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Interview: Christmas in the early church: a modern-day testimony!

With Lisa M: How do you celebrate Christmas in a country where no one else does? And what can you learn about the true meaning of Christmas?

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Season 1, episode 14
26 min / Published December 23, 2019

Episode 14 -Have you ever wondered how Matthew and the early church experienced the first Christmases in a culture that fiercely opposed them? What can we learn from how they celebrate Christmas with each other?

Lisa spent over two decades experiencing Christmas the way the early church did—under conditions that called for wisdom in how to share Jesus with an unbelieving culture. Her story reminds us of what the first believers, like Matthew, might have experienced. How do you create your own Christmas when December 25 is a business day?

Join Stephanie and Lisa today, and sit together with them in the safety and comfort of an American home, with cookies, a fire and a cup of tea.

We start with Christmas trees and cookies, but then move on to exploring how a Christian minority in a Muslim country experiences the beauty of Christmas—and what we can learn from them!

A growing Christian family in an opposing culture. Lessons about Christmas to someone who has never experienced it. A scrawny Christmas tree that becomes a family heirloom. Christmas cookies for Muslim teachers—no angels, please!

And it gets better—how does one become a blessing to local believers in a country that might not completely accommodate them?

We don’t name the country out of respect. No need to try to guess. These timeless stories show us how to share Jesus at Christmas time today and remind us of what the very first believers went through to experience Christmas in the early church!

If you are free to celebrate Christmas this week, be grateful! And would you take a moment to pray for our brothers and sisters across the world, who will not enjoy this freedom this year?

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Merry Christmas!
find out more about Stephanie at www.stephanie-rousselle.com and www.gospel-spice.com !

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