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December 2018

Because of Bethlehem, Love is Born, Hope is Here

This is the month we all fill up our calendars. We might have work, Christmas parties, and get togethers with friends and family. Some of us make sure we get Christmas photos, plan where we are going for Christmas, shop for gifts, send out Christmas cards, and get the house decorated for Christmas. Also, if you have kids, there is usually a Christmas program. It seems to me Christmas comes earlier than usual, and the stores have Christmas gifts available right after Halloween. It is like we leave October, skip November, and hustle to get ready for Christmas. It is hard to focus on what is important during this time of year because we are so busy.

So, this month we are going to look at why Bethlehem is so important and how through all the busyness what we need to focus on the most is the birth of Jesus Christ. A remarkable gift can arrive in an unremarkable package. One did in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. No one expected God to come the way he did. Yet the way he came was every bit as important as the coming itself. The manger is the message.

In this four-part sermon series, we will explore how the one who made everything possible became humble for us. Jesus experienced hunger, and thirst. Jesus went through the stages of human development. Jesus was taught to walk, stand, and wash his face. Jesus was completely and genuinely human.

Because of Bethlehem, we no longer have marks on our record…just grace. We have the promise that God is always near us, always for us, always within us and that we have a friend and Savior in heaven. Long after the guests have left, the carolers have gone home, and the lights come down, these promises endure.

I pray during this season we can celebrate the birth of Jesus and focus on the meaning of Christmas and Bethlehem. I love Christmas, but I know I get so busy I forget the true meaning of Christmas. I love being with family and friends during the holiday seasons, but I also know to take time to focus on the meaning of Christmas.

Scriptures for December
12-2-18 God Has a Face John 1: 14-18
12-9-18 Worship Works Wonder Luke 1: 46-56
12-16-18 God Guides the Wise Matthew 2: 1-12
12-23-18 Every Heart a Manger Psalm 139: 13-16 and John 3:16
12-31-18 Home But Not Alone Luke 2: 41-52

In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Debbie Senters