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Christmas isn't always what it's cracked up to be. In fact, there are years where the entire season is one big letdown. Often, it's because we struggle with the same things experienced by the characters in the first Nativity. Like Caesar, we try to control everything in our lives. We must realize that the weight of the world rests on God's all-powerful shoulders, not our own. Like Mary and Joseph, we might feel like our lives are insignificant, like we don't really matter. But God sees us. He has a plan and purpose for us. Like the innkeeper, we must choose whether or not we will let the Savior in. Christmas isn't special because of how we celebrate, but because of WHO we celebrate. Jesus is Emmanuel - "God with us." He is Present.

Scripture References: Luke 2:1-7; Micah 5:2; Acts 17:28; Matthew 11:28-29; 1 John 4:9-10; Revelation 3:20


Heaven Sent

God sent an Angel to the Shepherds announcing the birth of Jesus Christ and giving them directions on where He could be found.  Why were the shepherds chosen by God?  They were lowly, unknown and obscure.  Yet, the angel of the Lord appeared to them and they responded in simple faith came to worship the babe, and went on their way telling the good news.

Yet this is more than a heartwarming account of what took place nearly 2000 years ago.  It is an example for each of us today.  Do we look at the birth of Christ as some tradition that is trotted out every December, or do we sincerely accept the message and true purpose for Christ's coming to earth.

The shepherd's lives were changed forever on that night.  And unless the Christmas story changes our lives too we have missed its real meaning and purpose.

After visiting the newly born Messiah these Shepherds were then sent by to share what they had seen and heard. As these early Shepherds were sent to share the message of the savior, we too are sent by God to go and share the gospel message to all. 

Scripture References: Luke 1:8-21; 1 Corinthians 1:26-27; John 17:18; John 20:21; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:8

The Sent Life
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God is a sending God. He sent His Son to bring people to Him, and now He sends His Church to bring people to His Son. Living a "sent" life can be troublesome. It requires becoming a servant of the Lord who only wants to carry out the will of his Master. To be used by God for His good in this world means you will constantly be inconvenienced and asked to do things you probably don't want to do. It means you must let go of your old life with its habits, priorities and failures, and grab hold of the new life Jesus has for you. It requires obeying His Word, even when it's confusing, scary or difficult. Living a "sent" life isn't easy, but it's the only life of true Blessing.

Scripture References: Luke 1:48; Luke 1:26-38; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 9:6; Matthew 28:19-20; James 1:25


Sent and Send-Ability

What is Christmas really about? It’s about sending. It’s a time to remember that God SENT Heaven to earth to save us and bring us back to Him. Christmas is also a time to remember that He is sending us as well. We may not feel that we’re anything special or that we have anything to offer, but all of has a unique calling to be used for God’s good in this world. He’s calling you to be with Him and sending you to pray and intercede for others. You’ve been sent to be obedient to whatever He asks you to do – no matter how small or insignificant it might seem to you. Don’t let doubt silence your life and testimony. Start living a sent life today!

Scripture References: Luke 1:5-23; 1 Peter 2:5; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; Mark 3:14-15; Psalm 139:7-8; Isaiah 6:8