Category Archives: A Family Life Christmas

Listen to Family Life’s special Christmas programming.

History Live – The Messiah Report

The Middle East.  Political unrest… an oppressive government… heavy taxation… violent radical factions seeking the government’s overthrow… and   freedom threatened by a foreign government because of a religious culture that refuses to bow to outside pressure to conform. It’s a picture that could be cut from today’s news clippings of the Middle East.   But this is a picture more than 2000 years old… the picture of Israel at the birth of its Messiah, Yeshua bar Joseph… the birth of Jesus, the Christ.  History Live – The Messiah Report brings the reality of late breaking news to the troubled, exciting and revolutionary time of birth of the Son of God.  We join real people, in a real place and time as they watch prophecy unfold before their eyes.  The past becomes the present as Family Life presents History Live – The Messiah Report as part of the Family Hour

To Seek the Child

Once again Family Life is bringing back this Moody Broadcasting production that has been a staple in our Christmas programming for a number of years.  It’s a dramatic story of Manassa, a Roman centurion, who is confronted with the reality of the birth of the Messiah.  He is torn between two worlds as he is asked to prove his allegiance to the king by killing all the babies born in the past two years while at the same time realizing that the baby Jesus is indeed the Messiah.

A Shepherd’s Encounter

This is a beautifully told first-person encounter with the Baby Jesus as told by one of the shepherds the angels visited. On a very normal night, Phillip, a lonely shepherd, suddenly found himself surrounded by Heaven’s glory when angels came to announce the birth of Christ—and later came face to face with the Son of God Himself! Experience the awe-inspiring moment when the Heavenly Hosts declared “Glory to God in the highest!” and walk through that unimaginable night with a shepherd whose life was forever changed. Featuring Adventures in Odyssey co-producer Phil Lollar as the voice of Phillip, re-discover this timeless story of Christ’s awesome, and humble, birth.

The Gift of the Magi

An offering from Focus on the Family for its Radio Theatre, this short story by O. Henry tells of two struggling newlyweds who each sell the one thing that they hold most dear in order to purchase the other a Christmas gift.  Brought to stage by the Family Life Performing Arts Department a few years ago, this story of sacrificial love is indeed a classic.

Candle in the Window

This is a production from Lamplighter Theater. Candle in the Window is the story of Tully who wants more than anything to make his teacher smile. But no one knows that Miss Ravenstow is trying to escape the pain from her past. No one that is, except for Todd the mailman, who holds in his hands something far more valuable than a special delivery. This Christmas the entire family can be inspired with a story that makes love real, that brings hope home that points us all to the Light of the World.

The Shepherd’s Prayer

A young man, orphaned as a baby, sets off to discover the truth about the circumstances of his birth, the fate of his parents, and his heritage.  Having been raised in a culture where bloodlines mean everything, he seems forever condemned to live as an outsider on the fringes of society until he discovers his true heritage.  His only clue is a cryptic message on a lambskin blanket about a child born in a stable in Bethlehem.  Who is this mysterious child?  And what could such a child have to do with his own birth and destiny?  The answers will change his life forever…and maybe yours.  This exciting radio drama is based on the book by Richard Barry and adapted for radio by Dave Arnold, Executive Producer of Adventures in Odyssey.  Take a journey to Bethlehem and experience the birth and life of Jesus Christ in a fresh and thought-provoking way.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Dennis Swanberg is known as “America’s Minister of Encouragement”. Most people think of “The Swan” as one who has makes them laugh – and laugh a lot. However, there’s a serious side to Dennis Swanberg as you will hear with, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Dennis tells the story of little Harley, a young boy who was born with severe problems.  He impersonates Jimmy Stewart in telling the story, and does so in such a way that every listener should make sure to have the Kleenex box close by!

The Unlikely Wisemen

Meet a man who died long before he truly lived. Robert Redfern is successful in businessman, but when it comes to family he says, “Love leads to loss and loneliness, and unless you’re strong enough to overcome it, it will ruin you…bankrupt you!” He develops this philosophy when his wife dies, and he blames God. He refuses invitations from his brother. He pushes his daughter away because she wants to marry someone who he says is “unable to give her the life that money can buy!” But the Lord reaches Robert through a little girl, a lamb, a clever butler, and some letters. Follow Robert Redfern on an unforgettable journey and learn the value of giving, family, and true faith in God. Lamplighter Theatre presents The Unlikely Wise Man.

You Are There

This dramatic production has been part of past Family Life Christmas programming and will be heard again this year as part of the Family Hour. You Are There was recently purchased by our friends at Lamplighter Theater who desire to restore it to use once again. The story is an audio re-enactment of the very first Christmas. Experience the birth of Jesus, the shepherds, the wisemen and even some events of Jesus as a young boy as if you were right on the scene. Feel the personal touch of what Mary and Joseph experienced from the announcement by Gabriel to the birth of Jesus to the hiding from Herod.

All Is Well

This is a classic work by Frank Peretti. All is Well is the story of a little girl in a single-parent home.  She wants so desperately to make some money so that her mother won’t feel badly about not having a good Christmas.  She tries to sell older odds and ends to the neighbors, but they’re not interested in buying until one man changes everything.  You’d better have the tissue box handy when listening to this story!  All is Well can be heard as part of the Family Hour