Give this Christmas Away

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped  him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11)

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel–which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

Here is love, that God sent His Son,

His Son who never offended,

His Son who was always His delight.

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Brightly Shining

You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

The Christmas season is in full swing.  It’s in this season, we have a tremendous opportunity to shine God’s light.  During a time where Christmas has become just another “Happy Holiday”.  We need to shine the light of Jesus.  We need to embrace the full meaning of Christmas.  Yes, gifts are great, the decorations are fun, the songs are beautiful, the food is amazing, and the family get togethers are the best.  But may we not forget the reason we celebrate Christmas.  May it not get lost in the shuffle of shopping, wrapping, and eating.  May we stop and embrace the message of this season, so someone new can experience Christ.

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A Prayer for Our Nation

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Jesus is Risen

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  (Matthew 28:5-6)

Lord, the greatest three words ever written in history are, “He is risen!”  It’s because of these three words that I can now experience life.  I have victory over death because You took on the grave for me.  You faced death for me and conquered it!  My sin held me captive.  My life was headed no where.  But You stepped in and saved me.  

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