• Merry Christmas to each of you reading this newsletter!  As Christians, we have received God’s greatest gift in Jesus!  No other gift you may have opened today will have the eternal value and significance that the salvation of Jesus offers.  Although it is not a Bible verse traditionally read at Christmas, I am always humbled by this verse from 2 Corinthians 8:9 each Christmas season:

     

    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.


  • Luke 2:10 records the message of the angel to the shepherds of Bethlehem:  “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

     

    Let me make this simple.  Jesus came to cause joy.


  • Throughout the story of Peanuts, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and others all work to no avail to separate Linus from his blanket. And even though his security blanket remains a major source of ridicule for the otherwise mature and thoughtful Linus, he simply refuses to give it up.

     

    Perhaps when you hear the words of Luke, chapter 2, you think of the moment in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Linus quotes the words of the Christmas story. But, I want you to notice something about this TV cartoon that you may never have noticed before. In the middle of quoting this Bible passage about the birth of Jesus, Linus drops his blanket.