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Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, 
        We pray your Christmas celebration brings you and yours peace of soul and joy of heart.  May our Lord continue to bless you as you serve Him by serving others. We hope you will find the articles inspiring and faith-affirming. 
 In Jesus' Name, 
Glenn & Judy Wright 


reasonJESUS is the REASON for the season! 

He came to be one of us, so we could be one with Him.


May you always love JESUS as He LOVES you.

TALK to Him ... TRUST Him.

Make TIME for just the two of you.

ASK Him ... LISTEN to Him.

INVITE Him in to your daily life. 

CELEBRATE with Him ... THANK Him.


SHARE His wisdom and love with every living thing.


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,

that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ in Himself,

according to the good pleasure of His will,

to the praise of the glory of His grace,

by which He made us accepted in the Beloved."

Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV 

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       LOVE was Born at Christmas 


Jesus is ...

The message of all that God has to say to us, 
The fullness of all that God has to give us,
essence of all that God wants us to be.



Jesus, the word of God incarnated.
image of God revealed.
fullness of God imparted.
glory of God reflected.
grace of God extended.

        The power of God demonstrated.

The salvation of God provided.
heart of God expressed.
LOVE of God manifested.



"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, 

that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved."
John 3:16-17 NKJV  

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cgiftJESUS:  The Greatest Gift of All! 
The real message of Christmas is not the gifts we give each other. Rather, it is a reminder of the gift that God has given to each of us. It is the only gift that truly keeps on giving, so I want to point out four things about it. 


First, it is surprising. When Christmas rolls around, you often try to figure out if certain people have bought that gift you really wanted. Maybe you already know what they bought, because they didn't hide it very well. Or maybe you uncovered it by accident-or maybe not. But when the day comes and you open the present, you have to pretend you're surprised. Yet all along, you knew what it was. God's gift to us, however, was a complete surprise. It was not expected and, as you examine it more carefully, you realize how great a gift it actually was. 


Second, God's gift came to us in the humblest of wrappings. What would you think if you saw a gift under your Christmas tree that was wrapped in newspaper and tied up with string? At first, you would probably assume that a guy wrapped it. But think about God's gift to us. Jesus was not born in a palace of gold; He was born in a stable.  He was clothed in rags.  He was laid in a feeding trough. Yet these things do not, in any way, diminish the story of Christ's birth. If anything, they help us realize the great sacrifice God made for us. God's gift to humanity, the ultimate gift of eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ, came in the simplest and humblest of wrappings. 


Third, we don't deserve this gift. At Christmas, we give gifts to the people we care about, the ones who have been kind to us over the past year, or the ones who have given us a gift first. We don't give gifts to the person who has been slandering our name, or to the angry neighbor who never has a kind word to say. Yet God gave us His gift when we were His enemies. He didn't give this gift to us because we deserved it. In fact, it was just the opposite. The Bible tells us, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8 NKJV). 


Fourth, the gift tells us something about the Giver. When you want to give someone a gift, you start thinking about it ahead of time. Hopefully, you try to find what that person wants or needs. When God decided to give us the gift of eternal life, it wasn't something that He just thought of on the fly. Long before there was a town called Bethlehem, a garden called Eden, or a planet called Earth, a decision was made in eternity that God would send forth His Son, born of a woman, to redeem those who are under the law. The Bible says He was slain from the founda- tion of the world (Revelation 13:8).  Make no mistake about it:  this gift that God has given to us is the most sacrificial thing He possibly could have offered.


So Christmas isn't about those gifts that you have under your tree right now. All of those things will be gone one day. All that will be left after this life is the human soul, and that will live forever.  Life is about what happens beyond the grave.  Life is about knowing the God who made you and who gave you the greatest gift you will ever receive.   
~ Pastor Greg Laurie
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dwhyWhy Did Jesus Come?

Jesus said:  "I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly."
  ~John 10:10  


We marvel at the fact that God humbled Himself and was born in a cave. 

But why did He come?


First, Jesus Christ came to proclaim good news to the spiritually hurting,  

to preach the good news to us.

       He came to heal the broken-hearted.  Medical science has found ways to reduce and   

       even remove pain.  But there is no cure for a broken heart. 

              Jesus came to set people free who are bound by sin.  

                               Jesus came to open our spiritual eyes to our spiritual need. 

He came to lift up those who are crushed by life.  He came to give us abundant life.  

