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Where Do You See Jesus 3

1 Timothy 3:16

He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

Life ChangeFor the next few weeks – I’d like to ask our readers to share with me where they see Jesus this Advent-Christmas Season. Just write a paragraph or so describing some of the things that bring you joy this Christmas season in your relationship with Jesus and with First Church if this is your home church (or your home church)? I’m also asking where you see Jesus in your church family? Also – what draws you to First Church (or your home church). You don’t have to tackle all of these – but say something about the joy you feel this Christmas.

The reason for this is to stir up some joy and excitement this Christmas Season (we all need some of that – right?). I will share your thoughts anonymously – but I am keeping your e-mails for sure (I need joy year round). I will try to post a comment a day so as many as possible – send your comments. The posts will go up around 9 am each day – just like our regular devotional thoughts.

Rev. Ray, I have been blessed to be a part of this church for many years. I have seen many people and pastors come and go. There has been a lot of good and some struggles. I see Jesus in our church’s ability to keep their eyes on Jesus. I know this doesn’t always happen, but when it does, I see Jesus. Like you have said many times, when Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he walked on the water. When he put his eyes on the wind, on the storm around him, he began to sink. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, and not on the storms or troubles around us, we too will do amazing things for our Lord.

I hear Jesus in our worship services. I hear Jesus in the music we sing and the choir presents. I hear Jesus in your messages, which are always Biblically based. I see Jesus this week in the faces of the men we are helping and in the faces of those who are helping. I pray that we will all keep our eyes on Jesus and not on the storms of life or in the church. Jesus can help us through all storms.

Praise the Lord for this testimony. I hope that it brings those who read it great joy. I also hope that others will share as well. Merry Christmas to one and all.

I did a funeral on Thursday for a man who lost his wife this year in February. They were married for 67 years. Like President Bush – he will celebrate Christmas in heaven with his beloved wife – Barbara. Pray for Mel & Eva’s family this Christmas.

Just something to think about today as we go on our way.

December 14, 2018 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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