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December 31, 2018

Good Morning Church Family,

    During the Christmas season we gave away four fruit-cakes which were intended to be re-gifted. People got creative, hiding them in children’s back packs, throwing them through car windows, hiding them in presents. When we received those “gifts” we made every effort to give it away ASAP! Imagine if you had something that was worth giving away to others, a re-gift that was worth it. 

    Yesterday, Pastor Scott walked us through Luke 2:1-20 and the celebration that followed Jesus’ birth.  Who was invited to this celebration? A group of smelly, dregs of society, common criminal shepherds were invited to witness the great coming of God in flesh. A multitude of heavenly host broke the silent dark night of the shepherds’ normal routine saying; “ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!” (Luke 2:14). Glory to God and peace to mankind; the great gospel of God broke into human history! So, the shepherds go to anyone who will listen, Mary included, and tell this great news (Luke 2:15-19).

     What’s wild about this scene is that the shepherds don’t run to the market to find a tribute for the baby, they simply go to Him and tell others about Him on the way. The Shepherds re-gifted the gift of God coming in flesh to each person they came into contact with. This is what it looks like to follow Jesus, not trying to bring something that will win His favor or earn our place before Him, but going to Him to find all that our hearts have ever needed and tell others about Him on the way.

     This year, why not try to be a re-gift yourself? Like the Apostle John why not re-gift the love of God which you’ve received (1 John 4:19)? Like the Shepherds why not re-gift the good news of God’s glory and the peace of men which is Jesus Christ? This is the good news, that God has entered into our world and desires to redeem it; will you run to Him today and bring others with you?

“Both the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Anyone who hears should say, “Come!” And the one who is thirsty should come. Whoever desires should take the living water as a gift.” – Revelation 22:17

We love you, we’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!

Peace,

David

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