The celebration of Christmas may be a challenge for us as Christians—the holiday celebrated by many in our culture is focused on wishes and materialism and glitz. It often seems as if we are celebrating two different holidays! Of course, we know “the reason for the season,” but it’s easy to get caught up in the “busyness” of the season. All the bright and loud things the world offers as a substitute for the message of Christmas distract us from the simple truth of the Savior’s birth and the good news of His salvation.
We at Today in the Word are thrilled to offer you an additional resource to focus on the truth of Christmas this year. We’ve created a 12-day devotional, The Newborn King, based on the beloved Christmas carols. We hope you like it! Intended to complement your regular Scripture study with the December issue of Today in the Word, the devotionals in The Newborn King will give you some quiet moments to reflect on the true message of Christmas this holiday season and will help you keep your eyes on Jesus.
Dear readers, as we come to the end of 2014, Today in the Word’s 27th year of publication, we thank you for traveling through the Bible with us this year. We studied the books of Daniel, Deuteronomy, Matthew, Acts, and Philippians. We learned about God’s faithfulness and explored a biblical view of time and themes of change, lament and comfort, and work.
Thank you for your prayers, feedback, and friendship in 2014! Your financial support is vital for this ministry, and we are so glad to have a community of readers around the world that we call the Today in the Word family.
We are excited about the next year with Today in the Word. Some of the devotions that our team of writers is preparing for 2015 include the study of hope in the Bible, the questions Jesus asked, themes of rest and home, and heroes of Christmas. We’ll also delve into book studies such as Romans, Joshua, Job, and more. We pray that through our study of the Bible with Today in the Word we’ll see Jesus more clearly and will know Him better.
Let us worship the newborn King! Merry Christmas and happy New Year from all of us at Today in the Word.