Glory to God in the highest, and on

earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:14

We’re all familiar with this verse from Luke if we’ve ever been to a Christmas play or watched the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

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There’s something magical about the Christmas story, isn’t there?

Something so simple and yet so powerful.

A tiny baby lying in a bed of hay.

Angels sang of His arrival.

What other child’s birth has ever gained such an audience?

Shepherds celebrated  His delivery?

What joy could be found in the arrival of a child whose attendants included smelly cattle, donkeys, and sheep?

Wise men worshipped Him?

What honor could be due such an infant?

Herod feared Him?

What harm could come from such poor beginnings?

Children get it.

Adults are mesmerized by it.

Christmas cards capture it.

Churches reenact it.

The world longs for it.

Yet often rejects it.

Glory to God in the highest [heaven],

and on earth peace among men with

whom He is well pleased [men of

goodwill, of His favor].

Luke 2:14 (Amplified Bible)

I don’t know where you stand today in the nativity scene display.

Maybe you are an angel, proclaiming the good news that “JESUS HAS BEEN BORN!”

Maybe you are a shepherd, celebrating the birth of this baby lying in a manger.

Maybe you are a wise man, kneeling down to worship this tiny King of Kings.

OR…………..

Maybe you are far away from the images we see at Christmastime.

Like Herod, you are fearful of the power someone like Jesus could have over your life.

If you find yourself full of more questions than answers, I beg you to go searching.

I love that even a store called “Goodwill” could provide such easy access to more answers about Him who came to save us.

Look what I picked up Saturday for a total of only $2.50!

I have started reading all of them!

As I journey closer and closer to the One who gives meaning to my life, I feel an urge to beg you to draw closer too.

Together, let’s spend 2012  becoming intimately involved with Him who entered this world so humbly, lived so simply, died so cruelly, and rose so beautifully!

I’m excited about sharing another year

of Life with all of you.

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I love that the Bible promises this in Deut. 4:29,

But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Angels sang over Him.

Shepherds ran towards Him.

Wise men bowed down to Him.

Herod hid from Him.

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Where do you find yourself this morning?

I hope you’re not hiding.

He came for you.