advent week 1 – doing christmas vs living christmas

Before participating in our Advent video or reading the blog, consider reading Mark 13:33-37 to prepare your heart for Dennis’ message.

It seems like every year as a production person, you start to tense up and a little bit of anxiety starts to creep in. Christmas is coming and you’re thinking, how are we ever going to get through this?

Then we get past the planning mode and we get into building, designing and the logistics of everything. Your brain goes on overload with stress, frustration and needing clarity to get it done in time. 

As I was reading Mark 13, it talks about being ready, on watch. Don’t be caught asleep when the master of the house comes home. We could easily cruise through Christmas again this year, going through the motions. The craziness will make it fly by and if we’re not careful, you’ll miss what Christmas is really about. 

Instead of just doing Christmas for church this year, let’s focus on LIVING Christmas this year. Stay focused on doing your best for God in the midst of it all.


Need some community and prayer during this time? Reach out to us and let us know how we can pray for you, your family, your team, and your church this holiday season!

Dennis Choy

Dennis Choy

Dennis currently oversees the production teams at Saddleback Church in CA. Before that, he was the Executive and Production Pastor for 25 years at North Coast Church in San Diego, CA. Creating and developing Production, Creative and Communications teams are his favorite areas to lead and serve. Dennis is excited to share his experiences (the good and the bad) with anyone that wants to hear. He gives a real-life perspective of “how things really work” in the church world. Dennis has had the privilege of teaching classes at FILO, NAB, INFOCOMM, SALT, NAMM and other conferences around the country.

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