Christmas special message series

What Christmas means to me!

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Today I am inviting my friend Bincy Cherian to the Blog. She is sharing her insights on Christmas with us. I am sure, her words will bless you as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

Welcome Bincy!

The coming of our little baby girl seven years after our marriage brought hope and light, joy and warmth into our family. Cheerful and delightful, she won our hearts.

The birth of a baby boy two thousand years ago in a manger in Bethlehem brought with Him the special message of love, joy and peace from heaven.


1.GOD IS WITH ME: This special baby, Jesus ,brought the message from heaven that “God is with us”. He was called Immanuel, which means” God with us”. For me this means God came down to be with me in all my situations. He came to help me overcome and rise up above those difficult situations. The assurance of His promise “In this world you will have trouble, but I am with you always” keeps me going.

  1. GOD IS AT PEACE WITH ME: This means He is not angry with me. At his birth the angels sang “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favour rests.” Jesus came to be my friend and connect me back to Father God although I strayed and went far away from Him .I don’t have to fear that God is angry with me anymore. I can boldly go to Him anytime and anywhere.
  2. GOD’S FAVOR IS THERE FOR ME: As the angel sang, I believe I have the favour of God in my life. Although there are setbacks and failures God has good plans for me and for all who believe in Him—plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us a future and a hope.


I enjoy God’s peace, favour and joy in my life, not because I am good.A wretched sinner I am, I stand today only because of His Unconditional Love .

For the Word of God says, all have sinned and deserve punishment—“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal Life in Jesus Christ Our Lord “.(Romans 6:23)

Truly Love came down at Christmas. God’s love touched me. He took the punishment I deserve for my sins on the cross and saved me. Jesus is the best gift I have today.



Bincy Cherian, is a dentist, relocated to Trivandrum recently. She loves people and loves to help people find their purpose in life.




Christmas special message series

Christmas, through the eyes of a village girl!

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I am so excited to welcome my dear friend Neibano Yhome( Nibu) to the Blog today. She is sharing with us a beautiful message on Christmas. She narrates  lovely Christmas memories of her village here. I am sure her message will touch your heart and guide you into a new realm of Celebration of Christmas.

Welcome Nibu!

Growing up in a Christian state, my sleepy village wakes up from her slumber like old Rip Van Winkle every December. The air gets thick with Christmas carols played over loud speakers and the dry, dusty village sparkles at night with cheap fairy lights and handmade colored stars hanging on top of bamboo poles. Christmas trees and simple decorations decked the churches and homes while most shoppers crowded the stores to buy that once in a year Christmas clothes for their children and food supplies.

“Christmas Day!”  the very word still evokes a lot of happy childhood memories . Waking up early to have Christmas cake and tea after mom prayed, going to Church nicely dressed up in my brand new outfits and even getting to sing special numbers with my Sunday school class occasionally. And of course, there is always the Christmas feast for everyone at church after the service. It also brings back memories of caroling in the neighborhood, community feasting and endless games and singing around bonfires  with family, cousins , neighbors and friends that  goes past midnight  for weeks. Christmas was a time when the young and old, the rich and poor, the educated and illiterate seem to come together as one to celebrate. A time when everyone contributed what they could so selflessly to keep the celebration going so that even those who can’t afford a celebratory meal were not left behind. With the onset of Christmas week all work cease and everybody seems to forget the harsh realities of life and a mini heaven seem to descend upon the community filled with joy and laughter. But as I mature I realized that those innocent memories of perfect Christmases weren’t so perfect since the reason for Christmas was hardly acknowledged.

Looking at Christmas celebrations then and now, I can say that a lot has changed. The decorations and gifts are grander and a lot more expensive, gourmet meals have replaced the simple dishes in many homes and Christmas carols are mostly confined to churches and headphones. Most people seem to be busy creating that perfect ambience for that perfect party to make Christmas as memorable as possible. Yet, the heart and Soul of Christmas still seems to get lost in the busyness and festivities.

