This Christmas, Don’t Miss the Big Picture

This Christmas, Don’t Miss the Big Picture

This advent season, check the Vyrso blog each weekday for advent reflections that will inspire and encourage you to reflect on the true reason for Christmas. You’ll hear from a variety of authors with original posts and featured excerpts from Christmas-focused ebooks.

Check out this excerpt from Scott James’ The Expected One, published by B&H Publishing Group, an ebook written to reflect on how to take a step back and focus on making Christmas a true time of worship.

We are a people of divided attention, and nowhere is this more evident than during the Christmas season. Despite our best intentions to focus on what really matters during the holidays it’s easy to become distracted by the commotion and festivities. (Click to Tweet!)

The repeated refrain to “keep Jesus the reason for the season” wisely reminds us not to lose sight of Christ amidst everything else. As cliché as this phrase has become, we still do well to heed it. In attempting this, however, there is also a danger of narrowing our field of vision a bit too much.

While celebrating the miraculous birth of the Christ Child, it’s possible to compartmentalize the nativity and, in doing so, diminish the cohesive beauty of the bigger redemptive picture. As wonderful and praiseworthy as the Incarnation is, its significance is integrally tied to the rest of God’s story of redeeming love.

God didn’t just promise His people that a miracle child would be born. He also promised that this Child would grow up to be the loving Shepherd of His people, the place-switching Sacrifice, the resurrected Lord, and the righteous King who reigns in glory forever. But there is yet another promise: this King is coming back for His people! (Click to Tweet!)

As we celebrate the first coming of the Expected One during Advent, let’s also look forward in hopeful anticipation of His second coming.

Let’s keep in mind the whole picture of who Jesus is, worshipping Him as the fulfillment of all of God’s promises to us, “For every one of God’s promises is ‘Yes’ in Him” (2 Corinthians 1:20 HCSB).

This Christmas:

  • Be careful not to stunt your worship through tunnel vision that fails to connect the nativity scene to the rest of the story.
  • Prepare your heart to truly celebrate the glorious truth of the nativity by recognizing how the Christmas miracle fits into the larger scope of God’s redemptive promises.
  • Meditate deeply on the salvation promised and provided by God through Jesus Christ, the long-expected Messiah, and keep that Jesus the reason for the season.


Interested in reading more? Get Scott James’ The Expected One today.

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7 Reflections on Giving Thanks to God

Give Thanks

“. . .  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessolanians 5:16

The Bible clearly calls us to give thanks no matter our circumstance. However, it can be easy to forget to give thanks during hard times, and even good times. Often we blame God for our issues instead of thanking him for all of our blessings.

Reflect on giving thanks, no matter what your circumstances are, with the help of these insightful quotes:

“Only God is worthy to be praised. In all we do and all we are, our lives should pay tribute to God. Nothing else is good enough. Offer to God thanksgiving and praise, for He alone is deserving.”—Barbour Publishing, A Collection of Thanksgiving Blessings: Inspiration and Encouragement for a Season of Gratitude

“Jesus Christ went without comfort so that you might have it. He postponed joy so that you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so that you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow. He had no real fellowship so that fellowship might be yours, this moment. This alone is enough cause for great gratitude!”—Joni Eareckson Tada, A Thankful Heart in a World of Hurt

“The power of gratitude is the ability to see the good. More specifically, a grateful person is free to see the good. When we give thanks, our eyes are opened and our hearts can understand. Simply having eyes doesn’t guarantee sight. Eyes must be opened in order to see.”—Joshua Choomnim Kang, Spirituality of Gratitude: The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness

“Gratitude isn’t a drug to escape or ignore the reality of desperate circumstances. Instead, it gives us the courage to confront our problems, offering hope where hope cannot be found.”—Joshua Choomnim Kang, Spirituality of Gratitude: The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness

Even in our darkest hour, there is always something for which we can say thanks. It should always be in our hearts to bless God as He has blessed us”—Helen Steiner Rice,  Little Daily Graces: A Celebration of Thankfulness

