Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made: without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God: his name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.  He himself was not the light: he came only as a witness to the light.  The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who received him, to those who belived in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dewlling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."  John 1:1-14 NIV

"This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about:  His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"  which means, God with us."
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.  And he gave him the name Jesus." Matthew 1:18-25 NIV

I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Dear Lord Jesus,  I lift up all who are reading this today, this Christmas Eve.  I pray that those who know Your name, but don't really knbow You.  I pray for their salvation. I pray they will come to know You and have a personal relationship with You.  I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

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