The more I reflect on why Christmas is celebrated , the more I realized, that it is because of the choice that Jesus made to come down to earth for you and I. Christmas is the greatest love story that transcends all other love and defy  logic and human reasoning  .It is this  pure  unconditional love that compelled the only  Son of God , the  king of Kings and Lord of lords, creator of the universe to empty himself  and come down to this broken world to die for the  sins of fallen humanity. Christmas is about our creator, willingly giving his life so that we can have life in all its abundance. It is about Jesus making a way for us to spend eternity with him, having fully paid the penalty of eternal damnation that we deserved by his own choice. It is about the unrelenting love of God that keep pursuing  us to bring us back to where we belong  no matter how much we have fallen  short of his glory . Christmas is all about Christ and without Him it is meaningless no matter how grand and joyful the celebration is.

 So this Christmas, May we truly Celebrate Jesus by giving him the centre stage in our lives and communities. May He receive all the glory and honor due to him since He is the reason of our celebration. May we intentionally take time off our busy schedules and festivities to thank him for choosing to come down for us. And may His freely available unconditional love fill our hearts so that we can spread it to people around us . And may this Christmas truly be a celebration of love coming down from heaven that overflows and touches every heart.

    Shalom and a very blessed Christmas to you all.

14064285_10155117265463332_4761852860470115447_nNeibano lives in Kohima, Nagaland the north-eastern part of India. She is a former DTS Leader in Ywam, Pune and presently she is working as a Youth Evangelist in Baptist Revival Church, Kohima.

Christmas special message series

What Christmas means to me..


During my childhood, Christmas was not of much celebration, but a time of family get together. It was filled with love and fun. On 24th night we used to visit branch church and there they used to have lot of cultural programs and 12 in the mid night we used to travel back home.  After coming home we used to spend a little time decorating the church. On 25th we celebrate Christmas in our local church and then we go to another branch church. Our mother used to pack food for us and returning time we used to have lunch near a dam which was always our picnic spot.

Unfortunately, few years back during a Christmas season my father who was pastoring in Valparai, Tamilnadu for 30 years was diagnosed with brain tumour. It was the biggest shock for us. He had to go through a surgery. He struggled much with his health. He was not able to recover and on 25th December he went to be with the Lord.

So every year it is painful to remember, as he loved all people. He was father for all the believers. This year 25th June my mother also went to be with the Lord. She was very friendly and energetic person. After father’s death she was taking care of the church and facing all challenges boldly.

So Christmas brings those bitter-sweet memories to me every year. But it also reminds me that God Emmanuel is with me. Jesus was born as a child and he was named Emmanuel God with us. In our life journey we may go through different trials or lose our beloved ones, but we have a Saviour who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. On this Christmas season let us travel with God who is always present with us during all the ups and downs of our life.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Evangelin Laji lives in Tamilnadu, the southern part of India. She is doing her Doctoral studies in Tamilnadu Theological Seminary and also Faculty of Bethel Bible Institute. She is taking care of the ministry in Valparai, Tamilnadu where her parents served the Lord.

Christmas special message series

What Christmas means to me


I am glad to invite my friend Porsha Robertson to my Blog today. Porsha is sharing a beautiful message on Christmas as a part of ” Christmas special message series”. I hope her message inspires you to know a true joy of Christmas in your life.

Welcome Porsha!

As far as I can remember, Christmas has always been great to me.  I am the first grandchild on both of my parent’s side of the family, so I received a showering of overabundance gifts for Christmas.  My dad has always had a great paying job, so it showed when it was time for gift-giving.  I remember waking up to 90% of the gifts under the tree being for me.  Going to my grandparent’s house, my grandmother would have a huge stocking filled with all kinds of gifts which could have been a Christmas gift all in itself, but they also had a multitude of gifts under their tree with my name on it.  Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, cookies and milk left overnight for Santa was all around me.  My grandmother had even told me that if I did not go to sleep at night, that Santa would sprinkle some dust in my eyes….yes, I was told that as a child and I was SO SCARED until my mom told me otherwise.

