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Epiphany

Author: Betsy Nelson

Epiphany is my favorite day in the church year.  It is the 12th day of Christmas – the one of the 12 drummers drumming.  It celebrates the day that the Magi arrived in Bethlehem and saw Jesus, Emmanuel, God-With-Us.

The birth of Jesus was unremarkable. It happened to two weary travelers, swept up in the hubbub of a random government mess.  There was a census.   Everybody had to go to their birth-towns to be registered, without any consideration of ability or inconvenience.  Here were these two ordinary people, doing what they had to do.  There was no place to stay for them, even though the woman was very noticeably pregnant.  Nobody took mercy on them.  They weren’t special.  They weren’t anybody to look twice at.

The child was born without any midwives or even friends around.  The story could have ended here, with this tiny new family just doing their duty in a strange town, strangers themselves.

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May You ALWAYS Stay Beautiful!

I wonder how different this world would be if by looking at the mirror, we could see a reflection of our soul, instead of just our physical appearance…

How much better we would want to become and how much more attractive we would want to be?

Instead of jewelry and makeup, fine perfume and fashionable dresses, we would make LOVE, FORGIVENESS, HONESTY, PEACE-MAKING AND COMPASSION our true standards of beauty. Continue reading “May You ALWAYS Stay Beautiful!”

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Are You Ready?

Author: Betsy Nelson

People are asking me one question right now. It is the same question they always ask this time of year. “Are you ready for Christmas?”

Are we ever?

Really?

Even if you’ve cleaned your house well, even if you’ve bought every relative and friend a present (or two), you might still not be ready.

…and that is just fine.

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Make Christ the Center of Your Life

At Christmas, we celebrate the greatest gift the human race has ever known -God’s gift of Jesus Christ, His Son. God in His love and mercy saw our spiritual need, and on that Christmas night over 2,000 years ago He entered the world in the person of a tiny baby – a baby who grew up to become our Savior.

You see, the Bible says we are lost and separated from God — drifting through life without any purpose, and without hope either for this life or the next. But Jesus Christ came to bring us back to God — and when we believe in Him and commit our lives to Him, God forgives our sins and makes us part of His family forever. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Make Christ the center of your life this Christmas. As you give gifts, teach your children about the greatest gift of all — the gift of God’s only Son. Read together the accounts of His birth also (you’ll find them at the beginning of Matthew and Luke). Set aside time as well for the Christmas celebrations in your church. May this be the most joyous Christmas you have ever known.

Author: Billy Graham