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Merry Christmas To All

Matthew 2:11

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

RayMcDMerry Christmas to all! I want to wish each and every one a Merry Christmas. May God bless you real good today and I don’t mean with some gift that someone may or may not be giving you! I mean with the love of Christ and the love of Christ working through you and others.

I’ve been writing most of the month about Christmas (have you enjoyed the Christmas Praises folks have shared?). I prepared for a long weekend this year with Christmas Eve on a Saturday and Christmas on a Sunday. My Christmas Eve is usually pretty busy with three services (4 – 7 – 11 pm). I will not arrive home – once I leave for church – until well past 1 am on Christmas Day. There is a part of me that is glad that we don’t have little ones to prepare for on Christmas morning (at home – not counting the grandchildren) – because this old salt would be one tired puppy if I had to put together a bunch of Christmas toys or bikes before the children woke. On the other hand – I will miss the joy of seeing little children opening their gifts and their giggles as they find something special under the tree for them! I hope the grandchildren give me that thrill again this year or real soon.

As I sip on my hot chocolate and listen to Pentatonix sing Christmas songs on YouTube I am reminded of the gifts that we give and receive at Christmas. Gifts have been a part of Christmas since the first Christmas! Continue reading

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December 26, 2016 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas to You and Yours

Matthew 2:11

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Pic of Ray 11302014Merry Christmas to you and yours!  I want to wish each and every one a Merry Christmas.  May God bless you real good today and I don’t mean with some gift that someone may or may not be giving you!  I mean with the love of Christ and the love of Christ working through you and others.

I’m writing this the week of Christmas – as I prepare for the long week ahead.  My Christmas Eve is pretty busy with three services.  I will not arrive home – once I leave for church – until well past 1 am on Christmas Day.  There is a part of me that is glad that we don’t have little ones to prepare for on Christmas morning (at home – not counting the grandchildren) – because this old salt would be one tired puppy if I had to put together a bunch of Christmas toys or bikes before the children woke.  On the other hand – I will miss the joy of seeing the children open their gifts and giggle as they find something special under the tree for them!  I hope the grandchildren give me that thrill again this year or real soon.

As I sip on my hot chocolate and listen to Toby Keith sing Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree along with other country singers singing Christmas songs on Pandora I am reminded of the gifts that we give and receive at Christmas.  Gifts have been a part of Christmas since the first Christmas! Continue reading

December 25, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gifts at Christmas

Matthew 2:11

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

profileMerry Christmas!  I want to wish each and every one a Merry Christmas.  May God bless you real good today and I don’t mean with some gift that someone may or may not be giving you!

I’m writing this on Christmas Eve morning – as I prepare for the long day ahead.  I will not arrive home – once I leave for church – until well past 1 am on Christmas Day.  There is a part of me that is glad that we don’t have little ones to prepare for on Christmas morning – because this old salt would be one tired puppy if I had to put together a bunch of Christmas toys or bikes before the children woke.  On the other hand – I will miss the joy of seeing the children open their gifts and giggle as they find something special under the tree for them!

As I sip on my hot chocolate and listen to Toby Keith sing Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree along with other country singers singing Christmas songs on Pandora I am reminded of the gifts that we give and receive at Christmas.  Gifts have been a part of Christmas since the first Christmas! Continue reading

December 25, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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