My headline is a tongue-in-cheek one because we should all be caught worshiping and praying at church. I’m not sure if the Wilsons’ photographer took this picture or if another churchgoer captured the Wilsons in a private moment at church, but either way I think it’s a good image to be circulating. And that’s why I’m sharing it here…
Worshiping and praying together doesn’t automatically make a happy marriage, but I think these two practices are important building blocks in happy marriage…
By now, you may have heard that hometown hero (my hometown of the A that is) Tyler Perry gave away some 5,000 free meals on Sunday. Below is the story from PEOPLE magazine:
On Sunday, the star opened up his Atlanta movie studio, Tyler Perry Studios, for four hours to feed 5,000 families with a combination of food boxes and gift cards for local supermarket chain Kroger.
Perry, 51, personally funded the event, called TPS Giving, and studio employees donated their time to volunteer and hand out all of the goods.
“Tyler was heartbroken seeing people all over the country stand in line for food so he decided he wanted to give back to his community in Atlanta,” a source close to Perry tells PEOPLE. “Hopefully this encourages others who are able to, to give back during the holiday season in a year that has been difficult for many.”
I’m always amazed by Tyler Perry’s generosity, but what drew my attention to this story more than his good deed was that so many people are in need AND what they were willing to do to be blessed by him. Apparently, several people showed up as his studio hours before the event started. Obviously, times are really hard for people right now.
But he is not the only one who is in the giving mood here in the A! Earlier today, Atlanta entrepreneurs Jason Lobdell, Alix Burton, Marcus Barney, Neo Davis and Jonathan Gooch took over the registers at a local Kroger store and paid for roughly $40,000 in groceries! Below is the story from 11 Alive:
Customers at one metro Atlanta Kroger had a surprise gift in store when they arrived at the checkout counters.
“One hundred and seventy eight dollars in groceries,” said one customer on cell phone video.
“We had women literally crying saying thank you so we know how much it means,” Jason Lobdell said.
That was just some of the reaction customers gave after receiving free groceries. A band of entrepreneur brothers decided to bless as many people as they could at the Kroger on Wesley Chapel in Decatur. His friends, Alix Burton, Marcus Barney, Neo Davis and Jonathan Gooch went on Instagram live saying, “We’re doing a full shutdown we’re spending about 30 grand to take care of the entire market.”
Jason Lobdell said at first they were going to hand out gift cards but that was taking too long so they went with plan b. Read the rest HERE.
As outstanding as these acts of generosity are, you don’t have to be wealthy to give some of what you have away. You and I may not able to give free meals to 5,000 people or take over the registers at a local grocery store for a couple of hours, but God can still use to bless somebody in some way…
The lights, the decorations, the gifts, the cards, the parties, the food, the family all make Christmas the proverbial “most wonderful time of the year.” But there is no Christmas without Christ. Periodt.
And to know about Christ, you have to read His Word. That’s why I must tell you about a free online Bible Study about Christmas! Below is more information.
Award-winning former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and former atheist, LeeStrobel, uses his legal and journalism training to investigate whether the account of the birth and divinity of Jesus is logically and historically credible, in the free Case for Christmas Online Bible Study November 30, 2020–January 1, 2021, sponsored by Bible Gateway, the most visited Christian website in the world. Free registration for the event is at BibleGateway.com/cfc.
In this series of videos, released one per week for four weeks, Strobel will help participants understand that the Bible’s four Gospels are historically reliable in their telling of Jesus’ biography. He will separate the traditional myths from the real facts of the Christmas story by uncovering scholarly evidence gleaned from research and interviews regarding the true nature of Christmas.
“When I was an atheist, I loved the Christmas season, because I managed to focus on all the superficial trappings of the holiday instead of the spiritual dimension,” says Strobel. “But after my wife, Leslie, became a Christian and I started to investigate the identity of Jesus, I wanted to separate the holy day from the holiday, the facts from the fantasy, the truth from the tradition, and get down to the historic bedrock of what Christmas is all about. I expected to discover that Christmas is built on flimsy legends that developed in the many decades after Jesus lived. I didn’t anticipate that a thorough investigation of the ancient history actually validates the Christmas narrative, because it’s based on reliable sources that are too immediate to be written off as being mere legend or make believe.”
Watch the video of Lee Strobel introducing the online study.
“In this 4-week experience, we set aside Santa Claus and Christmas trees and delve instead into the question of what we can really know with confidence about the birth of Jesus of Nazareth,” says Strobel. “It is, after all, the greatest story of history. And, the greatest stories of history are the ones that turn out to be true.”
Students of this series will gain automatic free access to Lee Strobel’s online video presentation and exclusive free bonus content, including downloads of an Advent toolkit containing a Scripture reading plan and conversation cards for the season, and two printable Christmas script art prints.
The teaching videos will be available online for free November 30, 2020–January 1, 2021.