We can be grateful that when the world is spinning, the heavenly Father is our anchor, our rock. What He says today holds true for tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. He will always love us.—Rebecca Currington, Everyday Thanks: Spiritual Refreshment for Women

“But nothing can affect how we live our lives more than forgetting the benefits of the Lord! When we forget what God has done for us in the past, we lose hope for the future and become discouraged. However, when we remind ourselves of how God has saved our souls, answered our prayers, and met our needs, our faith is renewed and our hearts overflow with thanksgiving!”—Karla Dornacher, Give Thanks

Now as you gather round the table with your friends and family this Thanksgiving holiday, you can spend time giving thanks by reflecting on all the ways God and his love have blessed you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Improve Your Marriage with Matt and Lauren Chandler!

Mingling of Souls

On February 19–20, Matt and Lauren Chandler are hosting the Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference in Jacksonville, Florida to talk about God’s good design for love, marriage, sex, and redemption.

The Chandlers are dedicated to making their conference available to everyone, not just those who can afford to travel and attend the event in person, so they are extending the invite to couples, small groups, and churches with the option to virtually attend the conference.

Stream the live conferenceget your ticket to attend virtually, now

After you get your ticket, follow Matt and Lauren’s Mingling of Souls Faithlife Group. Here you’ll be able to stream the live conference, get free access to The Mingling of Souls ebook from January 15 through February 15, join a reading plan where you can interact with Matt and Lauren, and you’ll even be entered to win an iPad Air 2.

Join thousands of others from the comfort of your home or church to watch this event. There are a variety of ticket types available with prices based on the size of your church or group, making it affordable for all!

Here are the three ways to attend:

  • As a couple: up to two people can attend, watch the conference with your significant other or spouse from the comfort of your living room for just $19.99
  • As a small group: share the experience and host your friends to strengthen your marriage together, 1 house is only $69.99
  • As a church: transform your church campus into a host site. For just $2.00 per person (or less, depending on the church size) you can invite every couple in your church and watch the conference on your own schedule. Depending on church size your ticket price will range from $199.99$399.99..

Don’t wait—get your ticket today!

After you get your ticket, simply log in and go to the Faithlife Group on February 19 to stream the live event!*

*Your ticket is connected to the Faithlife account it was purchased through. Login to the specified Faithlife account to stream the event from the Faithlife Group.

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Five Ebooks to Help You Prepare for Advent

Advent Sale

Every Christmas, Christians all over the world celebrate the Advent season, recognizing the love, hope, joy, and peace that is found only in Jesus.

With a new Advent season coming quickly, it’s time to step away from the noise and into a quiet place of true intimacy with Christ.

Prepare your heart with reflections of God’s love this Advent season—these five ebooks from Vyrso’s Advent sale, available through November 30, are great places to start.

The Expected One by Scott James

Regular Price: $8.99

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In The Expected One, Scott James brings to light the many promises of Christ—from birth to ascension—that demonstrate his love for us during this Christmas season. This ebook is one of daily devotions, which are designed for both family and individual use, are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas.

Same Love by Paul Balonche

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In the spring of 2011, acclaimed worship artist and songwriter Paul Baloche released his twelfth album—The Same Love. Each new song was birthed from a genuine inspired moment, an experience Paul describes as an “other than” place. It was out of this place that he created lyrics and melodies designed to achieve his ongoing goal of building a legacy of graciousness. But there were also moments in between the songs where Paul felt there was more to be said. This book is that collection of moments, a progression of thoughts and prayers different from the lyrics but the same as the songs.

The Miracle of Christmas by Stormie Omartian

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In bestselling author Stormie Omartian’s joyous tribute to the birth of Jesus, the events surrounding a baby born long ago in a stable come to life in stories the whole family will love.

Stormie gives the reader a warm and personal look at the age-old story of Christ’s birth. Each story provides an inviting glimpse of possible reactions, perceptions, and actions of the characters, and at the end of the chapter, Stormie provides a prayer for a modern-day audience that powerfully connects readers to the heart of a loving and compassionate Savior.

