Another Christmas season is upon us. There is something valuable about the seasons in God’s creation. Holy-days like Christmas give us planned reminders of our Heavenly Father’s great affection for us. The world wishes for the peace Christmas represents while pushing the limits of stress to make the most of it. Sales, activities and celebrations encroach on every spare moment to the point of exhaustion. Even believers like us get pulled into the rush. It doesn’t have to be this way for the follower of Christ.
The world celebrates an idea. Christ followers celebrate a loving Redeemer. It should make a difference in every part of life including the holiday. For us it should be more about joy than junk. More about peace than products. This Christmas I invite you to return to the core of Christmas. Come to the Manger. In this month’s teaching series we will examine the biblical stories of those who came to the manger for one reason or another. Each overcame different challenge to become willing participants in manger history. The authenticity of their faith in response to God’s work in their lives will encourage us all. I hope their lessons will renew your joy, deepen your wonder and strengthen your faith.
The world celebrates an idea. Christ followers celebrate a loving Redeemer.
God has blessed us so incredibly as a church family this year. The mix of challenges and opportunities continue to transform us as a spiritual family and impact others in our community for eternity. I am very thankful for each of you and your part in our shared story. I look forward to worshipping with you through this Christmas season and seeing what our Lord has in mind for the year ahead. In the meantime, I hope you join us each Sunday as we Come to the Manger together.