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Prepare Him Room Advent Curriculum by Marty Machowski

This excellent curriculum is great for any church during the Advent season.  It brings to the forefront how Christ fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies about His birth and ultimate resurrection.

Prepare Him Room Advent Curriculum by Marty Machowski

Prepare Him Room Advent Curriculum by Marty Machowski

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Includes 12-lesson CD, hardback Prepare Him Room Family Devotional, and reproducible template for a manager scene activity for elementary age children.

Make Room for Jesus in Your Classroom This December

Guide kids and their families into the heart of Christmas with this gospel-focused, four-week Advent curriculum. Prepare Him Room’s Christ-centered, biblical-theological approach connects Old Testament promises to their New Testament fulfillment in Christ in a way that kids can understand. With age-appropriate instruction and activities for three different learning levels—preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary—Prepare Him Room builds gospel hope and enduring theological depth into each child’s celebration of Christmas. Four weekly lessons feature a New Testament Bible story, a look at Old Testament promises, an object lesson, a craft, a coloring page, and a Christmas carol to sing together. Prepare Him Room will change the way kids and families at your church celebrate Christmas.

Connects Old and New Testaements to teach Christmas through a gospel-driven, biblical-theological perspective
Equips churches with an entire month’s worth of Advent teaching material
Bridges the gap between church and home by exploring the same gospel themes through church curriculum and family devotions
Provides age-appropriate instruction and activities for kids at three different levels—preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary
Offers unique, memorable, and inexpensive Christmas activities
Package includes 12 lessons on CD (each with black-and-white and color options), 1 hardback family devotional, and a reproducible template for a manger scene activity
CD with songs from the curriculum arranged and performed by Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Grace music available separately
Author

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series including The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, and the Gospel Story Curriculum. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski

Finding good advent books can be difficult.  Sometimes they are time consuming and overwhelming.  Often I have good intentions, but then I don’t follow through because it is already a crazy time of the year.

I am excited about this advent book because it is written by Marty Machowski.  He wrote the devotionals Long Story Short and Old Story New.  He simplifies his devotionals drawing on the importance of the Old Testament as to how it relates to the New Testament.  This advent devotional is no different.  He focuses on the prophesies of Christ and brings the Gospel story of the birth of Christ to life through fun and simple devotions that you do as a family three times a week.  We will be using this book this year, and hope that you will enjoy it too.

Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski

From the Publisher:
Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional

By Marty Machowski, illustrated by Sarah J. Bland-Halulko
A Gospel Story for Kids Resource

Make Room for a New Christmas Tradition

Christmas traditions become a treasured part of a family’s heritage, passed down from generation to generation. This brand new, four-week devotional guides your family on an unforgettable advent journey, exploring some of the most wonderful prophecies in the Bible and how God fulfills them in Christ. From Bible devotions which tell the Christmas story through the eyes of the prophets to an original Christmas short story called “Bartimaeus,” Prepare Him Room helps you build family Christmas traditions around Christ. The memorable and meaningful activities, songs, and stories of Prepare Him Room will become the fabric of your family’s Christmas memories. So gather them to watch the amazing gospel story unfold every December for generations to come!

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series including The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, and the Gospel Story Curriculum. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Sarah J. Bland Halulko lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and twin daughters. Influenced by her mentors and life experiences, her favorite forms of artistic expression include pen and ink drawing, watercolor, and photography.

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A Better December by Steven Estes

Know someone FRAZZLED or SAD this Christmas?  A Better December by Steve Estes applies Solomon’s Proverbs to holiday stresses.  Playful and tiny, this illustrated work would be a good gift for your unbelieving friends as it gently introduces Jesus during a month when they are receptive.

A Better December by Steve Estes

 

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For All Who Long for True Comfort and a True Home

Combining true, heart-warming stories with pen-and-ink illustrations, the book uncovers and answers our December longings. Beginning with bite-sized chapters of Solomon’s advice to frazzled, lonely people at Christmas, Steven Estes presents the ancient sage as penning his blockbuster Proverbs to help future readers through holiday stress and even sadness. Meant to be shared with all who long for a better December, it points the way to true comfort and a true home. A Better December is an ideal gift book for non-Christian friends and neighbors with a gradual, non-threatening introduction to the gospel.

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The War on Christmas by Bodie Hodge

For those of us who have questions about what really happened when Jesus was born, this is a great book to read!  Bodie Hodge answers some of those nagging questions, such as, did the Wise Men come to the stable or house or somewhere else?

When you buy this book, you also receive the book, A Fragrance of Christmas–all about Christmas traditions.

The War on Christmas by Bodie Hodge

 

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Is it a bunch of pagan symbols “Christianized” for the celebration?
Why is our concept of Christmas so important for those who don’t believe in Jesus?
Most may say Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but are we truly worshiping Him or just celebrating the earthly gifts we give ourselves?
Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school, decorating the tree, and more, Christmas is a time of peace and love. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? It has become ground zero in an ongoing culture war where Nativity scenes are nixed, Merry Christmas becomes Happy Holidays, and even the word “Christmas” is considered by some as offensive. Find the truth about Christmas and the Christian’s response to a culture that seems to be declaring war.

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You also receive for free The Fragrance of Christmas, a $5.99 value.

 

A Fragrance of Christmas

 

From holiday hospitality, to anticipating decorations that rekindle and renew traditions, this cozy keepsake captures the feeling and fragrance of Christmas.

A special acronym, C. H. R. I. S. T. M. A. S., reveals Christmas spirit secrets with these holiday defining terms . . . Celebration, Hope, Relationships, Invitation, Sharing, Tradition, Music, Anticipation, Saviour.  A perfect gift for family and friends who love to stroll down a snow-filled memory lane.

