The Greatest Gift At Christmas Is Jesus Christ

With Christmas shopping budgets in full swing as we look down our lists of those “needing” gifts; may we not neglect the greatest gift that EVERY PERSON on your list truly needs. You see, regardless of age, personal preference and even geographical location, the ultimate desire of every soul remains the same.

 

When we consider what really matters, we will never find it in a store of any kind. Lasting contentment and the sincerest of joy will never be tied to a sale rack, address or even “striking it big”. So, what should we put on the top of our shopping lists? What should we prioritize most as the marketing schemes convince our society that “happiness” and even “joy” is found through the reconstruction of our physical self, pleasure injected from a needle or even through the ownership of the latest name brand line? Simply stated, the top of each of our lists needs to be Jesus Christ. Sound a bit overreaching? Allow me to expand upon this point.

 

Lasting feelings of hope, love, security, acceptance and unquenchable peace are found through a right standing with Almighty God. Period.

 

As Thanksgiving is now behind us and our culture counts down to the day of Christmas—even if it is no longer politically correct to even mention the day of Jesus Christ’s physical birth by name—many feel great stress and anxiety as this season of artificial holly, fir scented candles and credit card bills take center stage. And if we are not careful, in the midst of this season of sincerest of Joy, we too can fall prey to the never-ending cycle of “more” that continue to be pumped out through marketing plans and storefront windows. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, should it matter how many lights are on our homes, if we bake as a family or even if we cut down our own Christmas trees? Of course not. Yet, if we allow our culture to define the season of Christmas, we will find ourselves striving to keep up with the latest “do it yourself” Christmas project and feeling as though you are missing out on something. And the truth is, you would be right.

 

The truth of Christmas is centered around a noisy outer room of a home in Bethlehem, where Joseph and his betrothed wife Mary needed to stay for the night while she gave birth. You see, she had been with child—not of Joseph, but of the Holy Spirit of God. And it was time to deliver the Child who was called Jesus. He is the very Son of the Living God. And due to His full diety and full humanity (also known as the “God-Man”), He was able to live a sinless life that we could never live. Why is this relevant? And why does this matter in 2017?

 

I am so glad you asked! You see, the world that we see today is broken. The Holy Bible records that when the Earth and all of creatures of the earth were created, God declared them as “very good” (Genesis 1:31). It wasn’t until Adam and Eve rebelled against God, through disobedience, that sin entered the human experience (Genesis 3:6). And as a result, they were separated from God (James 1:14-15). The perfect union with God that humanity had known within the Garden of Eden was lost (Romans 5:12). But! This is the where the joy of Christmas comes in! It was after that act of rebellion, that in His great love, God launched the greatest rescue plan to save His creation (Romans 5:17). And the fulfillment of this plan was through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Jesus came to redeem and reconcile all of humanity back to God (John 3:16). And by admitting our wrongdoings and believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, we will experience the greatest gift of all; peace with God (1 John 1:9-10). And this peace with God includes eternal life, unquenchable joy, and hope that endures for all time (John 14:26-27). How? Because as a follower of Jesus Christ, we can rest assured that we have the victory over every heartache and adversary because we follow the Risen King, Jesus Christ (1 John 5:1-21). Amen!

 

Ladies, to each heart reading, may you be encouraged this very minute! I give testimony to the fact that even now, hearts are being led to repentance and are seeking the Lord Jesus with full hearts. Believers of Jesus Christ are presently doing the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4:3-5) and rejecting the lies of culture that happiness and “inner joy” are found through laser treatments and other sources with high price tags, rather than through the completed work of Jesus Christ.

 

This is an exciting time to be a follower of Jesus Christ! There are so many hurting and desperate people—right in our own zip codes (Matthew 25:40)! May we be used by Jesus Christ in this season of greatest joy to share the hope of reconciliation with Almighty God and everlasting peace with those who are in dire need. May we continually run to the feet of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ as we shine His light to a lost and suicidal world; a world that is killing itself with striving, addictions, power grabbing, worship of people, piling of possessions as well as sexual promiscuity.

