Redemption

Why is Christmas our Most Celebrated Holiday – Part 2

For the next two weeks we will be re-publishing some US Renewal Classics that are the most widely-read blogs I’ve ever written.  They all center on Jesus Christ whose life has changed the world like no other.

Billions of people around the world celebrate Christmas in 160 nations. That’s eighty percent of the countries of the world.

Here in America, 71% of American adults say their religious faith is at least somewhat important in their daily life, including 47% who say it’s Very Important. A new Rasmussen poll finds that 74% of American adults say Christmas should be celebrated in public schools.

Last week we looked at five reasons why Christmas is supreme. Let’s conclude with four further reasons as to why Jesus gets and deserves the global place of honor.

There is no one like Jesus.

Read More

Why is Christmas our Most Celebrated Holiday? Part 1

For the next three weeks we will be re-publishing some US Renewal Classics that are the most widely-read blogs I’ve ever written.  They all center on Jesus Christ whose life has changed the world like no other.

In thirteen days, three-quarters of the world will celebrate Christmas–the world’s largest holiday. Ninety percent of Americans celebrate Christmas with my home state of Washington being the most “Christmasy” state in the union.

Check out where your state stands here.

Why is Christmas the most celebrated holiday? Because there is no one who has influenced the world more than Jesus of Nazareth.

Christmas is the biggest because there is no one like Jesus.

Read More

The Permanent Victory of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Easter time remains one of the most memorable weeks of year for me. When I was young, I enjoyed attending sun-rise services where we awakened the dawn with shouts of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today!”

In 1974, I was privileged to spend Easter in the Holy Land where an early dawn prayer time at Golgotha and a visit to the Empty Tomb stand out as cherished memories.

Twenty years later, I participated in mid-week prayer meetings in our hometown–every day of the week–leading up to Resurrection Day. Good Friday always included a “Walk with the Cross” through town, praying for our friends and neighbors and thanking God for His greatest of gifts. This Good Friday we will walk the cross again for the 25th year in a row.

Easter is special, world-changing, cosmos altering.

It celebrates the permanent victory of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Read More