people that are leading the charity’s work.)
Which Christmas carol frames the story of your faith best? (Joy to the World? Angels We Have Heard on High? Silent Night? Hark the Herald Angels sing?) Explain the words that make the dynamic connect!
We have a Little Tykes Nativity Set that my kids play with so much, I had to buy a second one becuse they started to fight over the characters! Now I see Storm Troopers, Barbies & Beanie-boos showing up to play with baby Jesus in the stable. I think there was even a dune buggy parked outside made of Legos. Describe the scene you’ve found by your Nativity set after the kids were playing?
As we play Christmas songs this month, we can really frame the story behind the words in the old Christmas carols. Here’s a thought about how Isaiah explained who the coming messiah would be a “Mighty savior & wonderful counselor 800 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
“That Isaiah calls the Messiah the “Wonderful Counselor” indicates the kind of character this coming King has. The word wonderful in this passage literally means “incomprehensible.” The Messiah will cause us to be “full of wonder.” The word is much weightier than the way it’s used in normal conversation today—we say things are “wonderful” if they are pleasant, lovely, or the least bit likable. Jesus is wonderful in a way that is boggling to the mind.” (See Isaiah 9:6)
Think through the words in the Christmas carols this year and help connect the dots for your listeners to the heart behind the greatest story ever told! Retell the story behind the song in your own words and you’ll always have an original connection point with your listeners.
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