 

May we be filled with the love of God and the unwavering spirit of Jesus Christ. Remember, Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost; that includes all people regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation, mother tongue or nationality. May we spread the news of the true definition of Christmas joy! Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to reconcile all of humanity back to Almighty God through the great exchange of His righteousness for our rebellion…think about that for a minute. God loved you, me and the rest of the world SO MUCH that He sent His only Son into the world to suffer and die in our place, so that we could regain right standing with God. What a good and truly loving God. May we rejoice in the reality of Jesus’ birth and thank God for His great love, that was manifested through the birth and years later the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave to atone for the wrong doings and short comings of every single person who has ever drawn a breath.

 

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10 (NLT)

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The “Thanksgiving Special”

While driving in the Middle East a few years back on our way home from a play date, I remember listening to a teaching on Thanksgiving by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. At the time, it was near 98 degrees and due to sensitivity to the culture in which we were living (and more to the point, wanting to represent Jesus Christ well), I was wearing a denim jacket, a short sleeved shirt, maxi skirt and a very high ponytail. Driving was not for the faint of heart in this specific country as you could literally be passed at nearly 100 mph…while the speed limit was 80 mph out away from the city limit…and those passing would display extreme road rage if one did not get out of the lane once they decided to flash their lights behind you as you were driving. It was a continual opportunity to practice preferring others to myself. But that day, all seemed too much to handle at once. As I struggled to deal with the chaotic driving, the oppressive heat and our two precious babies crying for nap time, the lesson shared that day would be sheered in my memory and has blessed my soul to this day.

 

The premise of the story revolved around a flower shop. The story begins with a phone call between a woman and her husband. She is upset given that it is Thanksgiving and also the anniversary of a very sad day for them both. As more bad news pours through the phone lines, the woman sees a flower shop and says she will go in to see if a bouquet might cheer her up. She is caught off guard by the “Thanksgiving Special”. As a customer in front of her pays for a bundle of sticks with a ribbon around it, she is brought to ask the man why anyone would pay many for roses that have had the heads cut off! The store owner smiles as the return customer gladly explains that it reminds his family to always thank the Lord for the situations in our lives; not only the roses, but also the thorns. By the end of the story, the woman decides that she will try a bouquet of gratitude as well as a way of remembering that God can and does use all circumstances in our lives to draw us closer to Himself.

 

I recall vividly hearing this message and wiping the tears from my eyes. We lived in a walled in and guarded compound and above the cement wall and wrought iron security bars, beautiful bougainvilla grew through the cold black spikes and draped down onto the white cement walls. I quickly went outside and gathered my own bouquet of bougainvilla thorns and put them into a vase. As the customer in the flowershop had explained, I too named the various difficulties our family was dealing with that year in the Middle East; and thanked the Lord for each one. How strange it was for friends to come over and look at our bouquet of bougainvilla thorns displayed in a vase with labels! Hahah But, once they heard the reason behind it, they too were inspired by the idea.

 

In light of continued hardships and challenges within the Christian life, may we be marked as a people who give unabashed praise to Almighty God for His love, His Son Jesus Christ and for the forgiveness of our sins (John 3:16). May we not forget His faithfulness, His grace, His mercy and His guidance through the journey (Jeremiah 29:11-13, 2 Chronicles 5:11-14). As I stepped back and reflected on the bouquet within our home, it was as if a HUGE burden had been lifted off of my chest. Rather than fretting about the various items causing pain in our lives, I had been challenged to offer thankfulness to the Lord and my heart was forever changed.

 

If you too would like to listen to the full message from Revive Our Hearts, the link is included here.

The Blessing of Thorns

https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/blessing-thorns-day-1/

 

I encourage each one reading to consider displaying your own bouquet of thorns this year as a way to spark conversation of Jesus Christ and the everlasting HOPE we have in Him (1 John 5:1-21) regardless of the circumstances around us (1 Peter 5:7).

