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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Friday, December 9, 2011
On our program of 12/9, I gave some thoughts about going home at Christmas as a Christian.

1. You were created by God as a unique human being. Don’t try to be Billy Graham, Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, Erwin Lutzer or any other famous apologist.
2. You aren’t going to argue people into heaven.
3. Relax. It’s not all up to you. We each need to do our part, but ultimately the results are in God’s hands
4. GOING BACK AT CHRISTMAS IS AN ACT OF FAITH
5. Don’t be afraid to have fun at Christmas. Rejoice. Let your friends and family see that you have a life worth living.
6. You don’t have to be the holy spirit to your friends and family.
7. Questions are always better than statements.
8. Listen. Maybe this is the Christmas you really listen.
9. Jesus came into the mess of life. Don’t be afraid to go into the mess of your family.
10. Pray pray pray. What could happen to your gathering if you prayed for those individuals?
11. If someone makes a snide comment about your faith, don’t make it a big deal. Jesus said they would hate you because of him. Take it in stride and don’t make this about you.
12. What does love look like here?

On the night of his birth, love looked like a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

When he was 12, love looked like submission to his mother and father.

When he was 30, love looked like being baptized and being in submission to the father.

Love sometimes drives out money changers.

It also touches lepers.

Love sometimes looks like weeping with others, as he did at Lazarus’ tomb.

Love sometimes looks like standing up to the religious zealots of the day who want to shackle people with their rules and regulations.

Love sometimes looks like forgiveness…for as they drove the nails in his feet and hands, he was forgiving them.

How will you be Jesus to those around you this Christmas?

But remember this: The success or failure of your trip back cannot be judged on the response of the people you’re trying to reach. Look at what happened to Jesus. In the limited perspective of humans, it looked like he failed many times. People ran him out of town, threw him out of the synagogue for his teaching. Crucified him. From the human standpoint people would consider that utter failure, but in God's economy, it was perfection. Jesus perfectly fulfilled God's plans--and when you follow his lead, it won't always seem like success.

Well, I’m praying you’ll have a Nicodemus moment with a friend or family member. But if you don’t have one, don’t be discouraged. Be faithful in what God asks you to do. And LEAVE the results up to him.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chris, it was great to talk with you and to hear the conversation with the other callers. I am much more confident and at peace with the coming family gatherings. God bless you & yours, and Merry Christmas! James in Kenosha WI

Cindy said...

Thanks for writing your thoughts so eloquently- so many times you write what I'm feeling and can't express- this was one of those times!

In the vein of relaxing and having fun, does Wally the Snowflake ever make an appearance on Chris Fabry Live???