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1 Chronicles 16:12

Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

profileDecember 23rd – just two more sleeps until Christmas for those who count sleeps!  All four candles were lit this Sunday on the Advent Wreath.  That means the last Sunday before Christmas has passed.  The day we celebrate the birth of Christ is soon to be upon us.  Are you ready?  My wife wants to send me to the Mall today – can you believe it??

What are some of your best memories of Christmas?  My dad loved Christmas.  He loved watching us at Christmas.  I’m sure he was usually beat on Christmas after leading worship on Christmas Eve – going out to get our tree many years after the last service and setting it up.  He and mom would decorate the tree and put all the gifts together and in the right place.  I would imagine he didn’t get to sleep much before we got up!

For our children – one of my fondest memories is gathering on our bed – even after they were fully grown – and reading the Christmas story before going out to open up our gifts.  Not sure they liked it – but I enjoyed that time more than opening the gifts.

Today’s passage is about remembering.  On Christmas Eve in our last two worship services – at 7 and 11 pm – we will remember as we receive communion.   We will remember the life – death – and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Today’s passage is from the Old Testament and is found here in partial context.  1 Chronicles 16:8-13 – 8 Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 9 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, 13 O descendants of Israel his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

As we remember during this Christmas season – let us never forget the things that God has done in us – through us – and in spite of us.  God has been – is – and will be!  God is eternal!  God continues to do amazing things worthy of remembrance!  What has God done for you this Christmas season?  Will you remember it and give God glory?  As I take communion around to our shut-ins over the next two days I will be asking them to remember Christmas past and asking them to give God glory for today as well!

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


December 23, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , ,

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