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The Christmas Rush

Christmas is a little over two weeks away. Are you ready? Are you beginning to feel the rush? The rush to decorate, bake, wrap packages, or even buy the gifts? I beginning to feel it all.

As I sit this morning working on this newsletter, I thought of the rush that Mary and Joseph felt as they neared Bethlehem. Being pregnant traveling that distance by foot (no, the Bible doesn't say anything about a donkey.) You moms, how did you feel near your due date? Could you have walked 90 miles in 5 to 7 days? Imagine the rush she felt. "When are going to be there?" or "Are we there yet?"

Then it came time for the birth. Imagine how Joseph was rushing around gather up towels and boil hot water. Imagine him running around to get help for Mary. Here's comes the baby in His time in no rush.

What a rush that must have been? Not the speed of movement, but the rush of emotional excitement to see her newborn baby. It was time for her and Joseph to slow down and just enjoy their gift.

This Christmas, take some to slow down and bask in the glory of the season. Enjoy the lights remembering that Jesus is the Light of the World. Like Mary in Luke 2:19, we should follow her example as she was "treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them."

Have a blessed Christmas season!

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An Eternal Gift!

Can you believe that Christmas is just a little more than three weeks away!? Where has the year gone? Time doesn't really fly by, but it sure feels like it.

As we are approach Christmas, let me encourage you to read a chapter of Luke a day. Then by Christmas you should have a greater appreciation for the birth of our Lord and Savior.

This week in my quiet time, I've been reading Revelation and will finish the book tomorrow. In chapter 21 it says, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away." That is the end result of the birth of Jesus. Heaven! Salvation is a never-ending gift we receive from our Father in Heaven. Merry Christmas!

The first Christmas after Raetta and I started dating, she bought me a special Christmas gift. However, I didn't receive it until several weeks after the New Year's Day. You see, she ordered a personal monogrammed sweater for me. It took a long time for the store to get it embroidered, so I waited patiently. The gift did arrive eventually, and it made feel very special and loved.

This Christmas, remember that the gift of salvation through Jesus is only the beginning, the best is yet to come. The birth of Jesus led to Jerusalem, Jerusalem led to the cross, the cross led to the grave, the grave led to the resurrection, and that led to our salvation.

Truly a great eternal Christmas gift!

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve

Tomorrow, we celebrate Thanksgiving. As you ponder all the blessings you are thankful for, add these to your list.

  1. If you’ve heard of Jesus, you’ve had more access to the gospel than 4 billion people in the world.
  2. If you have the entire Bible in your language, your language is one of only 700 out of 7000 languages with a complete translation.
  3. If you worshiped this past weekend without threat on your life, you’ve had more privilege than many believers around the world.
  4. If you have sufficient food today, you’re better off than 800 million people around the globe who are chronically undernourished.
  5. If your children have clean water, good sanitation, and proper hygiene, they’re uniquely blessed (in fact, World Vision estimates that 15,000 children under five die every day from preventable causes like diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia).
  6. If your children have a roof over their heads, they’re better off than at least 150 million street children in the world.
  7. If you’re a Christian, you’re redeemed, held in the hands of God, and destined for heaven. No matter what you’re facing today, you have reason to be grateful.

Onward and Upward!

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