As we near the time of Christmas, we see the decorations going up, the people madly shopping for gifts, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Now is the time to stop and reflect just why we really celebrate this time. As Christians, we are the only ones who know the real meaning of Christmas and why it is a time of celebration and what that celebration means to all who will believe. If there were no Jesus, there would be no Christmas. As you see the many slogans being pandered around you, take time every day to explain the real meaning of what is being said.... "Peace on earth, good will to men"... "Joy to the world"... "Hark, the herald Angels sing"... "'round yon virgin, mother and Child". Think about what each of these things means to you as a Christian, then share them with others especially with others who dont know Jesus or understand his incredible, eternal love for us all. As you prepare your gift list, be sure to make the first gift for everyone on your list the free gift of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As you ponder on the One who is the Reason for the Season, make sure that you know Who He is that He is God (not A god). Just as He identified Himself to Moses in Exodus 3 as "I AM", He identified Himself to the Jews in John 8:54 again as "I AM". Why is it important to know who He is? Jesus said, "If you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins." (John 8:24b). Over the next few weeks, remember WHO Jesus is, and remind everyone you see of the Reason for the Season. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:6 From Dogwood Ministries, Inc. J-R-and-Bonnie@dogwoodministries.org Used with Permission
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