Thursday, December 24, 2009

small choices, big difference [+] Thursday E-Devotion

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Have you noticed that some of the smallest choices you have made brought the biggest differences in your life?  It is true.  We have heard stories, we have watched things happen and God is in total control.  Are we following Jesus?  The little choices we make in following Jesus will make a big difference in our lives and in the lives of others.

Luke 1:38 (NIV) --- "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

Matthew 1:24 (NIV) --- When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

That's the story of Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus.  Because both chose to follow what God said, the world has been and continues to be changed.  Small choices have made a big difference.

Not many months ago my wife and I talked about supporting a new ministry that was just introduced to me.  Jerry Miner and I made a connection and God began to speak to my heart about the work he is involved in.  Since that time I have seen God use them to touch many lives.  Our commitment is small and is on going.  We are convinced it will make a big difference.  Go to THIS SITE and watch the video.  A simple challenge.  A small choice and sacrifice.  A big difference will be made.

Jesus came to earth to make a huge difference that we could not make on our own.  Christmas is the day that the world seems to stand still, and some people have no clue why that is.  Jesus is the reason.  The world stops.  The people of God must speak up.  Share Jesus.  Show His love.  His love about saving the world not as its judge.

John 3:17 (NLT) --- God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

May your Christmas celebration of Jesus' birthday go way beyond what you can do on your own.  Make a small choice or two and watch God use those choices to make a big difference around you.


[+] Please Pray

Keep Joan Norman and her family in your prayers as she is back in the hospital with an infection.  We Harris, Trey's dad, asks us to pray for his neighbor, Earlene Humphrey, who is very sick and her daughter Cara.  Our friend Teri Shumate has asked us to pray for Mark who lost his job and is battling depression.  Brenda Turner, a friend of Angie Burnette's, lost her home in a fire this week and has many needs.  Wayne Dickerson continues his battle with cancer.  Remember those who have lost loved ones and struggled greatly in 2009.  Touch someone this Christmas.  It is Jesus' birthday and a great time to share His love with others.

[+] E-DEVOTIONS: written by Michael Harrison, lead Pastor, The Community Fellowship;  reason to encourage you to follow Jesus; archived at Michael's blog, http://e-devotion.blogspot.com ;  subscribe, unsubscribe or contact  mharrison@thecommunityfellowship.org.

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