As we approach the month of December we are standing with you and your family for an abundantly blessed Christmas Season. Christmas has traditionally been associated with family, gift giving, meals and great celebration. But we must never forget that the main focus of the Christmas season is the birth of our Savior, Christ Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords. Matthew 1:23 declares, “Behold a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is GOD WITH US.” John 1:14 declares. “The word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Rothams Translation declares. “The word became flesh and pitched his tent among us.”
I was deeply saddened by the recent news of a 34 year old WalMart security guard that was stampeded to death in Long Island, New York. Two thousand customers raced over him to buy merchandise. How sad! There were actually people who insensitively just keep on shopping. Four others were hospitalized. One woman injured was pregnant. Has America lost sight of the loving Savior that came to redeem humanity from the powers of sin, hell and eternal damnations?
Have material things become our idols causing us to even loose sight of the value of human life? John 3:16 declares. “For God so LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should no peris, but have EVERLASTING LIFE.”
Jesus not only came among us but came to dwell within us. 1 John 4:4 declares, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because GREATER IS HE THAT IS YOU, than he that is in the world.” The Knox Translation declares, “You, little children, who take your origin from God, have gained mastery over it, there is a stronger power at work in you, than in the world.” The Cotton Patch Translations declares, “…The one who MOVES IN YOU is greater than the one who moves in the world.”
Determine to let the greater one, Emmanuel, move in you. People are hurting all around you this holiday season. So many need God. Never loose sight of the reason Jesus came, to love people and save those who are lost. Kathryn Kulman once said, “The only great possession that I have in life, is my love for people.” Let your love for God and people, not material things, be the main pursuit of Christmas. Life makes sense only when we find out what is important to God and seek those things.
We want to thank you so very much for your love, prayers and gracious support of this ministry. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and new Year filled with God’s favor and increase. The best is yet to come and we believe in you!