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From the Pastor and First Lady’s Heart

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What a wonderful time for you, your family and friends to enjoy the Yuletide, better known as the Christmas Season. Some historians think that Yuletide began in the 15th Century in the month of September, but others differ. Also, there have been debates for years that believers should not celebrate this season because it is not mandated in the Holy Scriptures, the exact month and date is not known, and its origin was possibly cradled in paganism and evolved into a Christian celebration.

Needless to say, the fact still remains:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and Peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7, KJV)

Many things that we do are not mandated in scripture; however, I believe we can deduce to stand together on common ground by the application of the following scripture:

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31, KJV)

Therefore, enjoy the season to the Glory of God by giving as our LORD did. Annual Giving of Christmas Baskets and Toys are wonderful ways to express our eternal indebtedness and gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ. He was Given by the Father to forever reconcile us unto Himself that we may enjoy eternal life with Him. Giving is a Divine expression of love if the motives are sincere and true. Giving to our church members and families in our community who are less fortunate is indicative of our Vision Statement:

jesus_reason2“We are a family Church that takes the holistic approach to impact the community and the world for the cause of Jesus Christ.”

One thing we, as a community of believers, should make our resolve: “eliminate the ever increasing commercialization of the season for capital gains only.”

Forever Grateful,
Pastor Rickey and First Lady Christine Jones, Sr.
December 2014

"For We Walk By Faith, not by Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7