Christmas is a Time of Believing

Mark 1:15 (ESV) 15  [Jesus said to His audience in the 1st century:] “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

He says the same thing today in the 21st.  -- Pastor Darvin

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Glad Tidings of Great Joy

1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV) Be joyful always.

Christmas reminds us that, despite our doubts and fears, we have a Savior--Christ, the Lord.  And when you begin to realize all of the implications of that simple, yet powerful, reality, then you cannot help but to be OVERWHELMINGLY JOYOUS ALL OF THE TIME! -- Pastor Darvin

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A Christmas to Remember

Psalm 105:5 (NIV) Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced.

This Christmas, remember God's wonders, and most especially, the wonders of His love in sending His Son. -- Pastor Darvin

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Build a Good Temple; leave room for Christ

Ephesians 2:21-22 (NIV) 21  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Today, there are so many things that would disrupt your construction work on the Temple of Your Soul--the place God is supposed to reside.  And even when we build the Temple, the sad thing is that we often leave no room for Jesus.  Are we really all that different from the innkeeper in Bethlehem? -- Pastor Darvin

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Let it be Christmas–all of the time

Luke 2:12 (NIV) "This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

"It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you... yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand." -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910- )

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 78.

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Whiter than snow

Psalm 51:7 (NIV)  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

The Scarlet Blood of Jesus washes us Whiter than Snow.  -- Pastor Darvin

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Are you ready for Christmas?

Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself whether you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas! -- Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 77.

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He Came and He is Coming Again

Mark 14:61-62 (NIV) 61  But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" 62  "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."

Joy when Christ came the first time; joy for some and judgment for others, when He comes again. -- Pastor Darvin

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Adore Him!

Song of Songs 1:4 (NIV)   Take me away with you--let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.  Friends: We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine.   Beloved: How right they are to adore you!

The Christ Child in the manger--Yes, praise and adore Him!  The Christ Man on the Cross--love, praise and adore Him even more!  Pastor Darvin

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Wise things to desire

Psalm 51:6 (TEV)  Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom.

"A commentary of the times is that the word honesty is now preceded by old-fashioned." -- Larry Wolters

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 318.

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