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I love the message in this song. For me, it's not Christmas until I hear Casting Crowns "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day."
My favorite Christmas song hands down is Joy Williams "Here With Us." I believe this song captures the true meaning of Christmas in a single line.... "Heaven's love reaching down to save the world." A new tradition in my home is watching the Nativity Story a couple days before Christmas to get us focused on the real meaning of Christmas. I found this video on Youtube that combines both the song and clips from the movie. Give it 4:43... and it will put you in the proper Christmas mindset.
In my ideal world, every child would grow up in a safe and loving home, but we know this world isn't ideal. For the last 5 years my wife and I have been Foster Parents in Southern Nevada. In that time we have met children who've faced things that I couldn't have imagined in my worst nightmares. But, it is truly amazing how a safe place and love can free a child from their past.
My wife and I have been watching X-Factor since the show debut this past fall. One of our favorites from the beginning has been Rachel Crow. This little girl is a ball of sunshine, watching her on stage you just have to believe there is something special about her....... and there is.
The Rock and Worship Roadshow is coming back to Las Vegas in February. Check out what Mercy Me, Jars Of Clay, Matt Maher, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Afters & Lecrae do during their downtime on the tour.
At Winter Jam I made some new friends..... Bob and Larry! I also scored some cool points with my kids and you can do the same by checking out the VeggieTales' Thanksgiving Sale!
Since this month is National Adoption Month, I wanted to showcase some SOS listeners that have experienced adoption first hand. I would like to introduce you to the Souza family.
As we enter the season of thanks, I have to ask myself, am I truly thankful? Sure, I mean God's done some amazing things in my life. I have six kids and an amazing wife. Life is pretty good. Then I was challenged by a quote a Pastor posted on Twitter.........
"What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?"
Veterans Day is coming up Friday November 11th and Applebee's want's to show their appreciation. On Veterans Day, Veterans and those currently serving will be able to eat a free meal at participating Applebee's restaurants. For all the details click here!
( Photo by Paul A. Valentine )