Mass Shootings In America

“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

Matthew 10: 26-31 (NASB)

 

In the wake of yet another mass shooting that has claimed the lives of various ages, America finds itself soul searching. The nation is left to wonder, what would drive someone to kill; again. And some have questioned as to the goodness and very essence of God, as a result of allowing such evil within a place of worship. Yet, as Christians, may our minds not be filled with confusion, but rather reassurance from the Word of God.

 

“Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (NASB)

 

Ladies, may we take an honest assessment of the world in which we live; the devil is very much on the move. He is influencing the hearts and minds of willing individuals to steal, kill and destroy property, values and even the very lives of others. Yet, this sinister plan to devastate humanity is nothing new for the devil. In fact, the devil has prodded willing individuals and groups to carry out his dastardly deeds against the plans of God. We see this first hand in the account of Adam and Eve within the book of Genesis chapter 3. God had specifically called one tree off limits for Adam and Eve, yet the devil was able to plant seeds of doubt and discontentment which gave way to rebellion and ultimate death (Genesis 3:1-24).

 

Jesus Christ put it this way, “”The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

John 10:10 (NASB)

 

Amidst yet another time of great grieving, and sincere loss, as a follower of Jesus Christ, may we not lose our eternal perspective of the sheer sovereignty of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:33)! May we pray to the God over all to provide the essential comfort and healing for each and every individual affected by the loss of life (Psalm 34:18, Psalm 147:3 & Isaiah 57:15).

 

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:18 (NASB)

 

May we claim the truths of the Holy Bible that nothing can pluck us out of the hand of Almighty God once we have entrusted our lives to Jesus Christ (John 3:16, John 17:6, John 17:12, John 18:8-9, Galatians 3:28-29, 1 John 1:9-10, 1 John 4:9-10) . The families who are grieving are indeed needing comfort from the Holy Spirit, but praise God Almighty that as believers in Jesus Christ, they do grieve without hope.

 

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NASB)

 

Contrary to the popular preaching of “prosperity gospel”—which twists passages from the Holy Bible to imply that a true follower of Jesus Christ should never endure hardship, health problems or suffering of any kind—simply stated, this is not taught anywhere in the Bible. In fact, within the Holy Bible, in the book of Hebrews 11:1-40 (also known as the “Hall of Faith”) heroes of the faith are listed long with the great difficulties they endured before achieving greatness for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yet, the final verses of chapter 11 also speak of the mistreatment for the same God.

 

35Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38(men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.”

Hebrews 11:35-38 (NASB)

 

 

Ladies, may we see the full picture of those who follow Jesus Christ. We are given eternal security and peace with God Almighty through Jesus Christ; yes, this is ironclad truth. Thank you, Jesus! BUT this does not mean that we may not suffer extreme hardship within our lives that may include persecution, torture or even death. Why? Because this is a fallen world since humanity rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden. But praise God for our Risen Savior Jesus Christ who came to seek and save all who call upon His eternal name (Luke 19:10, John 3:17 & 1 Timothy 1:15).

 

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.”

1 Peter 5:6-10 (HCSB)

 

Suffering is not a topic that anyone enjoys, but within a fallen world with many forms of evil, as followers of Jesus Christ, may we RUN TO A WORLD THAT IS DYING with the secure hope of eternity through the perfect life, innocent death and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ the reigning and eternal King. 

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”

1 Peter 1:3-7 (NASB)

 

Ladies, if you find yourself reading this today and wondering, “then what the heck is the point?!” The point is that various trials on this earth are used like refining fire is used to purify and burn out impurities of both gold and silver (Psalm 66:10, Proverbs 17:3 & Daniel 12:10).

