What to do with Santa’s Stomach

stop signWhen I recently pulled up at a stop sign, I read it as the acronym: “STOP: Special Time Of Prayer.” So I decided from then then on to try and remember to have a special time of prayer for our nation every time I saw a stop sign. I not only need to pray for my nation, I need to be reminded to pray for my nation. It’s the same with Christmas. It’s a good reminder for me as to why I exist as a Christian and to what I should be doing. While some argue that Christmas is pagan, commercial, or even demonic, I use it (like the stop sign) as a reminder, that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, as well as a reminder to take every opportunity to preach the gospel to the lost.

They are the ones that need to hear its message.

I’m sure you know the story of the Good Samaritan. He’s the one that showed that he loved his neighbor as himself by tending to the needs of a stranger. His example should be the normal practice for human beings, but it’s not. This is evident when someone returns a wallet that is full of money or he gives his jacket to a homeless person on a cold day. Such kindness becomes instant and national news (especially around Christmas), and the fact that its newsworthy is a testimony of the rarity of human kindness. Continue Reading →

Christmas Traditions Around the World!

I’ve always been fascinated by Christmas… the sense of wonder the season creates and God’s precious gift… I’ve also come to love learning about the different customs celebrated around the world. I searched out just a few to share with you here. ENJOY!

BangladeshBangladesh: Bengali Christians celebrate Christmas day as Boro Din, or Great Day. Family and friends are greeted by saying Shubho Boro Din, or Greetings of the Great Day, and offer traditional sweets and pithas (traditional Bengali cakes).

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Bodie Hodge Speaks About The War on Christmas

139786707_aWorking at a publishing company means being surrounded by books. LOTS of books.
Have I mentioned that I love books?
I also love Christmas.

And as this Christmas approaches, I am understandably reminded of the first book that was shared with me when I was hired last November, The War on Christmas.  Written by Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis, it was, and still is, one of the most incredible books on Christmas I’ve ever read.   If you’ve ever had questions about the changes in Christmas traditions and beliefs throughout history, you would probably feel the same.  War on Christmas answered questions I didn’t even know I had and from the first time I picked it up, I wanted to know more. Recently I was finally granted an opportunity to ask Bodie Hodge a few of my many questions. Continue Reading →

It’s Black Friday all December Long!!!

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Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas shopping is front and center on your to-do list. Yes, yes I know, you swore you’d be done early this year but it just didn’t work out that way and now you’re looking around for great ideas.  Well Master Books wants to help!  We’ve put our heads together and come up with some incredible holiday bundles for you and your family.  There’s something for everyone!

Ken-HamKen Ham fan anyone? By far the biggest savings of them all, this is a bundle that will provide hours of Christian reading for the entire family!  We’ve included everything from the Answers Book for Kids series and the New Answers Book series for adults to original classics like Already Gone, and Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World. To complete your family apologetics collection, we’ve thrown in a FREE Henry Morris Study Bible.  Have constant access to the thoughts and interpretations of Henry Madison Morris, the man so many of us recognize as the father of the modern creation science movement. Continue Reading →

Six Ways to Get an Unspeakable Joy

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The celebration of Thanksgiving was originally set aside as a day to thank God for His provision, but for many it’s become like the ever popular “moment of silence.” Years ago when there was a national tragedy, people didn’t become momentarily silent as a sign of respect. They prayed. That was the normal thing to do. It was also once normal to have God at the center of Thanksgiving. As Christians we should celebrate Thanksgiving every day, but for some a thankful heart can wane.

depressed_comfortRecently I received the following question from an Associate Pastor. He said, “The last couple of months something has happened to me on the inside. I don’t know what it is but I have lost all desire for ministry. I still pray daily and read the Word, but things of ministry have no interest to me. I just cannot seem to stir myself back up. Any advice you think may help?” Continue Reading →