Through this ongoing series, we want to share theological resources that have helped us grow in knowledge and understanding of the Lord, and appreciation for our shared Christian faith through the wider body of Christ. Whether blog posts, music, books, podcasts, visual art, etc., we hope that you can discover new sources of edification and encouragement.
This is our Christmas edition of Spotlight! Enjoy resources selected by Of Larks' contributors to help you worship our Immanuel this Christmas season. And follow Of Larks on Facebook for weekly meditations through this season of reflection on the incarnation of Christ; "thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift" (2 Cor. 9:15).
"Of Larks is now on Spotify! My Christmas season started a bit early in helping to compile this list in time—but no complaints here; I sat in the richness of this season's music and spent more time on the miracle subject of a baby who is also King. Listening through this playlist over these weeks has added a new layer of spiritual meditation to my days. And I am resolved to take music more deliberately with me now through the year. (I imagine that means more playlists to come.) Of Larks' Christmas playlist includes Christmas carols and originals from artists like Sandra McCracken, Sara Groves, Page CXVI, Sojourn, Sovereign Grace Music, Red Mountain Church, JJ Heller, Ellie Holcomb, Whitney Bozarth, and more." - Lianna
"Each year, we read through an Advent devotional to intentionally prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of our dear Savior. This devotional, complied from various writings by John Piper, provides a daily reading from December 1st through the 25th, keeping Jesus as the focus throughout the month of December. Often, I find myself becoming distracted with Christmas shopping, preparations, and decorations. What I enjoyed most about this devotional is its invitation to daily pause and reflect on the innumerable attributes of our Good King." - Abby
"It's not quite Thanksgiving [at the time of writing] and my excitement for Christmas is that of a little girl's. I have one, after all, and two sweet boys too. In addition to myself, I'm so eager for my little children to experience to the fullest the joy, hope, and merriment that is Christmas. As I peruse Pinterest for for all ideas merry and bright, I will gratefully meditate on this timely reminder from Jon Bloom, over at Desiring God, to Lay Aside the Weight of Christmas Expectations. For just as surely as Christmas will come, my Pinterest Christmas will also frustrate and overwhelm me unless I remember that Christmas is really all about the unexpected and unplanned. That 'Christmas is not about fulfilling our holiday expectations. It's about celebrating Jesus' overwhelming accomplishment for us and following in His humble footsteps.'" - Linnea
GIFTS & DECOR | Biblical Christmas Gifts and Décor List
"We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the 'reason for the season,' but how open and clear are we making this message at Christmastime? Just as our Messiah was born through humble means, we too can use the smallest ways to bring the saving Word of the Gospel to others. Our Lord has the power to use our mingling holiday conversations, the notes on our Christmas cards, or even our homes’ décor, or our apparel in sharing the Gospel story with those around us.
Etsy has an abundance of creative, unique, and special biblical items to decorate your home and give to loved ones this Christmas. Take a look at my Christ-centered Christmas favorites. I pray you use these items to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all you do this season." - Meredith
CRAFTING | Advent Calendar Adaptation
"Some of my favorite Christmas decorations are the ones that not only make our home cozy and cheery for the season, but also have a purpose. For the past couple years my husband and I have followed an Advent reading plan, either from HeReadsTruth, SheReadsTruth, Desiring God, or one our church is following. Rather than simply following along, with our daily readings, we made an adaptation of this 'kindness calendar' by placing our daily reading inside each baggie according to the day. Every morning or evening we would go to our wall calendar, take down the corresponding day, and read through the passage inside. It has become a fun visual reminder for our family as well as guests in our home during the celebration of Christ’s birth." - Lindsay
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