Yuletide Blessings by Nan Corbitt Allen

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From the ancient biblical story to those modern holiday favorites we watch on television every year, for those who seek meaning in the chaos of Christmas, Yuletide Blessings gathers truths, myths, and legends that point readers back to “the reason for the season.”

A perfect companion for quiet nights by the colorfully lit tree, this cozy book of brief essays is topically arranged by author Nan Corbitt Allen. The biblical roots of Christmas are explored in separate entries about angels, shepherds, Mary and Joseph, the wise men, and the little town of Bethlehem. Next, we learn stories behind characters and traditions that followed: the little drummer boy, decorations, St. Nicholas, and more.

The Christ of Christmas by Calvin Miller

Regular Price: $8.99

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More and more people are now looking for ways to celebrate the Advent season. This modern favorite from Calvin Miller features brief everyday devotions for the entire month of December that bring readers back to the very first Christmas. Each devotion includes a full-page Scripture reading, main message, call-out quote, and written prayer. For anyone who desires a longer stay, there’s an additional passage to read from outside the Gospel accounts based on the day’s theme, as well as discussion questions that encourage group study or family time.

Prepare for Advent with these ebooks and more when you check out the Advent sale!

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Picturing Scripture | A Collaborative Verse Art Project

Picturing Scripture

19 different artists and 31 different writers contributed their talent to Picturing Scripture, Faithlife’s new coffee table book available for pre-order through Kickstarter!

Each designer worked hard to capture the essence of each verse in its historical and cultural context.

Then, after each design was complete, a writer reflected on each piece of art and the verse that inspired it.

The result is 100 pairs of art and devotional content that illuminate the words of Scripture.

Here’s an example of a reflection based on John 17:4 from author, Joey Cochran:

John 17:4

Reflecting on this all-encompassing, gospel-rich text, I was struck by Christ’s heaven-to-earth accomplished work. Humble he came to man as man, hanging out with stinky fishermen and dirty farmers. (Click to Tweet!) He fished and farmed like anyone else while on this heaven-sent-to-earth mission.

He knew water’s danger, the sure footing of land, and the soil’s richness. The woodwork he crafted, he did knowing timber would undo him. He taught fishermen to catch more than they could imagine—men unleashed for the great catch of souls. He told those farmers he would become broken bread for them to feed on, the grain of seed to die so the new seed might spring forth and a white harvest reaped.

In glorifying the Father, Christ reflects him to us. He exhibits humility and power: humility to do the stinky and dirty work and power that calms storms, nets massive catches of fish, and multiplies bread and fish. Am I learning to do earth-to-heaven work like Jesus’ heaven-to-earth work? Am I learning to glorify the Father and accomplish something eternal? 

Notable authors and artists that contributed to bringing the scripture to life through their designs and reflections include:


Jim LePage—freelance artist and designer. He founded who sells digital Bible art, and he co-created Old & New, a collaborative Bible design project. He is the #1 search result on Google for “Bible reading idiot.”

Corbin Watkins—is a designer and illustrator with a love for mid-century modern design and children’s books. He runs his own letterpress shop in Bellingham, Washington, where he lives with his wife Alli, their son, Ulysses, and their dog, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Jon Deviny—is an illustrator and designer hailing from Spokane, Washington. By day he does art direction for video games, but he spends his nights in the studio screen-printing and creating art. He finds constant encouragement and inspiration with his wife and son.


Joey Cochran—Holds a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the pastoral assistant at Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois. He is the weekly resource reviewer for Lifeway’s blog for pastors.

Gwen Smith—Speaker, worship leader, co-founder of the Girlfriends in God blog on, and author of Broken into Beautiful.

Rebecca Van Noord—Editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine, and co-author of Connect the Testaments.


Reserve your copy of Picturing Scripture today by supporting the Kickstarter campaign!

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Five Passages in the Old Testament That Point to Jesus

Prepare for Advent

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.—John 3:16  

During the season of Advent, we are reminded of God’s love for us that is full of undeserved forgiveness and salvation. 

