Friday, December 28, 2007

Verse to Encourage...

Colossians 1:15-20 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thoughts about Christmas

In the busy season of Christmas, we are often overwhelmed, or at least, have much on our minds. Thoughts of what to buy all the special people on our Christmas list, what to eat for Christmas dinner, when to set up the tree and lights, and various other things plague our minds. So often, we tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas—Christ. Christians should be filled with awe and gratitude that our loving Creator would send His only Son to redeem us from our sins. It is so easy to make light of Christ’s birth, and the ultimate reason He came to earth, and instead center our holidays around insignificant things.

Here is what Isaiah prophesied about the Messiah:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” Isaiah 9:6-7

Let us determine to set aside time during the busyness of December to remember the true reason for the season. Let’s exalt Christ, ponder the majesty of God and His important announcement of His Son—our Messiah— being born.

Gloria in excelis Deo!