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The Indescribable Gift – Open It!

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

profileChristmas is coming!  I hope you aren’t getting tired of hearing that greeting!  I plan on using is some for the next couple of weeks!  Merry Christmas to one and all and Happy Holidays (which includes New Years).

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?  My wife does most (OK almost all) of our Christmas shopping.  She has most of the gifts for our family members wrapped already and under the tree.  She is amazing.  She is such a wise spender of our family funds and finds just the right gift for each child and family member.

What are you hoping for this Christmas?  Anything special?  I was thinking about a new desktop computer but after working all day on my current model – I’m OK staying with it a little longer.  There is better use for the money for sure.

Can you remember your all-time favorite Christmas gift?  I remember a few that stand out.  My first real bike was special – a red racer.  I had that bike for many years.  Ended up with a banana seat on it with monkey handle bars and put baskets on it at one time – front and rear side saddle baskets – to deliver papers when we moved to Annapolis (I delivered the Sun paper).

I remember that multiple-use gun I mentioned in my sermon Sunday.  Not sure what it was called – but I would bet it was a GI-Joe model or something.  It shot plastic bullets – launched plastic grenades or something and had a cap pistol too – and made lots of noise!

What do you remember?  I still have a teddy bear (someone say awe….) that was a gift from a friend at Mt. Zion when I was a small child.  A dog or child pulled off an eye recently – but it is still in one piece.

If you get a gift under the tree this year – with your name on it – please don’t leave it there.  A gift unopened is of little use!

2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!  The greatest gift of all-time is the gift of Christ – the babe in the manger and the man on the cross.  Jesus died to pay for the sins of the whole world!  Here is what John the Apostle recorded concerning John the Baptist and Jesus while John the Baptist was baptizing folks – John 1:29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Jesus paid the debt of sin for all of humanity – 1 Timothy 2:5-6 – 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men — the testimony given in its proper time.  Unfortunately not all of humanity will open the gift that is Jesus Christ.  Not all will turn to Him as their Lord and Savior and thus the gift will go unused and left under the tree.

The indescribable gift – Jesus – the babe in the manger – the man on the cross – who paid the penalty – the debt – caused by our sin.  He has paid the debt – the least we could do is turn our hearts to Christ and receive such a remarkable gift!  Open the gift this year if you haven’t already.  Invite others to do the same!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 12, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. DEAR REV RAY,

    I LOVE THE IDEA WEARING TEAM COLORS FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY, ALSO S SEASONAL CHRISTMAS SONGS WOULD BE NICE

    THANK YOU

    BOBBI DUSTIN

    Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:02:12 +0000 To: dustinbobbi@hotmail.com

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    Comment by bobbi dustin | December 12, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you Bobbi… it was good seeing you Sunday and receiving you as a new member at 1st Church!

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      Comment by raymcdonald | December 15, 2013 | Reply


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