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Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
a Distinctively Christian Perspective of Home Education
Cindy Short and Sue Welch,
Co-Editors / http://www.TeachingHome.com
• Be Devoted to the Lord
• Read the Story
• Study the Story
• Dramatize the Story
• Apply the Story of God's Love
• Sing about the Story
In this issue we present suggestions for focusing
on the most
important element of our celebration -- the wonder of God's love
for us and His provision for our salvation through the birth,
death, and resurrection of His Son.
May the Lord bless you and your family for
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business
operated in our home since 1980.
Be Devoted to the Lord
We show our devotion to the Lord God by spending
Him, listening to His Word and talking to Him in prayer.
This should be a Christian family's first
priority each day
-- not as a duty, but as the privilege it is.
Set Aside a Regular Time
Family devotions can be held at any time during
the day when
everyone is present and when there will be the least distractions.
Form the Habit
Firmly establishing a habit of meeting together
facilitate this time together with the Lord. See "17 Ways To
Form Good Habits" at
Read the Story
One of the most meaningful family traditions
you can pass on
to your children is reading of the story of Christ's birth together.
Read and Discuss the Bible Story
• Read and discuss Matthew 1:18-2:23 and Luke 1:5-2:38.
• Read the Nativity story with lights dimmed to help children
imagine the happenings and concentrate on
• Emphasize the truth of Jesus' miraculous birth and that
purpose in being born was to die for us (see
"Story of God's
• Notice the different details in each account.
• Read the accounts of Jesus' birth from "A Harmony of the
Story of Jesus" which brings together all
verses from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
subject and approximate chronological order.
Another Harmony of the Gospels:
• Read the Christmas story in John 1:1-18. How does
account differ in viewpoint, etc.?
Study the Story
Further study brings many rich truths to bear
on the simple
story of Christ's birth.
Explain to your children that because of the
Jesus is both fully God and fully man. John 1:1-3, 14:6-11;
Names of Christ
Explain and discuss the names given to the
in Isaiah 9:6 and the character quality each reveals.
Find and study the prophecies in the Old Testament
predicting the coming of the Messiah and their fulfillment in the
New Testament. Many are listed online at
Why Jesus Came
Look up some of the following Scriptures, and
reasons that Jesus came.
1. To fulfill prophecy. Matthew 5:17; Romans
2. To fulfill and abolish the law. Ephesians
3. To seek and save the lost as a shepherd.
Matthew 18:11; John 10:1-30; Isaiah
I Peter 5:2-4; 2:25; Matthew 9:36;
4. To serve. Mark 10:45
5. To give His life as a ransom to redeem and free
enslaved to sin. Matthew
20:28; Romans 6
6. To give more abundant life. John 10:10
7. To reveal the Father and to demonstrate the great
God for all men. Romans
5:8; II Timothy 2:4;
Matthew 11:27; John 14:9
8. To do the will of God. Hebrews 10:9
9. To preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God and
to the truth. Luke 4:18-19, 43;
10. To save sinners by bearing our sins and paying our
Romans 6:23; Isaiah 53:5; I Timothy
1:15; I Peter 2:24;
11. To be a faithful high priest and the mediator between
and man. I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews
12. To put away sin. Hebrews 9:26; I John 3:5; John 1:29;
Leviticus 16:20-22; Isaiah 53:6;
II Corinthians 5:21
13. To destroy the works of the devil. I John 3:8; Hebrews
John 12:31, 14:30
14. To provide a pattern of holy living. I Peter 2:21;
15. To bring justice to the oppressed. Luke 4:18
16. To remove enmity and establish fellowship and friendship
with man. I John 1; Romans 8:7;
17. To heal. Luke 9:11; Isaiah 53:5; I Peter 2:24
18. To unite Jew and Gentile believers. Ephesians 2:11-19
19. To remove the veil and open the Holy Place to us.
Hebrews 6:19-20; 9; 10:19-22
20. To nourish the spiritual growth and make fruitful all
abide in Him -- the vine. John
21. To woo His bride and pay the price for her betrothal.
John 3:28-9; Ephesians 5:23-32;
22. To demonstrate patience, humility, and obedience.
Philippians 2:5-8; I Peter 2:21-23;
Hebrews 5:8; John 6:38
23. To give rest to the weary. Matthew 11:28-30
24. To bring light to a darkened world. John 1, 8:12
25. To give eternal life to those dead in sin. Ephesians
26. To give living bread and water to the hungry and thirsty.
John 6:27-58; Matthew 5:6; John
27. To give re-birth and adoption as God's children to
receive Him in faith. Galatians
4:1-7; John 1:12
28. To conquer death through His death and resurrection.
I Corinthians 15:20-22; Revelations
21:4; II Timothy 1:10;
Dramatize the Story
Your younger children may comprehend and remember
of Christ's birth better through any of the following activities.
Make a Nativity Set
Make a playdough, dough art, or clay nativity
• You could shape the figures like the "Little People" toys
• See instructions for a nativity scene on pages 38-39 of
"Dough It Yourself" Handbook (complete and
Make and Use Puppets
Tell the story of Jesus' birth using felt,
unbreakable nativity figures.
• Sock puppet instructions.
• Finger puppet patterns and instructions.
• Easy and inexpensive puppet stage ideas.
• Easy-to-Make Bible Story Puppets. Patterns and directions
for making 40 inexpensive and durable felt
Act Out the Story
Help your children act out the story.
• They can play multiple parts and use stuffed animals as
• Costumes can be as simple as a scarf or bathrobe.
Apply the Story of God's Love
The story of the life of Christ reveals a loving
God who is
seeking a personal relationship with you. Through faith in Jesus
Christ, His substitutionary death for you, and His resurrection,
you can have forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and eternal
Explain and discuss the following verses.
"Herein is love, not that we loved God,
but that he
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for
(1 John 4:10)
"For God so loved the world,
that He gave
His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish,
but have eternal
"The Lord is patient toward you,
for any to perish
but for all to come to repentance."
(II Peter 3:9)
Compare receiving a gift to how a person receives
forgiveness and eternal life by accepting it as an undeserved
gift by faith.
"But as many as received Him,
to them He gave
the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name."
"For the wages of sin is death,
but the free
gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not
it is the gift of God; not as a result of
that no one
should boast." (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Ask each of your children if he has accepted
• Ask the Lord to help you lead your child to Him in saving
faith if he has not been saved.
• Memorize some of the Scripture passages above or others
speak of God's love to us.
• Pray and thank the Lord for His love and gift of salvation.
Sing about the Story
Music adds so much to our celebrations.
It is also a way to
teach and remind our family of spiritual truths.
"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within
with all wisdom
teaching and admonishing one another
with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
thankfulness in your hearts to God."
Gather your family together to sing Christmas
your family devotional time or as an activity at some other time.
Play an Instrument
If someone in the family plays an instrument,
have them play
a carol alone or with your singing.
Learn the Story Behind the Music
Learn the history of our Christmas music.
• See stories on the following sites.
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