Christmas is such important time of year for my family. We like to take the season to really reflect on Jesus, His life (both birth and death) and what it all means to us as Christians. Before Christmas takes a different look at Jesus because it looks into when Jesus is first mentioned and how he shows up across scripture prior to his coming. It is a fascinating study and while I've been taught a little of this over the years I've never taken the time to really study it out. This holiday season is the perfect time to do that. By learning about the path to the manger we learn more of who God is and his heart.
I recently went to a women's conference and the theme was "Be Still, And Know, I am God..." (Psalm 46:10.) The verse was broken up into three parts taking each part of the verse and breaking it down to applications. Powerful testimonies were given for each part. In Before Christmas, Crowder references how Christ WAS, IS and WILL BE - it just made me stand still and remember "And Know" - I've been applying Psalm 46:10 to the way I study lately and it just makes certain things stand out when your looking at things with this particular verse in mind. Knowing Jesus has existed from the beginning is such an amazing thought! This book was unique as it isn't a devotional (no questions to answer at the end) but rather an informational text that has you digging through scripture to see the whole story of Jesus up until His birth. I've quite enjoyed the way it is written as it included stories which rounded out the story nicely.
About the Book
Book: Before Christmas
Author: Bill Crowder
Genre: RELIGION / Holidays/Christmas & Advent
Release Date: October, 2019
Embrace the majesty of the Messiah
Walk through Scripture to see and know Jesus in a richer way. Examine His character as God, His relationship with the Father, His appearances in the Old Testament, and more. Understand how these pre-Bethlehem truths lead into the Savior’s birth and the events of that first Christmas—and, most importantly, how it all comes together in God’s great story of redemption and rescue.
You’ll embrace the majesty of the Messiah and celebrate Christ’s birth with renewed joy and wonder.
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About the Author
Bill Crowder, who spent over twenty years in the pastorate, is vice president of ministry content at Our Daily Bread Ministries. He is a contributor to Our Daily Bread and the author of nine books, including My Hope Is in You, Seeing the Heart of Christ, and For This He Came. He and his wife, Marlene, have five children.
More from BillDuring my years as a pastor, I found Christmas and Easter to be challenging. Certainly I love those seasons (for very different reasons), but finding creative ways to retell these important stories was often difficult. But, at one such season I realized that the story we tell at Christmas is not really the whole story. By entering the story at Nazareth or Bethlehem, we enter too late. We can’t simply start with the Baby in the manger—we need to go back. Before time began. To the eternal Christ. Unless we seek to understand Him, we’ll never fully appreciate who He was and why He came. That is the Christmas story. – Bill Crowder
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