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Christmas: is it faith or folly? PDF Print E-mail


I am wishing all of you who read this a merry, meaningful Christmas. I hope you enjoy the Christmas season; lights, music, programs, etc., as much as we do. I believe in a balanced approach; learning that extremes are often dangerous.
What satisfies, what lasts, what works in this life? Even Christmas can be side tracked from what is most important, decisions, decisions, decisions. I want to challenge you not to forget Jesus whose birthday we are celebrating!
Is the celebrating of Christmas more for the satisfaction of self in parties, alcohol, presents and of course, debts? What about gift giving? God’s Word says, “He who lends to the poor lends to the Lord.” It is truly more blessed to give than to receive. The true Spirit of gift giving is found in God’s Word in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world (you) that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes (trusts in – depends on) in Him should not perish (no hell) but have eternal life.”
Jesus was born to die giving his life on the cross, shedding His blood to remove our sins, nailing them to the cross. What love He has for you and I. Why not personally invite Him to be your eternal gift this Christmas? He is the living hope of Colossians 1:27b, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Real and lasting hope is found in Christ and Christ in you. This Christmas enjoy music, decoration and gift giving. Don’t forget Jesus, the gift that keeps on giving. John 10:10b, “I am come that you have life more abundantly.”
From your heart, ask Him to be your personal Lord and Savior – Romans 10:13-14, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” verse 17, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Then find a good Bible teaching church and attend faithfully, serving our Lord and Savior.