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Christmas Services: Not Merely for Us

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This is a unique Christmas for our family. We AREN’T traveling! Every year of our kids’ lives we have traveled on Christmas Day and, while there have been fun parts of it, I am so excited for the chance to soak in the day with our family.

A lot of our trips as a family are road trips, long car rides across the country in our minivan. It feels challenging but to think about the first Christmas puts it all into perspective. Today we travel at highway speeds with climate-controlled and comfortable seating the whole time. Mary and Joseph traveled nearly 90 miles, uphill to get to Bethlehem and Mary most likely rode on a donkey while she was nine months pregnant! But with all of the challenges leading up to Jesus’ birth everything slowed down and they could finally experience the moment they had been waiting for.

My sincere hope for you is that Christmas Eve can be sort of a reminder for you of that type of a moment. With all the hurry of this season; from Amazon Prime to late night cooking to decorating everything we all need to catch our breath and remember that first Christmas.

And I bet you know some people in your life that need that same gift this time of the year. They’ve been scrambling with busy schedules and heavy expectations but church isn’t a priority. God put them in your life for this exact moment, to invite them to an experience they’ll never forget...it could change their eternity.

Christmas Eve services are not merely for us.  The power and hope of Jesus is for everyone and it can change anything in your life and the lives of those around you.

Looking forward to meeting many of your friends and family this Christmas season.

Grace and peace this season,

Pastor Phil

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What's on Your Wishlist?

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I know that I am not the only one who rushes to make a list of everything that I want for Christmas as soon as December hits. Or November… okay, October. It’s finally the time of year when I can ask all of my loved ones for the things I want without it being weird, and I do not plan to waste it.

It’s times like this when I realize how much time we spend looking for more: more new gadgets, more toys, more clothes, more decorations. And I think that if we’re honest with ourselves, this isn’t just a mentality that’s reserved for the holidays. Whether it’s December or July, we are always after the next big thing. We often let our desire for more consume us.

While this may seem appealing at times, Jesus has a better life to offer us. In Philippians 4 of the New Testament, Paul teaches us that contentment does not come from our situation or the stuff that we have. True joy can only come when God strengthens us to find our joy in Him. So this Christmas, I pray that the “more” that we all seek after is more of God’s presence in our lives. It is when our joy is found in Him that we begin to recognize all of the joys of this time of year for what they are: gifts from a heavenly father who loves us.

Merry Christmas!

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