My brother was born when I was 12 years old.  You would think my gifts would have lessened once my brother came, but it did not…, BUT, in MY mind it did.  This is when I realized how selfish I was.  I would get SO UPSET when my brother seemed to have more gifts than me (which was not the case).  I remember getting so upset that I cried.  My mom and dad took video of us opening our gifts and captured my selfishness on camera.

Now, as a very grateful and appreciative adult, I cannot believe I acted in such a manor.  But, I was spoiled.  I was so blessed, but did not even realize it.  Now as an adult, I realize the true meaning of Christmas.  It is truly about love.  Christ’s love for us.  My husband and I have no children to buy gifts to, but we give to our family.  Christmas to me means spending time with your loved ones and giving because God first gave.

John 3:16 states that “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 

I believe this is where the gift giving came from for Christmas.   But nowadays it has gotten so commercialized.  We cannot forget the true reason for the season.   I love the Christmas scents of pine, apple cinnamon and vanilla candles.  I love seeing the beautiful lights lit up around the shopping centers and malls.   I love listening to Christian and Gospel Christmas music.  I love watching the holiday movies.  Christmas is in my heart.  This is what Christmas means to me.

Merry Christmas to you!


Porsha Robertson





Christmas special message series

What Christmas means to me

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I thought I will write a blog post on Christmas for the “Christmas special message series” on my Blog around 25th of December. But there is a message which is keep on prompting  my heart today. And I just want to share believing that it might encourage someone.

My prayer has been for my loved ones to be safe and sound and to have a joy and cheerfulness of Christmas season this month. Another reason to be happy about was, my brother and sister- in- law were expecting a baby this month. It was a happy moment for all the family to have a new member in the family. Everything was just fine till yesterday but today everything became so miserable. Yesterday, the baby which was moving, breathing and just getting ready to see the world inside the womb, was lying breathless in the coffin today. Doctors couldn’t save their child and it was the news which shook all of us.

It’s traumatizing moment for the mom who dreamt to cuddle the child in her hand today. It’s heart-breaking to us as we waited and prayed for the little one to arrive safely. The pain is unbearable to every one of the family even though we try consoling each other over phones & through messages. There are unanswered questions runs through our minds, unexpressed feelings flow through our tears and our hearts which feel so crushed long to be felt comforted this moment.

Even if we do not understand God’s plan for us and for our loved ones with the limited understanding we have. But we can only hope in Jesus and find strength for our aching souls. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” John 14:1  And as we are right in the middle of the Christmas season – the season of joy, happiness and celebration, it’s actually reminding me that the hope, the comfort, and the peace which I long to have this very moment is made possible through the one who was born for me. Christmas is the promise and the hope that Jesus was born into this world to trade my sorrows with His joy and peace.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mathew 11:28

He invites us to give our burdens to Him. He wants to refresh and comfort our souls. He wants you to be still in Him giving away your worries, troubles and heartaches to Him.

I don’t know which battle you are facing at present. You may be feeling broken, lost, miserable and hopeless in your life. Let me encourage you to put your trust in Jesus. Because those who trust Him will never be disappointed.

Christmas is the reminder for you & me that the best gift for us is sent to us this day. So we can be hopeful and joyful in the midst of the sufferings of this world. It’s a promise to us that we can be more than a conqueror in Him who has conquered the darkness with His light. Our Saviour was born for us to take away our burdens, to wipe away our tears and to love us unconditionally.

As we celebrate Christmas, let’s embrace “His precious Gift”. Don’t let Christmas be a mere festival of fun and amusement but let this season reminds us that Jesus is born to give us hope in the midst of life’s uncertainties and storms. He has come to sacrifice His life on the Cross so we will be set free, be loved, forgiven, accepted and comforted.

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6-7




Christmas special message series

What Christmas means to me!

