From the Pastor's DeskMike Winfree, Pastor
Spirit of Christmasby Pastor Mike Winfree on November 29, 2012
Dear Church Family,
December, the time of year we celebrate the birth of our Savior. It is a time when we put more of a focus on others than on ourselves. That is the way it should be throughout the year. That is the spirit of Christmas. God was not thinking of Himself when He sent His Son to this earth to become the Savior of the world.
I love to watch people in the stores looking for that perfect gift to give someone. It reminds me of the perfect gift God gave us. The sounds are like no other time of the year, with the Salvation Army bells ringing at the stores which reminds us of a world in need. When God looked down on the earth, He saw the world in need, and He did something about it. We can do our part by giving to the Red Kettle, to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and to the Food Pantry. Just be a blessing to those who are less fortunate than you are.
The stores are playing Christmas carols that talk about our Savior. I think of what it would be like to live in a world where God was the focus everyday, everywhere, by everyone. One day that will be the way it is.
Whatever you do this Christmas, don’t forget the very first Christmas. “There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of heavenly hosts appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’” Luke 2:8-14
Merry Christmas, and may God bless you and yours this season.
Serving the Savior,