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WHAT HAPPENED TO CHRISTMAS?
Remember Christmas? That time when we celebrate the birth of a savior who came to turn empires with a revolutionary love that is still changing the world this very minute?
WHEN DID THAT
BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT?
AND NOW FOR THE GASPING FACTS...
Americans spend an average of $450 Billion a year each Christmas. That’s about $900 per family. Most of which gets returned anyway. Most of which is put on the credit card. Most of which isn’t paid off even by the time the next Christmas rolls around. Told you. Gasp!
Is that the story God had in mind at Christmas? Is that the Christmas you’ve always dreamed of?
Freedom. Restoration. Joy. For everyone (including little old you). This is what was on Jesusâ€™ agenda. This was his gift to the world. This is what we all long for, and why we are called to worship Jesus during the advent season in big, bold, world-changing ways.
[ An Advent seas on of suffocating in a pile of to-do lists an d presents that h ave no meaning and c ertainly wonâ€™t make it in the photo albums.
So what kind of story would you like to enter?
An Advent season of huge awestruck worship that honors Christ and brings you closer to the ones you love the most while saving lives in the process.
YEAH, THAT’S THE STORY WE WANT TOO That’s why Advent Conspiracy exists. Simply put, we want to celebrate Christmas the way it was intended:
With Jesus. For Jesus. We want to put an end to feeling like Christmas won’t work if we don’t buy everything on the list. We are actively resisting a culture that guilts us into overspending. We want to love in ways that are loud, messy, uncool and with zero net return. So how do we do that? The process is easier than returning that egg timer you got last year…
[ WORSHIP FULLY ] It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. This is the holistic approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season where we are called to put down our burdens and lift a song up to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. It’s the party of the year. Entering the story of advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.
[ SPEND LESS ] Before you think we’re going all Scrooge on you, keep reading. How often have you spent money on Christmas presents for no other reason than obligation? How many times have you received a gift out of that same obligation? Thanks, but no thanks, right? We’re asking people to consider spending less this Christmas (maybe buying one last gift-just one). Sounds insignificant, yet many who have taken this small sacrifice have experienced something nothing less than a miracle: They have been more available to celebrate Christ during the advent season.
[ GIVE MORE ] God’s gift to us was a relationship built on love. So it’s no wonder why we’re drawn to the idea that Christmas should be a time to love our friends and family in the most memorable ways possible. Time is the real gift Christmas offers us, and no matter how hard we look, it can’t be found at the mall. Time to make a gift that turns into the next family heirloom. Time to write mom a letter. Time to take the kids sledding. Time to bake really good cookies and sing really bad Christmas carols. Time to make love visible through relational giving. Sounds a lot better than getting a sweater two sizes too big, right?
[ LOVE ALL ] When Jesus loved, He loved in ways never imagined before. Though rich, he became poor to love the poor, the forgotten, the overlooked and the sick. He played to the margins. By spending less at Christmas we have the opportunity to join Him in giving resources to those who need help the most. When Advent Conspiracy first began four churches challenged this simple concept to its congregations. The result raised more than a half million dollars to aid those in need. So, this isn’t a theory based on good intentions. It’s a movement that’s saving lives.
Less spending. More relational giving. More resources to help those who need it most. Are you getting whatâ€™s happening here?
3,900 children die every day from water-born illnesses 1.6 billion people live without access to clean water 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation 1.8 million die every year due to diarrheal illnesses
IF THOSE NUMBERS MAKE YOU SICK, THINK ABOUT HOW THEY FEEL.
“This year, Advent Conspiracy helped us to worship God’s son and honor His arrival. The wild, yet simple concept gave us freedom to do Christmas in a way we had always longed for, but could never quite articulate.”
Anya-Mosaic Church, Portland, OR “I am very blessed this Christmas, and now I can rest knowing that roughly 2,300 more people in Africa will be receiving what they believe to be a miracle, clean water. And for many, renewed hope in life, more enjoyment in life and an extended life.”
Amie-Threads Church, Portage, MI “God has given us a huge vision for [AC] next year. I’ve already began talking to other pastors; we’ve bought a website and we’re gonna get 50-100 churches in Corpus involved! We also have a vision to have a community wide Christmas Eve service as a climax to the giving.”
John-Fellowship of Oso Creek, Corpus Christi, TX
ARE YOU READY TO ENTER THE STORY? Advent Conspiracy is asking every church to donate at least 25% of their Christmas service offering to clean water projects around the world. If you’re a business, we ask that you consider making this movement a part of your annual charitable donation. Let’s take a stand together and show the world that Christ is here, still loving, still caring for those in need. It’s what one less gift can do. We’ve been working with Living Water International to bring clean water to people around the world. For more information on this movement, visit www.water.cc. (NO MIDDLE MAN HERE. No money comes through Advent Conspiracy. Send it directly to Living Water and watch what happens.) For more information, go to adventconspiracy.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published on Sep 4, 2008
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