FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK:
The joyous season of Christmas is upon us. We begin our celebration of Advent on December 1st. As the light of the Advent candles grow so does our expectation of the glorious birth of our Lord and Savior. Our Christmas Eve service is one of the highlights of the year. I hope everyone can be here for that 5:00 P.M. service. There is no better way to welcome Christmas day. This will be my last Christmas Eve Service as your pastor. My prayer is that this will be a wonderful service that spiritually lifts the hearts of all who attend.
Memories are to be made from the joyous things we do in the present. Each service, each party, and each gathering makes for the good things we carry in our hearts and minds for all our life. Jesus shared some of His most powerful statements when in a festive gathering of friends and acquaintances. During the month of December we have ample opportunities to make good memories. May all of us make a real effort to be at the services and events of the season.
We, of all people, are blessed with the promises of God summed up in the advent of Jesus Christ. It is His birth that begins the journey that will ultimately bring about the greatest of all gifts; the gift of salvation. At His birth shepherds come. Wise men are making a journey from the East. There was only one person at the birth of Christ who would be present at the cross thirty three years later: His mother, Mary. As followers of Christ we are spiritually there in Bethlehem at His birth. We are also standing at Calvary with the One who has been born and has given His life, a ransom for many. At this holy season the best gift we can receive is a cross to bear throughout our life as followers of Jesus. We give a great gift to our family and friends when they know we have received the free gift of salvation in Christ.
Enlarge your capacity for joy. Pray daily that the Holy Spirit will bless you with joy. Act joyfully, even if your mood is otherwise. Share your joy with others. Join the fellowship of merry Christians, or make a needy person a Merry Christian. “When I think of God, my heart is so filled with joy that the notes fly off as from a spindle.” Joseph Haydn (1809) when criticized for the joyfulness of his music.
A woman went to the Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards.”What denomination?” asked the clerk. “Oh, good heavens! Has it come to this?” She said. “Well, give me fifty Baptist and fifty Presbyterian ones.”
“Joy to the World the Lord Is Come”!
Mr. Harvey Baughn Newman
September 9, 1927 - November 7, 2013
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