Christmas Eve Blessings

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manger closeupFor God so love the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I’d like to wish you a blessed Christmas. If you are in driving distance, I hope you will join us for Christmas Eve worship at 10am, 3:30pm or 5:30 pm. We have worked to provide a refreshing moment to experience the gift of Jesus as part of your celebration. The Presence of Christ is specially present when we gather as a spiritual family. The focus of this time will be on the deep love He has for us.

There are many wonderful things to experience at Christmas. With all the possibilities this season brings the best one you could experience is incredible love of Jesus. It is more than a story, a moment or a feeling. It is the core of God’s message to humanity. It is the deep gracious care that renews our souls. In fact it is the absence of this kind of love at the core of our low-grade unhappiness with life.

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Peace for Our Turmoil

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nativity ballMicah 5:2-5 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days… 4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord… 5 AND HE SHALL BE THEIR PEACE.

“Peace on earth good will towards men” announced the angels dramatically at Jesus’ birth. When is the last time you experienced deep peace?  What do you do when you long for peace? Where do you turn? I think of sitting warmly inside with a hot chocolate, coffee or tea while the blizzard rages outside. That is great for a moment but it is temporary and superficial at best.

How many moments of real peace do we experience in a week’s time? Real peace with others. Real peace in our own hearts? Most of us are so used to unrest, inner conflict, stress, pressure, and ongoing low-grade stress that we don’t realize life could be different.

In this post, I invite you to consider what it means for Jesus to be our Prince of Peace. to reconsider what we currently call peace and how we go about seeking it without Him.

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Hope for Darkness

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come to the manger promo blankIs 9:2-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone…

Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation

If Christmas is anything in our culture it is a season of giving. Giving to family, friends, charities and those in need. I read recently that there is a growing trend to give experiences rather than material things. Those without basic needs come to value experiences & relationships over collecting more stuff.

The best gifts bless the soul of another person. A shared meal, moment or expression of genuine love. I have found the ultimate blessing of all is the source of blessing… Jesus!

In this series I invite you to reflect on what makes Jesus the ultimate Christmas gift and to more deeply experience Him as Gods’ greatest gift? This post considers how the gift of Jesus can bring hope for our darkness.

This Matters Because the Darkness & Disappointment Still Fill Our World.

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Offer the Greatest Gift

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christmas teaWhat makes Christmas significant? Makes it fulfilling? The Christmas season offers hope to many that perhaps ultimate peace can be found. The problem is that our world’s secularized focus wants the fruit without the root.

We think that if we just find right person to love, find right setting and just rest in a peaceful environment or moment. Followers of Jesus come to learn that the key is His presence. Once we experience him, trust our lives to Him, we can have that kind of peace and fulfillment no matter what season it is.

How can we enjoy Christmas while minimizing its dangers? Embrace the heart of Christmas with a readiness to invite others to come and see Jesus for themselves. Let me break it down for you.

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