Serving the Lord with Gladness

Today I was reminded that no matter the circumstances of our lives, our stresses or responsibilities, WE Christians have the message of hope. The Angels came to the lowly shepherds and said the Greatest News they’d probably ever heard

FEAR NOT!...Today, in the city of David a SAVIOR is born.

During this Advent Season we think about the hope that came on that first Christmas morning. Yet, we think about the HOPE to come when Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead. This is where my mind and heart have been for a while now and I can’t shake it: WE have the message of HOPE for the world. In my own neighborhood I have friends who have never stepped foot in church, whose own children did not know the real history of Christmas and who that little baby was lying in the hay. I should not have been astonished because we have lived in a non-christian country for a while, but it still shocked me. How could they NOT know about Jesus? How could they NOT know the real meaning for Christmas: Jesus, the Savior was born who would live and die for their sins, be buried and on that third day, the first day of the week, rise again with power, majesty, authority and glory having crushed our greatest enemies of sin, death and the devil.