John 15:5-6 says, I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me. If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be thrown away. You will be like dry branches that are gathered up and burned in a fire.
Branches can't live and produce fruit without the tree. You can't be a Christian and produce fruit without Jesus. If you're wondering what kind of fruit Jesus is talking about here, Galatians 5:22-23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
If you're wondering how you stay connected to Jesus, you read your Bible, go to church and Bible Study and talk to God (pray).
Thousands of children go without Christmas gifts each year because their families can't afford them. You may not have a lot of money, but perhaps you can afford to buy a toy for an underprivileged child. Acts 2:45 says, They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. The early christians sold some of their stuff so they could give to those in need. You can leave gifts at Target stores around Australia and Uniting Care will distribute them to those in need. Find out more here.
I love these sharpie art plates by Shabby Art Boutique. You could make great Christmas gifts by writing Bible verses or song lyrics on them. All you need is a sharpie pen, a cheap plate from K-Mart, Target or Big W and an oven. Find the instructions here.
Imagine you invited your friends to celebrate your birthday and they all made excuses that they couldn't come. You would feel pretty upset. Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birthday but often we get so busy shopping, going to parties, catching up with friends, that we forget what it's all about. You can find short Christmas devotions at http://studentdevos.com.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.