Celebrating 76 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
This Week's Sermon:
December 14th: “The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ”
Read: Luke 1-2. Please join us at 10:45 AM.
Each Sunday we have a program for children
K through 5th grade, from 6:00-7:00 PM.
Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. For men and women of all ages. Handicapped accessible.
Each Saturday - Men's Bible Study at 9:00 AM
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry is open to all who are in need.
Fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - Our Clothes Closet is open to the community.
Gifts to Give at Christmas
One of the traditions we practice during Christmas is giving gifts to family members and friends. This tradition was possibly influenced by the gifts that the magi gave to Jesus Christ when he was born (see Matt 2.1-12). Often times I find it difficult picking out a gift that I think someone will like. What I might like, someone else may not. Yet, there are gifts that we can give during Christmas that I know will be appreciated by all. These are not material gifts; they are gifts of much greater value. Consider giving the following gifts this Christmas season.
First, give the gift of encouragement. Rather than pulling people down by negative words and criticism, lift people up with words of encouragement. Ephesians 4.29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” A lot of people are sad when Christmas comes. This is often due to being separated from someone they love such as a deceased family member or an estranged spouse. Many people during Christmas need the gift of encouragement. They need someone to lift them up and strengthen them. So take the time this Christmas to be an encouragement to someone who is down. This is a gift that will be appreciated.
Second, give the gift of time. Here’s what I mean. Spend time with someone else, someone who would enjoy your presence and conversation. There are so many lonely people in our world, and loneliness is never greater than during the Christmas season. Maybe you know someone who is all alone or who is discouraged. Why not take some time out of your busy schedule and go visit them? We will never know how much a simple visit will mean to someone who is lonely. Your visit may be what God uses to help someone make it through the holiday season.
Finally, give the gift of forgiveness. Nothing can dampen the Christmas spirit like harboring a bitter, unforgiving spirit. Life is too short to hold a grudge. Colossians 3.13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Maybe someone wronged you during this past year and you are still upset about it. It could have been a family member or friend or maybe a co-worker or neighbor. Are you going to carry that hurt into the New Year, or are you going to release it into God’s hands and forgive your offender? Just as Jesus came into this world to offer peace and forgiveness, we need to do the same. And what we find out is: when we give the gift of forgiveness, God gives us a gift in return: peace of mind.
For more devotions by Pastor Mark, visit his blog at drmarkjackson.wordpress.com.