Imagine it… Ordinary people – an ordinary night – and the glory of the Lord shows up!

Glory of the Lord shoneAnother pic to deepen the significance of Christmas… Imagine it…  Ordinary people…Bedouin Shepherds… just another ordinary night…”And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear!!! … next words: “Fear not! For I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people! … Unto you is born this day…a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!” (From Luke 2:8-11) It’s surprising when God shows up and reveals Him in our lives, isn’t it? To ordinary people on ordinary days (or nights)… in extraordinary ways!!! Expect God to show up this Christmas!!!

Empty manger! Empty cross! Empty tomb!

Empty manger - empty cross - empty tombAnother pic emphasizing the real significance of Christmas…
 
Two GREAT Christmas texts!! “You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin … The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3.5, 8) Praise the Lord this Christmas on both counts!!

Can you say it this Christmas… “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances…I can do all things through Christ who enables me.”

Philippians 4[11-13 Christmas
A pic to enrich your Christmas season… taken by a former student several years ago to illustrate the truth of Philippians 4:11-13 for a Bible study assignment. “I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Philippians 4:11-13 (Photo by Chelsea Woodstock Dunn – a former student of mine)
 
Read the verses, look under the tree in the pic, and then think about the cultural challenge this time of year in contrast to the real significance of Christmas!
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