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Advent Attitude Check

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Life ChangeAdvent is in the second week and Christmas is only 16 days away – counting today and Christmas Day. Are you excited yet? What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season? A niece of mine and her married family always bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that their family (and extended family) baked together. It is a family tradition for her husband’s family. They certainly look good and if I could taste them – I imagine they taste good too. I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – LOL.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)? Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online? Now they call the whole time – throughout the week – Cyber Week – so if we missed the one day – we were able to catch up throughout the week (maybe even the whole month). Have any of us hit the Malls yet? Have we baked some cookies? Have we planned our parties and the ones we will attend? Have we picked out that perfect gift for our loved ones? Continue reading

December 10, 2018 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Attitude During Advent/Christmas

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Advent is here and Christmas is only 17 days away. Are you excited yet? What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season? A niece of mine and her married family always bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that her family (and extended family) baked together. It is a family tradition for her husband’s family. They certainly looked good. I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – LOL.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)? Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online? Now they call the whole week Cyber Week – so if we missed the one day – we can catch up throughout the week and maybe the whole month. Have any of us hit the Malls yet? Have we baked some cookies? Have we planned our parties and the ones we will attend? Have we picked out that perfect gift for our loved ones? Continue reading

December 8, 2017 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Reason for Christmas

Luke 2:7

…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

112015 Ray McDonaldChristmas is just around the corner folks – counting today there are only 4 days before Christmas morning.  Are we finished our shopping yet (mine’s finished)?  Are the decorations up (been up since shortly after the 1st of the month here)?  Have the office parties started yet (we went out for lunch earlier this month)?  It is December 21st after all and after today there are only 2 more days until Christmas Eve.

What makes Christmas special to you and your family?  Is it a special Christmas tree ornament that has great sentimental value?   Is it a special recipe you or someone in the family only pulls out for Christmas?  Is it the look on our children’s or grandchildren’s faces when they open their gifts?  Is it that special movie or song that we love watching or hearing each year? Continue reading

December 21, 2015 Posted by | Advent Thought, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Root of All Kinds of Evil

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Pic of Ray 11302014We’re into the Christmas season (contrary to those who liturgically insist we are in Advent and thus speaking about Christmas – other than to say it is coming – is incorrect). Our people are shopping – decorating homes – putting out the nativity scenes in their yards – etc.

Some folks have already finished all of the above – and will now sit back and enjoy the holidays and all of the parties and gatherings. Somewhere along the way – some – not all – have lost some of what Christmas is all about. Some say happy Xmas – and some see that as taking Christ out of Christmas (even as some say the X is an ancient symbol for Christ). There are other ways to take Christ out of Christmas. One could merely follow the politically acceptable path of wishing people a happy holiday or some other generic phrase.

Another way to take Christ out of Christmas is to focus our time on the gifts given and the gifts received (and I’m not talking about the greatest gift of all – Jesus). We can get caught up in the money and the gifts very easily. Continue reading

December 2, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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