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Pastor Jerry:   Keeping Christ in Christmas

Lorinda's:  "Keep the Lights Shining"

From Pastor Jerry

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Birthday celebrations are  such a great thing. It is a time that  focuses on the day we were born.  We receive gifts and usually have cake and ice cream to eat. It is a special day for us.

On December 25th. we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but sometimes it seems that everyone is focusing on everything else but Him. If we are going to celebrate this date as His birth date we need to turn more attention to Him.  Since Jesus isnít here bodily for us do things for Him on His birthday, how can we turn our attention to Him?

In His word in Matthew 25: 35 - 40 we find that He said:

Verse 35 - ď For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat, I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Verse 36 -  Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Verse 37 - Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Verse 38 - When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee?

Verse 39 - Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison and came unto thee?

Verse 40 - And the King shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

So during the Christmas season as we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, we can turn  our focus on Him by doing for others. We may not be able to do all these things at one time but we can do some of them.

I would like to add that, the traditions we have  had for years at Christmas time are not all bad, such as sending Christmas cards to family and friends, eating and celebrating together and even buying each other gifts. It is just when we do so much of all of this and not  take the time to remember other things that we could do as unto the Lord, that is when it seems we have left Christ out of Christmas.

What have you done this year for Him?

~~~Pastor Jerry~~~

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From Lorinda

Keep the Lights Shining

Each year at Christmas time nearly all the world is aglow with beautiful shimmering lights. We see them in homes, in store windows and on trees. We see candles flickering in the dark. It's as the whole world is a giant birthday cake with candles being lit to celebrate Jesus� birthday.

Soon after the Holiday Season. The lights will all be turned off, not to be lit again in this manner for another year. It�s sad to think that many people will not even mention  the name of Jesus again except in a swear word.

But, as believers and followers of Him, we can rejoice, because we have the opportunity to let our "Christian Lights" shine all year long!

There as so many who are in darkness and hopefully some of them may find their way to the Savior by way of  our lights.

Matthew 5: 14-16

~~~Sister Lorinda~~~

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