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A VERY DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS STORY

It’s fun to see different nativity scenes from around the world. How do people imagine it? Were there Christmas trees? Palm trees? Was there snow? Were there three kings — or an envoy of wise men? There are lots of representations of that beautiful scene, and most seem to reflect the message given to us in the gospel accounts — the message of “peace on earth, good will to men.”

 

Today’s reading in Revelation 12 presents a very different view of the nativity: the peace and good will that is extended to us is also the great turning point in the war between God and Satan. Here we are shown the Son of Man, the long-expected Jesus, who will bring about “salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God.” We are also shown the dragon, Satan, attempting to thwart God’s plan of redemption by devouring the child. But we know how this story ends! Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), and His victory ushers in our salvation. We are granted peace with God through Him who is our peace.

 

Take a moment today to praise Him who has brought you into His kingdom. What a victory!

 

 

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THE LEECH'S DAUGHTERS

Proverbs 30:15 reads, "The leech has two daughters,'Give,' and 'Give.'  There are three things that will not be satisfied, four that will not say, 'Enough'....  The 'leech's daughters' are not 'Salvation Army bell ringers' challenging us to 'give' but rather to GIVE TO THEM!  During this season in our culture is seems there are 'leeches' all around!  While followers of Christ are to be characterized by service and giving, it it NOT like Jesus to never be satisfied or content.  Contentment in the Scriptures spoken of in very positive terms.   

Especially during the holidays there are gifts we 'need' and things we want and possessions we 'must' possess.  Yet, 1 Timothy 6:6-7 says, "...godliness with contentment is great gain...we brought nothing into the world...we can take nothing out of it." 

Jesus said in Matthew 6:32-33, "For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  This Christmas, let us not be like the pagans inhabiting the culture in which we live.  Rather, let us be like our Savior and not require from but rather pour into the lives of those around us....and let us be content with all the Lord has poured so richly into our lives!  

 

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