Monday, November 29, 2010

Best Wishes for a Blessed First Advent Celebration

God’s Gift

Bible Reading: Matthew 1:18 - 25

Bible Text: Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15

The shepherds in the hills around Bethlehem were told the news by the angels. Mary and Joseph cared from the infant Christ in the stable. The shepherds visited and then left them rejoicing and telling everyone about the Christ Child. Mary kept all these things in her heart.

For many that is the story of Christmas. But it does not end there.

Christ Jesus, the very Son of Almighty God, was sent to this earth as a baby to become the perfect sacrifice for our sin. He came to die for you and for me so we could be forgiven and have a relationship with God the Father through God the Son, Jesus Christ.

In 2 Corinthians this is what the Apostle Paul was writing about when he gave thanks to God for the gift that was without comprehension. The greatest gift ever given is Christ Jesus.

Have you received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ?

Hark, now hear the angels sing,
A newborn King today,
And man will live forevermore,

Because of Christmas day.

- Jester Joseph Hairston

Sunday, November 7, 2010

News From Chile

Word has been received belatedly of the homegoing of one of the stalwart members of the First Independent Methodist Church of Santiago, Chile. Brother Humberto Riveros Irribarra passed into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on 10 October 2010. Brother Humberto was remembered as a friend and brother in Christ. Please pray for his family and for the church in Chile.