Joy to the World, the Lord is Come!

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Verse of the Day: Luke 2:10-11

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Over 2000 years ago an angel appeared to shepherds bringing good news. The promised Messiah, the Savior had been born. God had a divine plan for our salvation and Jesus was born to lay down His life for all people. The good news of the Savior’s birth is the reason for great joy and celebration! Just this morning I was watching the news and they were talking about taking religion out of Christmas to make it more inclusive. Jesus is the reason we celebrate and He already made it inclusive for all people. You can’t have Christmas without Christ.

Emmanuel

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 1:23

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel which means “God with us”.

The prophecy by Isaiah, which was inspired by God, revealed the birth of Jesus by a virgin and that they would call Him Emmanuel, which means God with us. The Gospel of Matthew interprets this as the birth of the Messiah and the fulfillment of scripture in Jesus. This was all part of God’s divine plan for the salvation of man and the restoration of fellowship between God and man. How wonderful to know that God loves us so much He sent His only Son to dwell with us and will be with us until the end of the world.

Peace

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Verse of the Day: 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

As we get closer to Christmas and finagle the hustle and bustle of the season that comes with it pray for peace in your heart and in the hearts of others. True peace is the gift of God to those who keep Him in their hearts. Let’s not forget that we are all God’s children so we ought to pray for one another with love and unity. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the holiday season is not about the presents, it’s about His presence. May you and your loved ones find the true peace, love and joy!

Spiritual Gifts

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Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 4:10

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

God gives each of us talents, abilities and gifts that He expects us to use to serve others. Gifts of wisdom, faith, discernment, teaching, administration, service, mercy, hospitality, encouragement and others have been given to us for His purpose, not ours. This Christmas season let the focus be less on ourselves and more on others. If we truly want to please God we must faithfully be generous with our gifts and use them to bless others and to build up God’s kingdom.

The Indescribable Gift

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Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Christmas is two weeks away and many of us have finished or are close to finishing our gift shopping, some haven’t even started! No matter where we are in our gift buying we all have the same goal of giving our loved ones the perfect gift. But God has already given us the perfect gift. Because of His great love for us, He gave us a gift that is more valuable than any other gift we could ever receive on Christmas day or any other time. He gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and through Jesus we have the opportunity to receive forgiveness, peace, hope, love, righteousness, redemption, joy, victory, eternal life and so much more because of His ultimate sacrifice. Thank God for the gift too wonderful for words!

The Gift of Eternal Life

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Verse of the Day: Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Spiritual death and separation from God is the price we pay for sin. Yet, because of God’s love for humanity He sent His only Son to pay the price and set us free. Eternal life is given to us by the grace of God through faith in Jesus, not by our own efforts or works so that no one will ever be able to boast that he earned or deserved eternal life, it is a free gift from God.

Jesus is the Greatest Gift

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Verse of the Day:  John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God loved each one of us so much He gave the greatest gift ever, His only Son, Jesus Christ. God gave us His Son and the Son gave His life for us. This was all part of the plan of salvation so we could receive forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Because of God’s grace and mercy, the gift of salvation is available to all through Christ Jesus our Lord.