                  Jesus came to lift us from the physical realm of the senses to the spiritual realm to  

        show us that there is more to life. 

He came to give His life for us. 


 Jesus said, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
 but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
 Mark 10:45  

He came to die.  Jesus Christ came to this earth to seek and save
 those of us who are lost, just as a shepherd seeks a lost sheep.


 spiritGod's Gift for Jesus' Disciples:

The Indispensable Holy Spirit



Jesus came, then He returned to His Father in Heaven.  But He didn't abandon His disciples ... His Father sent the Holy Spirit to minister to them in their new spiritual lives until Jesus' return.  He truly is the Gift that keeps giving.


Jesus said to His Disciples:

"A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, 
but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 
20At that day you will know that I am in My Father, 
and you in Me, and I in you. 
21He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. 
And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, 
and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." ... 
25"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 
26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will 
send in My name, He will teach you all things, 
and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 
27Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; 
not as the world gives do I give to you. 
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  
                                                                            John 14:19-21; 25-27 

What in the world can man give that compares with the Gift of God's Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness, given freely to those who believe the Gospel and are born again by the Spirit?  What philosophy or program of man can free us from our self-centeredness that leads us into bondage and separation from God?  None!

As we reflect on God's indescribable gifts, may we continue to seek the Spirit's guidance as Win people TO Christ, Disciple Christians IN Christ, Mend Christians WITH Christ, and Send Christians FOR Christ ... all for the glory of God!
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redRED:  The Color of Christmas

Why is RED the color of Christmas?  


In this special video shot in New York City, Pastor Greg Laurie shares  

from a number of Biblical vignettes about some of the significance of this color,  

and what it should mean to us during this important holiday season.  


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miracleA Christmas Eve Miracle 
 ~ Author Unknown


There was once a farmer who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about God and religious holidays.  His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his negative attitude and disparaging comments.  

One snowy Christmas Eve, his wife took their children to Christmas Eve services at the church in the farm community in which they lived. They were going to celebrate Jesus' birth.  She invited her husband to join them, but he refused.  "That story is nonsense!"  he  said.  "Why would God lower Himself to come to earth as a man?  That's ridiculous!"  So she and the children left him alone.  


A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow storm turned into a blizzard.  As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm.  He sat down to relax for the evening by the warm fire.  Suddenly, he heard a loud thump against the window.  Then another thump.  He looked out, but couldn't see more than a few feet.  


When the wind died down a little, he bundled up and ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window.   In the field behind his house, he saw a flock of wild geese flapping their wings and flying around the field in low circles blindly and aimlessly.  Now they were tramped in the snowstorm.  They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter.  He realized that it was a goose that had flown against his window seeking shelter from the storm.

The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. 
"The barn would be a great place for them to stay," he thought.  It's warm and safe.  So he walked over to the barn and opened the door wide, and lit a lantern inside.  He watched and waited, hoping the geese would notice the open barn door and the light and go inside.  But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly, seeming not to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them.


The man called out to the geese to get their attention, but that just frightened them, and they moved further away.  He went to the house and brought bread, broke it up, and made a bread crumb trail leading to the barn.  They still didn't catch on.  


Now he was getting frustrated.  He went behind the geese and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn.   Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe.  "Why won't you follow me?"  he called to geese.  "Can't you see this is the only place where you can survive the storm?"   He finally realized they just wouldn't follow a human. "If only I were a goose, then I could save you,"  he yelled to them. 


Then he had an idea.  He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and carried .in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese.  When he released his goose, it flew through the flock and straight into the barn ... one by one, the wild geese followed the pet goose to safety.  


He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind:  "If only I were a goose, then I could save them!"   Then he remembered what he had said to his wife earlier:  "Why would God want to be like us? That's ridiculous!"   


Suddenly it all made sense.   That is what God had done!   We were like these wild geese caught in a storm, blind, lost, perishing.  God had His Son become like us so He could show us the Way and Save us.   As the winds and blinding snow died down, the farmer's  soul became quiet and he pondered this wonderful thought.  Suddenly he understood why Christ had come.  A lifetime of doubt and disbelief vanished with the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer: "Thank You, God for coming in human form to rescue me out of the storm!"   


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The Christmas Bell 



I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ.  (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God  (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good  (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16).   I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)

I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
Thank You, Jesus
For Loving Me

So Much!

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"The LORD bless you and keep you;

The LORD make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;

The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,

And give you peace."

Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV



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