A Christian Tree

Not getting a Christmas Tree this year? Neither are we.  Hey, it’s work!  Moreover, the kids won’t be coming until after Christmas.

But still we’ll decorate, keeping it simple.  We have fresh pyracantha berries growing outside, jade succulents and a pine tree with low branches.  They will smell fragrant and look festive on our mantle, especially with red Christmas ornaments nestled in the pine branches. The crèche will go on the coffee table and Jesus will be honored.

When we do have a tree, I want a Christian Tree!  I have written the nine fruit of the Spirit in my best calligraphy on nine of the ornaments.  What a springboard for conversation are the words: “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness or Self-Control.”

It’s an opportunity to explain that according to the Bible, together,  these are the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  If you have given your life to Jesus Christ, then ALL the fruit of the Spirit is available to you, not just some of it.  We simply need to exercise that fruit in our lives.

Another idea is to write out the names of Jesus: “Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, Emmanuel, Wonderful Counselor, etc.”  Cut them out and attach each to the tree with a glue gun.  It’s another opportunity to lift up Jesus in our home.

  •  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.    Galatians 5:22-23
  • For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.      Isaiah 9:6
  • SONG:  I LOVE THE LORDBy Kathleen

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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10 Responses to A Christian Tree

  1. Linda says:

    Wow! What an excellent idea! My daughter is looking for new ways to celebrate Christ’s birth without the pagan symbols. She might like this! Thanks!

  2. Maria says:

    What great ideas! I am going to implement them right now! We have a blue spruce, potted, that we roll up to our living room window every December. I usually decorate it just lights and a few bulbs…but this year it will display the Fruit of the Spirit! Hopefully it will spark more conversations!

  3. Roslyn says:

    Excellent ideas! Thank you so much!

  4. MEL THOMPSON says:

    We too are keeping it simple this year. We are visiting my brother and his family over the holidays and the usual three Christmas trees my wife sets up…well, why bother! And you know, the simple decorations still carry with it the message of Jesus…on the mantle, and two small decorated trees.

  5. Bisi says:

    Thanks Kathleen for the post and great ideas and thought.

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