Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CHRIST Celebration

I love Christmas, but sometimes I get a little crazy with it.  My wife would tell you a strange kind of crazy (like Scrooge or someone who is a bit 'AR').  Yet I understand some of the things going on.  I love it!

When I say crazy, let me tell you something that gets me going a bit in an angry direction.  Yesterday I received an email a ministry friend in an Asian country.  They were wishing me a "Merry X-mas".  Let's just say I was a bit put off --- miffed --- ticked off --- sour --- mad --- you name it.  That was me.

Why?  People need to understand, especially Christians, that this holiday has nothing to do with thing or person X.  It has everything to do with Christ.  It is His day, and every day it His day.   Do you agree?  I know you do.  But too often we miss that part with good intentions.  Remember the 'road to hell is paved with good intentions'.  I just want to give us a GENTLE reminder (ok, not so gentle that was in all caps meaning that I am screaming at ya) that Christmas is our CHRIST celebration.

I've even caught myself writing that phrase, CHRIST celebration, in notes to friends and in various places.  And I mean it with all of who I am to the core of me.

So, I want to challenge you to look deep into how you celebrate CHRIST's day.  Answer that.  How do you do your CHRIST celebration?  Are you and I pointing people to CHRIST?  One of my favorite places to point people is to this video: Advent Conspiracy (you can also go to this website to learn more).

Jesus has made a huge difference in my life and my family (and many of you have contributed to what Christ has done in me...thank you).  Think on your CHRIST celebration today.

Matthew 1:23
" BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAMEIMMANUEL," which translated means, " GOD WITH US."

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."  Therefore He will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child Then the remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel.  And He will arise and shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God And they will remain, Because at that time He will be great To the ends of the earth. 

Isaiah 9:6
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;And the government will rest on His shoulders;And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Luke 2:11
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Matthew 1:21
"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

Pray for Katrina and her 3 children.  The bank has allowed her to stay in her home.  We are looking for some people who would help bless this family for Christmas (let me know).  

interacting with the Word of God

My family is in the middle of a devotion that uses one of my favorite passages in the Bible about the Bible.   These words about the wor...