Depression, family quarrels, even spouse abuse are more common around Christmas than at other times of the year. The expectations of family fun fall short. An emptiness remains after the giving and receiving of gifts. Even feasting and football do not satisfy. God is tapping you on the shoulder with the question, “Are you seeking satisfaction only in things, relationships, and feasting? Meanwhile you forget THE Gift? Your sin separates you from Me and from one another. In your hoopla about Christmas you ignore the Savior from sin? Is it any wonder that you are depressed and quarrel?
“Rejoice in the Lord” (Phil. 4:4). Rejoice in Who He is, “God seen in the flesh” ( 1 Tim.3:16). Rejoice in what He came to do, “He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Rejoice in what He has done, “He has redeemed us with His precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19). Rejoice in what He gives through His Word and sacraments, forgiveness of sins, life and salvation to all who believe (John 3:16; Matthew 26:28).
Come for the genuine celebration of Christmas to Peace Lutheran Church, 1507 E. 42nd St, Texarkana, AR. Christmas Eve Service, 6:00 p.m. Sunday Service time is 10:00 a.m.
So Jesus Christ was not born on December 25, so Christmas replaced the Roman festival of Saturnalia, should Christians celebrate on this day?
Certainly not as the unbelievers do who know only eating, drinking, and lavishing one another with material things to fill their houses. The Bible did not consider the day Christ was born to be of any significance, except that it was an historical event during the reign of Caesar Augustus and the time that Quirinius was governor of Syria. What is celebrated is not so much a birthday. Christians celebrate an event. God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). “God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim.3:16). The child born of The Virgin is “the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6,7). Christians celebrate that Christ the Lord came to be the Savior from sin (Luke 2:11; Matt. 1:21). “Glad tidings of great joy” is a call of the angels to celebrate.
Take time during your family gathering to read again the Christmas narrative. During your gift giving remind one another that “God so loved the world that He gave” (John 3:16) and that through Jesus “the gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23). Gather with the larger family of God’s people to join in the song of the angels, “Glory to God in the highest” (Luke 2:14).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Christmas Eve Children’s Service and Candlelight Service is 6:00 p.m.
The first meaning of the word radical is “of or from the root or roots.” The people who plotted the 9/11 tragedy and others guilty of multiple murders are excused as “Radical Muslims.” Former Muslims, Ergun Caner and Emir Caner, in their book, “Unveiling Islam” quote the Koran, “Then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war).” Calling the suicide bombers and multiple murderers radical is correct. They are “of or from the root,” their book, the Koran.
There are many who call themselves Christians. They may not like to be called radical, yet God’s goal for them is to be “rooted and grounded in love…to know the love of Christ” (Eph. 3:17-19), to be “rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith” (Col. 2:7). Being rooted in Christ happens as you “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16). God wants such radical Christians, who, because Christ laid down His life for them, are willing to lay down their lives that even their enemies might know Him.
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR, where through the preaching of the Word of God, the Holy Spirit enables people to be RADICAL CHRISTIANS, that is, rooted in the love of Christ and His Word. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
One may postulate that Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” is so popular because many people have no sense of purpose. Living for one’s self brings on emptiness. When happiness, or pleasure, is the goal, the search often leads to experimentation with drugs and promiscuous sex. Humans, young and old, need a purpose for living beyond self and pleasure.
When Adam fell into sin (Genesis 3), he, and also his descendants, lost their purpose. Their ways became futile. The good news is that God redeemed us from this purposeless existence: “You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:19). “He died for all that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Cor. 5:15).
For the Christian it is not a “Purpose Driven Life.” It is a PURPOSE GIVEN LIFE! This purpose is expressed in serving others (Matthew 20:26-28).
Come to Peace Lutheran Church, 1506 E. 42nd St., Texarkana, AR to be reminded of your purpose given life. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
Advent Services, Wednesday, 7:00 pm.