When we experience hard times or witness mass injustice, our souls cry out for justice. When we see heinous acts committed against innocent lives, we want to see someone pay for the violation. And on a much broader scale, this is exactly what Jesus Christ did when He came to earth for each and every breathing soul (Isaiah 53:5-6). Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:35), lived a perfect life as God in the flesh (2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15), and died a criminal’s death as an innocent man (1 John 3:5). Who did He die for? He died for me…and you…and the rest of humanity from every language, tribe and people group. Why? Because the Holy Bible states that each of us have fallen short of the perfect standard that is expected by a truly righteous and just God (Romans 3:23). And as a result of our rebellion to meeting the standard of God, justice needed to be paid. And that is exactly what Jesus fulfilled in His coming! Praise the Lord! He paid the price that not one of us could (1 Peter 1:18-19). And in return, gave us a reward that not one of us could earn (Luke, 23:42-43, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:23-27, 1 John 4:9-10).

If you have never accepted the Lord Jesus into your own heart, I encourage you to do so this very day. This world is only a blink of the eye in relation to eternity. Secure where you stand with Almighty God, now, I beg you. Receive the cleansing from all wrong doing and shameful acts that mar each of our hearts before receiving the washing of Jesus Christ of our souls.

 

“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)

 

You can pray with me now. If you mean these words before God, you can be assured that Jesus Christ has come into your heart.

 

Dear Jesus, I have made mistakes and missed the mark of perfection. I ask for You to forgive me and to come into my heart as the leader and Lord of my life forever. I believe that You are the Son of God. Thank you for taking my screw ups upon Yourself and taking the penalty for me. Thank You for then giving me eternal life for believing in You. Help me to honor You with how I live. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

If you have just prayed that prayer, please reach out to a local pastor or even this blog post so we can encourage you and celebrate with you! Praise the Lord for new life through Jesus Christ!

 

“He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:10-12 (HCSB)

 

 

 

 

Running For Jesus

Have you ever noticed that something that has irritated you for some time, or even years, suddenly seems like nothing to worry about once a more pressing issue comes into view? I felt this way about my husband having to work past dinner multiple nights a week a number of years ago while our daughter was only a few months old. Then, one night he came home and told me that he needed to deploy in the next six to twelve months for a few months. Suddenly, coming home late for dinner didn’t seem like a big deal at all!

 

Suddenly, the reality that I would have a toddler in toe and our son in utero for the remainder of our pregnancy slapped me in the face. What had bothered me so intensely only minutes earlier (being late for dinner) were now the very thing I wanted to go back to. Yet, we cannot go back in time and God has a plan that is sovereign over each day of every life (Jeremiah 29:11-13). And as we endured this first deployment as a married couple with children, we soon learned that it served as a beautiful lesson to learn how to thank God in the hard times as we never know what tomorrow may hold.

 

“Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He remains faithful forever, executing justice for the exploited and giving food to the hungry. The LORD frees prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD raises up those who are oppressed. The LORD loves the righteous. The LORD protects foreigners and helps the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked. The LORD reigns forever; Zion, your God reigns for all generations. Hallelujah!” Psalm 146:1-10 (HCSB)

 

I reflected on this four years later during a year long deployment. The children and I were preparing to have Phil home for his first visit from the restricted U.S. Embassy within the Middle East. The day had finally arrived and I wanted everything to be perfect. Our home was spotless and even the dust bunnies were impressed! I was watching the clock like a hawk. I had six hours until I needed to be at the airport with our children to pick up my husband. I had everything figured out to the minute. Our son, now three and a half years old, was napping and our daughter, now five years old, was quietly in her room. I was going to surprise my husband with his favorite homemade meal.

 

As the skillet sizzled with bell peppers, onions and steak, I continued to roll out the homemade noodles, just as my grandmother had taught me. Everything was going according to plan! My daughter walked into the kitchen and asked, “Mama, is it time to go pick up Daddy, yet?” I told her that we had five hours and fifty-three minutes until we would see daddy at the airport and then something caught my attention from the corner of my eye as I was finishing that very sentence. I had to look again as my eyes indeed confirmed a person was walking through our fenced in backyard towards our back patio! Before I knew what to say I screamed and ran to the backyard in sheer delight and disbelief! My eyes could hardly take in the welcome sight—my husband was walking through the backyard with his suitcase in hand!!!

 

Whether young or young at heart, there arise situations and seasons of life that feel entirely out of our control. The result of such feelings birth worry, anxiety and fear. In such times, may you be assured with confidence, that you are not alone in your journey and God is not going to leave you in a state of disorder. Much as the Lord provided for the needs of my aching heart, in the middle of my husband’s deployment last year, He will be faithful to take care of all the details in your specific situation to ensure that you, too, finish the race well. 

 

“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3 (NASB)

 

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, my friend. He will sustain you and grant you the needed encouragements to endure to the very end. Walk tall and breathe deep the truth and beauty of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ. You’ve got this…no matter what the challenge…because as a follower of Jesus Christ, the Lord goes with you and will see you through in all sovereignty and grace (Isaiah 52:12, 1 John 5:1-21). Run for Jesus Christ.

 

 

Halloween: Sweet Reflections

“The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 (NLT)

 

Well, after a night that nearly left me praising the Lord to the point of tears, I must encourage each one reading what the Lord did on Halloween night!!!

As a background, in previous years, we have ignored the pagan holiday all together and wanted to have no part of it. Yet, this year the Lord moved on our hearts in a different way. Rather than seeing it as a night to dread or even leave home to avoid, the Lord Jesus allowed our spiritual eyes to be opened. As a result, for the first time we saw Halloween through the eyes of missions! We were going to be able to witness about the truths of Jesus Christ right from our own front door!!! The people of our city were literally coming to us!!! What would the Lord have us do with this incredibly unique opportunity? A very simple, yet profound exercise of sharing the love of God with those in our community.

The Lord had spurred my heart to ask our church for Gospel tracts (a tiny booklet which guides people to think about eternity and honestly assess where they are with God). At the end of the four points presented within this tiny booklet, there is a prayer each can pray to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior (1 John 1:9, 1 John 4:9). The church was more than happy to supply the tracts. The Lord then brought to mind that this pagan tradition is surrounded by candies. Well, seeing as Jesus is the sweetest treat for the soul, it was only fitting to attach a tract to each piece of candy to be passed out Halloween night!

Our children helped us to tape a candy onto each tract and we prayed for the Lord to use these simple papers to further the reality that Jesus Christ came to rescue and redeem all people–regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation, social bias or sports team preference (Psalm 8:2, Matthew 11:25, John 3:16). And as Halloween night arrived, I was so excited!!!

 

” 21But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;26for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:21-26 (NASB)

 

Our front porch light was on and the candy bowls with tracts securely taped onto each piece were all in place. And then, the first sound of the door bell rang! My daughter ran to the door and opened it gladly. With candy in her hand, she listened as the face painted child shouted “trick or treat!” With a smile, our daughter placed a piece of candy with a the Gospel tract into the child’s bag. And as the child left, we declared with a smile, “Jesus Loves You”. It seemed to caught the girl off guard and she thanked us as she walked to the next house. What had just happened?! My heart was racing and tears began to well in my eyes. And all at once I heart these words in my heart, “you are taking back the night in My name.”

And with each group of children that would come to our door, some dressed as the living dead, others princesses, taxi drivers and ghosts, we would declare the same message as we dropped candy into each individual bag: JESUS LOVES YOU. It seemed to take the children off guard. One mother left our house saying, “God bless.” It was absolutely astonishing to me to see the visible posture of the children change–both preschoolers and those of junior high–once they heard it said that Jesus loves them–individually.

Sound simple? Well, it is…and that is the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not how complex and sophisticated our approach or presentation is. No. Rather, it is about presenting the reality that the God who made all things, cared enough to step into this fallen world and see through each of our own masks and costumes to wash us clean through rescuing us from the punishment we each deserve–due to our disobedience to Him–and rather receive right standing with God Almighty through accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

 

“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:17-18 (NASB)

 

The time is now Church…opportunities to speak of the LOVE of Jesus Christ are all around…let’s get to it.