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Today I am honored to welcome my friend Carolyn DeJohn to the Blog. Carolyn is sharing a Christmas message with us this week as a part of the Christmas special message series. I am sure her words will bless and encourage you to find the true meaning of Christmas in your life.

Welcome Carolyn!

I grew up poor and I didn’t experience much peace. The very few photos taken of me did not portray a happy child. There always seemed to have some type of drama or dysfunction going on in our family.

I really don’t have a vivid memory of Christmas in our home or gifts except for the year my mom’s best friend, “Cat “ bought me an Easy Bake Oven. I was about 6 years of age. The only other gift I remember receiving was a big beautiful black doll that had hazel color marble eyes that shined in the dark but I don’t remember a Christmas celebration to go with the doll. Because of my fear of her shining eyes, didn’t want anything to do with her during the night. So she was mounted on the wall facing my bed. So needless to say, that was a gift I did not enjoy.

Also at some point in my early childhood I seen a Santa Claus but was told there was no such person. Any gifts we received came from family and they didn’t have the money to buy much of anything.

Even though gifts were not the object of my Christmas as a child, it didn’t make me sad because no one received gifts. We didn’t have a television so we didn’t see Christmas advertisement.

Our Christmas’s were more about cooking and baking. We lived mostly with my grandparents.

My grandfather was Catholic but we didn’t go to Church very often and when we did, it was mostly in Latin. I did recognize that Jesus, Mary and Joseph was involved but I didn’t understand it all and it wasn’t taught or discussed at home. Christmas programs at school were also some exposure to what Christmas is all about but no revelation of its True meaning.

My mom remarried towards the end on my elementry school years and we moved out of that neighborhood.

There my eyes were opened to the secular side of Christmas, toys, games, clothes…etc. Even though my eyes were open to the things, the ability to get them weren’t.

We started going to the Baptist Church my step-dad attended and during that time I was also introduced to the real meaning of Who Jesus is and why He was born. So much so that I gave my life to Christ! But the idea of Christmas and Things seemed to go together and engulfed my mind. It became a sad time for me every Christmas because I didn’t get any of those really neat gifts I seen on TV or any of the gifts my peers were expecting and received. And the big spread of food they talked about superseded any of the meals we had.

So I went from being content, (not happy, it was all I knew) without the true meaning of Christmas to sad and ungrateful about what I did get for Christmas. Still no Peace.

I became pregnant and married at the age of 17 to my high school boyfriend. Being married with a baby at such a young immature ages brought on many trials and heartaches. No Peace. My husband hired on at a chemical plant when our daughter was 5 months old. Our financial situation changed to the extent that we purchased a new car, a used car and a home that we were able to fully furnish before my daughter turned 2 yrs old. Financially, life was good and our daughter received enough gifts to share with at least 15 children. Christmas became about exceeding the amount of gifts we bought our daughter the year before. But still no Peace. I prayed for peace daily!

It came a time in my marriage that lead me to search for God with all my heart! I Needed Peace and I didn’t find it in my marriage, buying my daughter more than she even wanted, having a nice home, cars… None of these things gave me Peace. I heard and read Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” AMP

PEACE!!! The very thing I’ve been looking for all my life is found in Jesus.

Ephesians 2:14 says, “For He Himself is our peace and our bond of unity. He who made both groups—[Jews and Gentiles]—into one body and broke down the barrier, the dividing wall [of spiritual antagonism between us].”

Christmas for me is the celebration of Jesus, KING of kings and LORD of lords. My Savior Who came to bring us  PEACE on earth. Christmas means I have peace with God. He is pleased with me.

Hebrews 13:20-21 AMP says

“Now may the God of peace [the source of serenity and spiritual well-being] who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood that sealed and ratified the eternal covenant, equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you [making you complete and perfect as you ought to be], accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Merry Christmas to you!

Love♥️ Blessings & PEACE

Carolyn DeJohn

IMG_2135Carolyn reside in Texas. She ministers to women through WOVEN- Women Of Valor Edifying Nations Ministries

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