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  •      A note about the power of the Christmas message...

         Every year I'm reminded of how special and powerful the Christmas message is.  The Christmas story is the message of love.  John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...."  The verse goes on to say that Christmas brings the message of redemption, as in John 3:16B, "That whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

         Also, as the Bible says in Matthew 1:21, "She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins."

         The Christmas message is that of hope.  Matthew 1:23 says, "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, 'God with us.'"  When we have God's presence, we have hope!

         The Christmas message offers joy and peace.  Luke 2:10 says, "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.'"  Luke 2:14 says, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men on whom His favor rests."

         The Christmas message has remained the same all these years.  It is the true message of God's ultimate gift to mankind.  The Christmas message incorporates love, hope, joy, peace and redemption.  As we receive the message, let's celebrate the Christ of Christmas!


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    by Tony Cooper, Executive Director 
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