Christmas

BLESSINGS AT CHRISTMAS AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Zwingli’s church in Zurich, Switzerland—built in 1100.

Zwingli’s church in Zurich, Switzerland—built in 1100.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”(Isaiah 9:6)

 With cheerful hearts we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus this Christmas. God has blessed us for more than 38 years to serve together with a passionate band of His people at Discovery Baptist Church. As we gather on Christmas Eve by candlelight to remember His humble birth, once again our hearts will be rejoicing together.

During this past year we added to our dear grandchildren two more little girls, Irene and Grace; that makes our total of blessings so far at 28.  A new role for our lives also began with the birth of our first great-grandchild, little Pippa who lives in Chile with her parents Jorge and Naomi.

As we are in the middle of our 50th year of marriage, we took a special trip to see amazing and beautiful Switzerland by train; what an unforgettable adventure. The photo shows us near the Matterhorn. Then we joined our two missionary kids and their families for a conference in Malta.

Resting at Gonergrat, Switzerland at over 10,000 foot elevation with view of the Matterhorn.

Resting at Gonergrat, Switzerland at over 10,000 foot elevation with view of the Matterhorn.

Now we look forward to 2019 knowing that God is in control of everything and we trust Him concerning all the days ahead—the comfortable and the difficult.

This is an early Christmas present with the dates of all of our family birthdays and anniversaries.

This is an early Christmas present with the dates of all of our family birthdays and anniversaries.

Blessings to you this Christmas,

Mark and Nancy



THE BLESSED REACHING OUT TO THE HOPELESS

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Thoughtful read these beautifully rich verses concerning God’s abundant blessings upon the lives of those who trust Him and our heartfelt response to His goodness. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.” (Psalms 103:2-5) Believers receiving unending blessings from God, but we don’t want to keep them to ourselves. During this coming Christmas season we will come across many people without hope who need to hear about our great God. Today I read an informative article from ABWE about reaching out to our friends and neighbors that I think will be helpful for all of us during the month of December.

You have an opportunity to invite someone to our Ladies Christmas Dinner on Saturday December 15th at 5:30 in the evening. It will be a delightful evening of singing, inspiration, and delicious food; perfect for inviting friends and family.

This Thursday morning we will have a deep look at the verses that I shared at the beginning of this blog. You will find that this Christmas will be more meaningful than ever after thinking long about Psalm 103.

BEYOND CHIRSTMAS

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As we celebrate the amazing and miraculous birth of Christ, may we never forget that His ultimate plan and goal was to die for us so that we could live forever with Him. 1 John 3:5 “You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.” Take a couple of minutes to listen to this wonderful song by the Ball Brothers;  it gives us a Biblically proper perspective concerning Christmas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYSJj-EHAAk

I’ll look forward to seeing you this coming weekend at the Living Nativity.