Abiding in Christmas joy
    December 17 2012 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    Did you notice how quickly the stores and shopping malls began to decorate and get ready for Christmas?
     
    They want to get customers “in the mood” for gift shopping. People are excited to start the Christmas season. I greatly enjoy this special time of the year, including the decorations and festivities. I hope you have some Christmas memories you treasure, and I hope you are able to create some new, enjoyable memories this year. Christmas is also a special season because it reminds us of the eternal hope we have available because of God’s love for us. 
     
    As we plan for the Christmas things we enjoy, we should also remember that many people hurt and experience great difficulties during this time of year.
     
    People in New York, New Jersey and other places are still trying to get back on their feet after Hurricane Sandy destroyed their home and robbed them of family members and friends. Others still need our help to meet their most basic needs.
     
    You can still help by giving a gift to North Carolina Baptist Men designated for Hurricane Sandy relief.
    Many families still struggle financially and will have a hard time providing their children with Christmas gifts. Others are fighting grief, cancer and medical crises and will spend much of the holiday season in a hospital instead of being with family and friends. Will you sense God impressing you to help someone who is hurting?
     
    The fact remains, no matter what hardships you are enduring today, you can indeed have joy in your heart this Christmas.
     
    As much as we enjoy gifts and parties and decorations, Christmas is not just about all those things – it is about the Christ child. I pray your heart will be filled with deep, abiding joy because you remain confident that the Savior loves you with an unconditional, steadfast love and you live in a vibrant relationship with Him.
     
    Christmas is about rejoicing in our Savior, who came into this world to save mankind from the sin committed against God.
     
    It is because of Jesus’ virgin birth, His vicarious death on a cross and His victorious bodily resurrection that we are offered eternal life in His name. The Bible emphatically teaches there is no other name by which we can be saved. His grace is sufficient.
     
    Who do you know who needs to hear the gospel message this Christmas? Do you have a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker who needs to know Jesus so that they, too, can experience true joy during Christmas? Be bold in your witness for our Lord during this Christmas!
     
    Gloria and I wish for you a Christmas filled with joy and love.
     
    “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
    12/17/2012 2:48:38 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments




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