2012 Christmas

It’s that Christmas time of year again. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share some of my thoughts with you each week. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior, may each one of us be aware of the purpose for his coming.

I have wondered all week what I might write in regard to the school shootings on the 14th. One wonders how we could celebrate Christmas in the wake of an event like this. Every one of us, I’m sure, had feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, anger, disbelief, among others. I came across an article written by Ravi Zacharias, a well-known Christian apologist, who had some very insightful comments. I would just like to share a few sentences with you.

After pointing out some things wrong with our society, he comes to the point of his article. It is that sin (disobedience to God) is the root cause of all our problems.

I quote: “The Bible only speaks of one remedy for this: the transformation of the heart by making Christ the center. Those who mock the simplicity of the remedy have made evil more complex and unexplainable. Every heart has the potential for murder. Every heart needs a redeemer. That is the message of Christmas. The world took that child and crucified Him. But by his triumph over death He brings life to our dead souls and begins the transformation within. Unto us a child is born and He shall save us from our sins.”

My prayer this Christmas season is that everyone who reads this will look to Jesus, and receive the free gift of salvation he offers. Your life will be changed, and you will never, ever regret making that decision. If the gift is already yours, praise the Lord! Live each day for Him, to the praise and glory of God the Father. Amen!

Christmas blessings to all,
Pastor Jerry

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