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Session 4

How to find peace this Christmas

Read: Micah 5:1-5

Micah prophesies a ruler will come from Bethlehem, one who will shepherd his people and provide peace even under enemy attack. Jesus was the one born in Bethlehem, offering peace in the midst of turmoil. 

Christmas is a celebration of God’s promise, but our celebration is often shadowed by the rush of the season, the stress of getting our list checked off, and the worry we can’t afford things we want to give. We sing songs about peace, but often live lives devoid of it. 

Enjoying God’s peace at Christmas comes down to two things: gratitude and focus. 

Thank God for what you’ve been blessed with. Focusing on His goodness, instead of on our problems or busyness, gives our hearts and minds rest. 

We too can enjoy the peace Jesus offers regardless of our level of stress or busyness. 

Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus is our source of peace. So spend time on things that bring Jesus to the forefront of your celebrations. Talk to Jesus and read His Word. Keep Isaiah 26:3 in mind: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

The prophecy in Micah is a promise to us. We, too, can enjoy the peace Jesus offers regardless of our level of stress or busyness. He offers us peace in any season of our lives.  

Reflect: 

  • In this season when we often feel like we don’t have enough resources or time, thankfulness reminds us how much we already have. What are some things you can thank Jesus for right now?
  • Is this season of celebration stressing you out? If so, what is one way you could refocus on Jesus?
  • How can you encourage someone else to live in the peace God offers?

1

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

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2

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

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3

Has God forgotten you?

Has God forgotten you?

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4

How to find peace this Christmas

How to find peace this Christmas

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5

Do you believe God is with you?

Do you believe God is with you?

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6

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

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7

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

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8

The importance of preparing the way

The importance of preparing the way

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9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

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10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

A blessed life is not always an easy life

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11

How to accept praise and stay humble

How to accept praise and stay humble

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12

When the right thing is not the easy thing

When the right thing is not the easy thing

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13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

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14

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

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15

God can do great things through imperfect people

God can do great things through imperfect people

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16

This is really good news

This is really good news

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17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

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18

What you miss when you only know half the story

What you miss when you only know half the story

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19

What does it look like to worship?

What does it look like to worship?

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20

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

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21

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

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22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

A reason to be generous this Christmas

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23

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

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