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Merry Christmas to all! Sunday is Christmas Day, then the next Sunday is the first day of 2023. So, it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions.
I challenge you to be sincere in your resolutions. Think of them as goals to be achieved this coming year so this time next year you can check them off. So many times we make the same resolutions year after year. We shouldn’t set the bar too low, but we should be realistic.
I read something this week that struck a chord. It read, “Jesus isn’t just the reason for the season. He’s the reason for every day of our life.” So, as we get ready to start a new year, let’s keep this in our hearts.
Sardis Baptist Church children did a great job with their singing last Sunday. Everyone enjoyed hearing them and the fellowship meal that followed. This Sunday, Christmas Day, they plan to have regular service with the choir presenting special music.
Providence Baptist Church will have a special service in song on Christmas Day. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we seek a new pastor.
The four weeks leading up to Christmas are called the Advent Season. It is the focus on remembering and celebrating the arrival or “advent” of Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah and King. This year it is observed beginning four Sundays before Christmas, November 27, and ends on Christmas Day. Many churches and people light advent candles focusing each week on a different topic (hope, peace, joy, and love) using different scriptures.
The fourth topic is love so this week the Bible passage to share is John 3:16-17. It reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.’’
God sent Jesus into the world because of His love for us. That is the greatest gift that we will ever receive. However, we must ask to receive it. God doesn’t force us to receive Jesus.
Continue to be in prayer for those that have recently lost their loved ones regardless of circumstances. This time of year especially is hard for families. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will, as well. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.