Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sunday's Thought

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I love this time of year. Ever since I was a young boy, I have loved decorating for Christmas, from placing ornaments and lights on the tree in the living room to decorating the front yard with lights and Christmas figures and going to see Christmas lights in our local community. I really enjoy seeing how others in our neighborhood decorate their yards. My favorites are the Nativities people place in their yard.

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An important part of Christmas and decorating for it is to have a Nativity scene in my front yard. For me, Jesus Christ's Birth on Christmas Day is the reason we have this season. I believe its majorly important for me to express my faith and belief with a Nativity as the central focus of my decorating.

Memories of my childhood Christmases often come back to mind this time of year too. My mother would bake Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, and another variety which I can't remember what it was as I didn't like them. She would make only so many cookies so we made them last to Christmas. Though I didn't know this until later in life, my mom would start paying attention to things I wanted throughout the year so she would have something special to let "Santa Claus" know that I really wanted. And, she did this
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throughout my life. Dad had the fun job of putting things together like the bicycles which came with incomplete and poorly written instructions of how to put it together. He was up until 3 a.m. putting it together only to be awakened at 5 a.m. by two rowdy boys ready to celebrate and get their presents. Mom and Dad made wood Christmas decorations for our front yard based on a scene from a Charlie Brown Christmas and another set based on the Nativity.

Though I loved all the presents and gifts my family and friends gave me throughout the years, those were not the most important reasons or things of the season. Most important in this season of the year is to remember that Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby who would become a man and minister to people throughout His short life. Later in his life, He would die for man's sins so that if we believed in Him, accepted Him as our Savior and confessed our sins, we would have eternal life in heaven.

The greatest presents my parents and friends gave me when I was young was to introduce me to Jesus Christ and the Bible, God's Word. I became a Christian at a young age and haven't regretted it.

If you would like to become a Christian prayerfully read the following:

Admit
Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 
(24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
-Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, 
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16, ESV 

Confess
Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord 
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
- Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:13, ESV

Pray
"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."

Amen

Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family. So, what's next-

  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible
  • Find a Mentor
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.

"The Nativity"
(C) Allen Pearson