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Tis the Season

Tis the Season
 
As we move closer to the holidays, we enter into a time of year that is very special to many people. From the Bible we know that there is nothing unique about one month over another. But from our society, we feel something almost magical about the holidays. There are some very positive things about this season.
 
For example:
 
Tis the Season……….to be a generous.
 Whether or not you participate in the exchanging of gifts, this is a good time to continue to consider the real needs of those around you. This should not be a "What did you get me?” this time of year. Instead, it should be "how can I serve you?” season. Indeed, "it is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
 
Tis the Season………to be thankful.
There is so much for which we have to be grateful. The concept of Thanksgiving ought to carry over into this time of the year as well. Be thankful for so many presents that we receive, including life, health, family, precious moments encased in memory, and for a Savior who came to ransom us. Indeed, we should "be thankful for all things.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)
 
Tis the Season……….to consider family.
There is such joy that should be found in families. Even when times are tough, and when relationships are less than ideal, we should relish any time spent with those closest to us. Often this season presents opportunities to gather together and enjoy one another. Sometimes it is a time for telephone calls and cards. Sometimes it is a great time for remembering, even with a touch of sadness, those who have gone on before us. But above all else, it is a time to make the most of every moment together. Families are special. Like David, let’s "bless our families" while we have them. (I Chronicles 16:43)
 
Tis the season………to pray.
We, as Americans, are probably the most blessed people on earth. It is true that our society and the leaders of this nation are not perfect. But I had still rather live here than any place imaginable. We need to pray for our country, our president, the congress, and especially for those brave men and women who will not be spending Christmas at home this year; but rather are fighting for a way of life that we hold most dear on the other side of the world. Jesus gave us the model prayer as an example of how to pray. Let’s look at Matthew 6:9-13: "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” Matthew 7:7 reads: "Ask, and it shall be given you.” James 5:16 reads: "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for one another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
 
Tis the season………to become a child of God.
 "What a wonderful life” (actor Jimmy Stewart) we now enjoy even with heartache, disappointment, temptation, and all such that is common to man. My Bible tells me that there is a place much better this one. All we have to do is obey the gospel of Christ’ that is, to become a Christian according to what the Bible teaches, and not man. The blessed Savior left His plan of salvation. It includes hearing and believing the Word of God (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6), repenting of our sins (Luke 13:3), confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:15-16), be baptized (immersed – buried in water) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; Mark16:15-16; 1 Peter 3:21); and be faithful to God as long as you live (Revelation 2:10). Now is the best time.
 
Jimmy
11/29/09  AM



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