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Christmas Thoughts and Thanks from Pastor Shahn

When we think of Christmas, we think of giving. Why? Because it’s at Christmas we celebrate the greatest gift of all, God sending his son to earth to be the ultimate gift.

Today, however, I want to thank you for your giving! You have faithfully given through many years, that God’s work could flourish not only here but around the world through our mission endeavors. Giving is not just financial; it is giving of oneself, in service to the Lord. You have done that well. There has been nothing too large or small that you have not accomplished.

This past Sunday we shared the thought that is so fitting for our church family; “The servant who sees service as a privilege isn’t bothered by the particulars of the task.” What a privilege we have of being stewards of all God has entrusted us, and we’re not done yet! Many around us still need the gospel, our missionaries are reaching into areas where hearing the gospel is a rarity, and we all need to grow in our walk with the Lord until he comes or calls us home. These past few months the words of James and the Psalmist have been a constant meditation;

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. James 4:14

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12

James reminds us about the uncertainty and brevity of life, while the Psalmist says we are to learn to use each day we are given in a way that will glorify the Lord...that’s using them wisely. We must learn because it doesn’t come naturally to us in our Adamic nature. Our fallen nature is focused solely on self, that’s why we often struggle with faithfulness. Consistency in studying the Bible, praying, witnessing, church attendance, giving, and serving are just some of the areas in which we battle at times. Thank you for your faithfulness and may we encourage one another with thanksgiving as we celebrate God’s gift to us!

- Pastor Shahn & Juanita

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