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This December, we will be unwrapping Christmas to get under the paper, ribbons and bows. To see the true gift that was given on that first Christmas. Today, we celebrate much more than it was on the silent night in the little town of Bethlehem. Is it more than it should be? Should it be more than it is? Both are two good questions to ask ourselves. In this 5-week series, we will be unwrapping God’s gift to see that it was more than just a holiday; he was much more than just a baby who brought us more than what we wanted, and exactly what we needed: God’s GRACE. And this gift is more than just ours to receive, but also ours to give. This changes the focus of today’s Christmas. As we begin thinking and preparing for Christmas, let us remember that behind what Christmas has become today, is what Christmas should be – a gift! Received and Given!
January: Walking in Grace
Walking with grace is not easy for some of us. Don’t ask me to run down the court dribbling a basketball. I can’t do it! It takes too much of what I don’t have: Grace! Luckily for us, walking in grace is different that walking with grace, but it can be difficult. Grace is given freely to all. Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:7, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” Grace is God’s gift that Jesus has given to the fullest that we needed it. Though we haven’t all sinned the same ways, but we have all sinned, making us all of us deserving of the same punishment, death. Grace is offered, mercy extended, and forgiveness promised, if we accept it to the fullest. During this series, we will be exploring God’s Word in how we can accept, live, and walk in this gift that came at a great cost. Our lives then, how we walk and how we talk, should show not only our gratitude for what He has given to us, but also with grace freely given to others. In Titus 3 we find these words of God, “Whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.” (Titus 3: 6-8) His grace given should not only lead our heart, but our feet and actions! Walking in Grace is our call to live!
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