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assemblyHUB’s 2015 Gift Giving Guide

assemblyHUB’s 2015 Gift Giving Guide

With Christmas only two weeks away there isn’t much time left to get that perfect gift for each person on your list.  To help you complete your task we have collected a list of suggestions from the assemblyHUB team.


Who says gift giving has to be expensive? With a little creativity you can give some truly meaningful gifts without spending any money.

Do you have someone in your family or assembly with a young family?  If so why not give them the gift of babysitting?  In lieu of a more traditional gift a dear sister in our assembly gave my wife and I one night of babysitting a month for 12 months.  It was a fantastic gift and helped us to keep our sanity!

Another idea is to give the gift of volunteer service at a local rescue mission or soup kitchen in the name of whom you are giving the gift.   On Christmas morning you can give a Christmas card to that special person saying you are going to do 10 hours (or whatever) volunteer service on their behalf.

Under $10

Books are always a good idea because books have been written on virtually every subject.  Here are a few ideas for the spiritually minded in your life:

Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman is the gripping, true story of an English missionary woman who overcame tremendous adversity to carry the message of God’s love to China.

I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference by Thom S. Rainer is a great little book for any serious minded believer who truly desires to be a fully committed member of the local church.

Under $50

Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History.  When it comes to understanding Scripture the importance of geography cannot be understated. If you have a serious Bible student on your gift list, this is the perfect gift.    The atlas will not only find a prominent place on your loved one’s bookshelf, the book will be referred to often as they study God’s Word.

ESV Reader’s Bible The gift of God’s Word is always the best gift you can give.   Unfortunately with the seemingly endless variety of Bibles (different translations, study Bibles, devotional Bibles, etc.) choosing a specific Bible can be very overwhelming.    My suggestion is the reasonably priced, hardcover ESV Reader’s Bible.  The English Standard Version (ESV) is a highly regarded, modern translation of the Scriptures.  The “Reader’s” edition of the ESV eliminates virtually all of the visual obstacles that clutter the pages of many Bibles.  There are no footnotes, study notes, cross-references, or even verse divisions– just God’s Word.

Over $50

The upcoming Believers Bible Conference promises to be a great time of ministry, fellowship, and growth.  Unfortunately not everyone can afford to attend.  Why not offer to help pay part or all of the expense for someone to attend?



Scott Thomson

Scott Thomson made a profession of faith early in life. However it was during his late teenage years when he obeyed the call of the Lord Jesus to repent. Luke 5:32. In December 2012 Scott and his wife Mary were commended to full time Christian service by the North York Gospel Chapel. Scott maintains an itinerant Bible teaching ministry and regularly contributes to the Why We Web blog as well as his own blog, Digital Sojourner. Scott and Mary have 3 children.

2 Responses to assemblyHUB’s 2015 Gift Giving Guide

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    I’m interested in the I Am A Church Member book. Perhaps someone could do a book review?

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      Crawford Paul

      Hi Dan. I will write a review soon. It’s a excellent challenge and cuts across the predominant view the “church” is something you do on weekends.

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