I wanted to take this opportunity during the Christmas season to send this letter to you as once again we will be receiving a special Christmas Church Offering on the Sunday right before Christmas.
In this season of giving we would like to encourage you to place the church at, or near the top of your list. We make no apologies for making such a request because God has been so good to us as a Church Family. We also know it is because we all contribute in some particular way even throughout the year. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view and/or copy full text!
As we move into the Christmas season, I wanted to take a moment to focus on a word that quite possibly we don’t think of during this time, yet if we did our best to heed the word of God in this area, it would be amazing what God will do in the upcoming year.
While we desire to show the love of Christ throughout the entire year, I can’t think of a better season than during Christmas to fully display God’s love for humanity!
There is a beautiful old song that goes like this:
Oh love of God, how rich and pure,
how measureless and strong,
it shall forevermore endure,
the saints and angels song.
While Jesus was here on this earth, His heart’s desire was to show what the love of the Father was really like as he went about healing the sick, setting the captive free, and bringing salvation and deliverance to anyone who would accept the free gift.
While we have just come out of the season of Thanksgiving, I believe it is imperative for us to continue to be thankful for the love God has bestowed upon us. This love serves as an example for you and I as we live in a world that can often be the tremendous challenge to the Christian.
For the one who really wants to live for Christ, there will be obstacles and opposition coming from many directions. Yet even with all of that God has called each one of us to display the love of God to a lost and dying world.
While we desire to have as many people as possible to come to the church, our greater desire is that the church, which is God’s people, would go to the world. One thing I have found is that people are often far more receptive to the message of the gospel when we share it in love and not condemnation.
As you are out and about be sure to ask the Holy Spirit to show you people in need, and then respond to His leading accordingly. Jesus came so that you and I would not only have life but that we would have it more abundantly John 10:10b (NKJV) …I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.
I would encourage you on Christmas morning if you are not already in the habit of reading the Christmas story to your family to be sure to take the time to read about this magnificent display of the love of the Father.
May God richly bless you during this Christmas season!
In this Christmas season I wanted to take this opportunity as your pastor to send you this Christmas letter of encouragement as once again we celebrate our Savior’s birth.
There is a wonderful Scripture found in Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV) 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
While there is so much to unpack in that Scripture, I wanted to take a moment to focus on the fact that Jesus came as our Prince of Peace. If there is anything this world needs today, it is the realization that Jesus Christ came to bring peace to mankind. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view and/or copy full text!
I received your invitation to minister at your upcoming ministry event and after discussion with our leadership team, we came to the realization it would be impossible to do so due to a schedule conflict.