Start your own unique Christmas traditions with the simple essence contained in this book.

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Free when you purchase The War on Christmas.


Perfect Christmas by Gary and Jan Bower

At Christmas time, we just love to read beautifully illustrated books together that point to Christ.  So many books take the focus off of Christ by emphasizing presents or Santa Claus.  We hope you will enjoy this new book by the Bowers.

Perfect Christmas

 

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Set in a time of economic difficulty—not unlike our own—this is a delightful, charming, and heartening story filled with reminiscence and living truth.

For a family that cannot indulge every gift wish, the joy of what Christmas brings to each of them is more precious than they could have ever expected. Together they learn that every Christmas is a perfect Christmas—not because of what it brings, but because of who it celebrates.

Warmly illustrated in the style of Norman Rockwell or Currier and Ives, Perfect Christmas offers a message of love and joy as cozy and endearing as our warmest Christmas memories, while creating a new tradition that young readers will cherish for all their Christmases to come.
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Family Book of Advent, PB by Carol Garborg

Family Book of Advent PB by Carol Garborg

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Remember the childhood excitement and joy of counting down the days until Christmas? Maybe your family carefully marked off each day on the calendar or you simply counted and recounted the days on your fingers.

Now you can create unforgettable memories for your family with The Family Book of Advent. It’s the perfect way to spend quality time with your young children while helping them grasp the true meaning of Christmas.

As part of our Pocket Inspi rations series, this hands-on devotional draws families together to celebrate the coming of Christmas through Scripture, questions, stories, and simple activities. As the Christmas story unfolds, bonds are created–bonds that will last a lifetime. It is the one present your family will be happy to share!

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Pocket Version PB

 


Family Book of Advent HC by Carol Garborg

Family Book of Advent by Carol Garborg

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Now families can create significant and unforgettable memories with The Family Book of Advent. It’s the perfect way to spend quality time with young children during the Advent season while helping them grasp the true meaning of Christmas.

Capture the childhood excitement and joy of counting down the days until Christmas with this fun hands-on devotional. Scripture, questions, stories, and simple activities draw families together to celebrate the coming of Christmas. As the events in the story of Jesus’ birth and life unfold, parents and children will build bonds of tradition and faith that will last a lifetime. It is the one present all members of the family will be happy to share!

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Hardback version

 


Advent Calendar: Christmas Quiz CD Rom

Advent Calendar: Christmas Quiz CD

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Learn and share astonishing facts that will enrich your appreciation of Jesus, our Creator and Savior!

This cheerful computer “game” is filled with fun Christmas facts, merry music, and colorful images—all designed to teach the truth about this wonderful holiday, and the traditions surrounding it.

It’s so easy to get over-busy with all the shopping, cooking, and parties each December, that we fail to adequately emphasize to our own families the true meaning of Christmas. This CD-Rom is designed to be used on any PC or Mac computer. It excites and informs both children and adults with fun facts, songs and true accounts of the origin of various traditions surrounding the holiday. Whether you take it all in at once (like most users!), or once per day, the Advent Calendar is sure to enrich your appreciation of Jesus, the Creator and Savior!

A different tradition or historical fact is covered for each of the 24 days of Advent. Start anytime and view as many “days” as you like. You will learn true and astonishing information behind each of the following (plus much more along the way!).

■Advent Calendars
■The 12 Days of Christmas
■Christmas Carols
■Presents (and St. Nicholas)
■Holly Tree
■Mistletoe
■Christmas Stockings
■Poinsettia plants
■The Yule Log
■Candy Canes
■Boxing Day
■Christmas Bells
■Christmas Crackers
■Christmas Trees
■Reindeer
■Treetop Star
■Christmas Food
■Christmas Cards
■Christmas Lights
■Holidays
■Christmas Day
■Nativity
■Candles
■Christmas Eve

The birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem was a critical event in the fulfillment of God’s timeless plan for man’s redemption–necessitated by Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately the birth of the Christ-child is also one of the most-distorted events in history. This unique resource was designed by a physician who wanted a way to reach out to non-Christians in his city and help them understand that Christ came into the world on the very first Christmas.

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Celebrating Advent: Family Devotions and Activities for the Christmas Season by Ann Hibbard

Celebrating Advent: Family Devotions and Activities for the Christmas Season by Ann Hibbard

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If you ask kids what Christmas is about, you’ll get a variety of answers. Presents, decorating, presents, Santa Claus, presents, carols . . . presents. Few will say anything about Christ. How would your kids answer that question?

In a culture obsessed with material things, it can be difficult to help our kids understand and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. In Celebrating Advent, author Ann Hibbard has created a way for parents to set aside a daily time during Advent to talk with their kids about the spiritual meaning of the season.

Learn practical steps you can take to make Christmas a more meaningful, happy experience for your family. Inspiring and creative family devotions provide a moment of peace and reflection for each evening of Advent, while fun and inexpensive project ideas help you focus your kids’ attention on what really matters at Christmas: Christ.

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Jesus: The Ultimate Gift by Lance Wubbels

Jesus: the Ultimate Gift by Lance Wubbels

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This beautiful book reminds readers that the only important gift of Christmas is Jesus.
Through inspirational quotes, scriptures, and prose, Lance Wubbels offers a thoughtful look at how we can unwrap the grace and love of Christ.Jesus: The Ultimate Gift explores the wonder of the birth of Christ who came to give man what the Apostle Paul called “God’s indescribable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15)
In the midst of the season’s busyness, appreciate anew God’s humble yet profound gift: “As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas, we need to remember that all gifts are ultimately but a reflection of Jesus, who is the Gift.God became one of us . . . as a baby boy with a tiny smile and two ears and ten fingers and ten toes. Once we see Him for who He really is, we are never the same.”

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