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Making Christ "first"

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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday.
I absolutely love Christmas and always have. 
The kids are out of school, time off at work, a time for family and friends, a time for giving and receiving gifts and wonderful food! But that is not the reason. I love the fact that we can honor the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s a time to be thankful to God that He loved us enough to send His only Son to die for us that we might be saved.
It’s also the time when people are most open to the gospel.  It is no secret that the Candlelight Christmas Eve service is my favorite service of the year!
It’s amazing to me how many people will say, “I’m believing my family and friends will be saved.” But when we have an opportunity to really witness to them and invite them to church, we don’t take it. For example, family comes into town for the Christmas season, and we make it all about them. We even skip church, because we don’t want to leave them alone.  Instead of saying, “We honor God and we are going to church, and if you would like to come with us, that would be great,” we stay home.
If they don’t want to come, by your going and letting them know you will be back later, it lets them know that in your life God comes first — no matter what. They may not like it, but the witness you put before them is one that says, “We love you but we love God more.”  
That dear friend is a much better witness than saying to them in your actions, “God can wait — family and friends are more important to me than He is.” Be the witness God wants you to be by putting Him first and letting others know, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord — first!”
See you this Sunday in person or online.
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug