Merry Christmas and A Blessed New Year to You All, This is my last message to you thru our monthly calendar this year. Where has the year gone? What have we left unfinished or unsaid? If you have been reading thru Luke, one chapter each day, you are seeing the entire life of Jesus – from birth to resurrection to The Great Commission – WOW! This story may be complete, but it is not the whole story. One needs to read the Old Testament to discover God’s full story. Remember the story of God’s creation in Genesis 1:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”
When we read this passage, do we understand that from the very beginning, God was separating good and evil? Everything that He created was good and brought joy to Him. But when mankind rebelled, darkness came upon the world.
The Christmas story is the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s salvation plan. The baby – Jesus – came to bring hope to a hopeless world – love to a loveless people and salvation for all who believe in Jesus.
Time nor space permits me to go into all of the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, but rest assured that Jesus is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is God Emmanuel – God with us. A God that can turn chaos into something good is a God who can turn our lives into greatness. Trust Him!
Here are a few of the events and activities that are on the horizon: Wednesdays - Prayer Service & The Story Bible Study – 7:00 pm Salona Missional Outreach for December - helping a family December 24th – Advent Reading Challenge ends December 24th – Christmas Eve – Rote – 7:00 pm
My space is running out – but please know that Christmas is more than gifts given and received – it is about God’s great love for each of us. My brothers and sisters – the greatest gift of all is the gift that will not be found under any tree, but a gift that hung on a tree at Calvary. Receive God’s great gift and live for Jesus – honor Him with every breath – trust in Him in all circumstances – He will not fail you or leave you – ever!
Have a Merry Christmas & a Blessed New Year In Christ’s Love, Pastor Frank