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Good grief!

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Good grief, Charlie Brown! Not sure if you caught the newsfeed, but Apple set social media afire earlier this year when it announced that after 55 years, they would no longer broadcast Charlie Brown on open airways! But don’t worry...You can still catch A  Charlie Brown Christmas free...if you have Apple TV.

   This still wasn’t enough to stop feathers from being ruffled.  Why?  Because this would mean that the Christmas special would not be accessible for all. And just a few days ago, Apple relented and it will once again be available on PBS. It is incredible though how we can get so upset over entertainment. Yet, do we consider how many in the world or even those that we come into contact with have not heard a clear Gospel message. And the beauty of that message, is that it began with a small town where the Lord of Lords entered the world without pomp or circumstance. Accessible to all—from the blue-collar shepherds in the field to the magi who would still be traveling from afar. And He has called us to share that simple message to all—whether it is dropping off a plate of cookies to start a conversation or giving to the Lottie Moon Offering. And in a year which is certainly filled with the unexpected, let us share the hope which is accessible to all.


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Sign of Victory

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Are you surviving or thriving? Does your trust in the Lord help you to just hang in there or does it compel you to step out in faith? There may be plenty of challenges coming at you from all sides. Are you going to respond by desperately seeking your survival options or will you, in trust, look past the situation to see how God might have something bigger going on?

         It’s hard to focus on the bigger spiritual picture when the situation in front of you is shouting danger and panic. But rest assured, no matter what your situation, God is still in control. He still loves you with a powerful, unfailing love. He still has plans to involve you in His triumphal kingdom work.

Let this Christmas season remind you of your personal guarantee of victory. Jesus came into a world in turmoil. His very birth was immersed in stress and discomfort. His personal triumph was years away and that only after hardship, deprivation, and agony. But still the angels enthusiastically proclaimed Glory! and a peace yet to be accomplished. Let this be your unfailing song as well. See you in church on Sunday!


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