Some people love turkey just for Thanksgiving, but I love turkey for Christmas, too. Last year I had my chance to do the traditional thing of shooting my own turkey for Christmas. Man, you should have seen the people scatter in the meat department!
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;” Isaiah 7:14
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:2-3
Jesus fulfilled the Scripture through His preaching and teaching that sets us free from our sin and brings comfort and hope. And He continues to fulfill scripture by His ministry of presence, “God with us.” He fulfills our lives through His proclamations, His presence, and His purpose. I see His presence around here through the sacrificial giving and service.
There are some things we do, that we just know that the Lord has led us to do. Three years and nine weeks later, God’s Table has fed 6,166 guests with 3,450 volunteers! Monday, we had our 3rd Annual God’s Table Christmas Party where our members gave gifts to many of our guests and served appetizers and a great dinner. Thank you for all you do for others around here. So many give sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that provides for the needs of our missionaries. Many of you gave to Operation Christmas Child so children around the world can have something at Christmas and hear about Jesus. Thank you for being a giving church! Our Community will see “God with us” as they see the Lord working in us and though us. This doesn’t just happen - we must be His willing servants. Sometimes we wonder if we’re making a difference, know that He makes the difference and He loves to use His children in making that difference. We all want the new year to be fulfilling, but we never find fulfillment in the search for fulfillment - we find it in serving the One that fulfills. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you all!