In fact, throughout the Old Testament, God stays true to his people and promised Jesus’ coming. We have pulled together five passages through out the Old Testament that reveal these promises of love and redemption!

God promised to send a savior:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.—Genesis 3:15

God promised the savior would bring peace:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. —Isaiah 9:6-7

God promised the savior would come with humility:

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. —Zechariah 9:9 (Click to Tweet!)

God promised the savior would come and conquer death:

He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. —Isaiah 25:8

God promised that the savior’s triumph is everlasting:

And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. —Daniel 7:14 (Click to Tweet!)


Because of God’s love for us, he sent Jesus to come in humility, to bring peace, to conquer death, and to bring eternal life.

As you anticipate the Christmas season, we want to encourage you to take time, be still, and reflect on God’s love and faithfulness with discounted resources, through November 30, available in Vyrso’s Advent sale.

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Don’t Miss Exclusive Deals from Vyrso this Black Friday Weekend

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Black Friday is the start to a weekend of incredible discounts and deals from all of your favorite retailers. But with so many great deals and discounts, it can be hard to keep track of all the offers.

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Prepare Your Heart This Advent Season

Advent Sale

The Advent season is coming—starting on November 29, churches across the world will be looking toward the coming of the Messiah as a baby, and homes across the world will be decorating trees, buying gifts, and hanging lights.

Before our eyes this magical season, focused on love and giving, will begin.

Unfortunately as this season begins, so does a season of busyness and preparation for family gatherings, holiday parties, and more. During those days, it can be easy to lose sight of Jesus, the reason for the season.

Vyrso wants to help you step away from the noise and into a quiet place of true intimacy with Christ.

Prepare your heart with reflections of God’s love this Advent season with discounted ebooks through Novmeber 30—all included in Vyrso’s Advent sale.

Get Vyrso’s featured Advent bundlethree Advent devotionals for just $5.99! 

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Jean Wise

Wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate Christmas simply, without all the hype and stress? Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room—An Advent Devotional can help! This ebook will encourage you to “reduce the clutter” of the Christmas season, making room for Jesus in your life.

Our Family Christmas: An Advent Devotional by Karon Phillips Goodman with Barbour Publishing

You want Christmas to be meaningful and memorable—and that’s the idea behind Our Family Christmas, a “memory-making devotional” for families with children elementary age and younger. In 28 thoughtful readings, you’ll see the true meaning of the holiday, and be encouraged to perform simple activities to enhance your enjoyment of Christmas.

The Faith of St. Nick: An Advent Devotional by Ann Nichols

He is known by many names: Nicholas of Myra, St. Nicholas, St. Nick, Santa Claus, but who is this man both young and old hold so dear? Take a Christ-centered journey this Christmas season unlike any you have ever experienced in this unique Advent devotional! Get to know the real man of great faith who loved Jesus.


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Today Only: Save 80% with the Marriage and Relationships Bundle

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A Christ-Centered Wedding first serves as a guide to believers who want their wedding to portray the relationship of Christ with the church and to reflect the gospel to all in attendance. From the start, this thoughtful book looks to the Creator of weddings for guidance in planning by emphasizing the sacrificial love of the Savior more than the modern world’s idealistic view of romantic love.

Joyfully Single in a Couples’ World: Knowing Contentment, Peace, and Fulfillment—Now by Harold J Sala

Many facets of our world appear biased toward the couples’ lifestyle; that being alone means being unfulfilled–that singleness is a second-class status. In Joyfully Single in a Couples’ World, Bible teacher Harold J. Sala writes about finding fulfillment in your life as a single. He’ll walk you through making peace with your dreams, handling other people’s expectations, the beauty of friendships, and God’s will guide readers to great joy in the here and now.

Ever After: Life Lessons Learned in My Castle of Chaos by Vicki Courtney

In Ever After, best-selling author Vicki Courtney addresses the realities of marriage and motherhood, the difficulties and the blessings. It offers women a behind the scenes glimpse of what a fairytale really looks like on the average day for the average wife and mom.

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