You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.
Remember that. Faith over circumstances. Faith over feelings.

Merry Christmas

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Dear All,

As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday.  Every year there is a celebration in my honor and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated.

During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking that my birthday is getting closer and closer.

It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me.

As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago.

At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration.

Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don’t know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates. The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts.

But, do you want to know something? I wasn’t invited.

I was the guest of honor and they didn’t remember to send me an invitation.

The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in my face and I wanted to be with them and share their  table.

In truth, that didn’t surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me. Since I wasn’t invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner.

They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a grand time.

To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho!  He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying:  ”Santa Claus, Santa Claus” as if the party were in his honor!

At midnight all the people began to hug each other; I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and do you know no-one hugged me.

Suddenly they all began to share gifts.  They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me.  What would you feel if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one?

I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left.

Every year it gets worse.  People only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat and drink, and nobody remembers me.

I would like this Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life.

I would like that you recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came to this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you.

Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart.

I want to share something with you. As many didn’t invite me to their party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined, a spectacular party. I’m still making the final arrangements.

Today I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you.  I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book.

Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party.

Those who don’t answer the invite, will be left outside. Be prepared because when all is ready you will be part  of my great party.

See you soon.

Love,

Jesus Christ

Reason for the Season

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Part I of the “Reason For the Season” series.

– Joshua De Gracia

As Christmas is only a day away, we have seen the colorful lights around town, the mad shopping rush for presents and the simple “busyness” of the holiday season.  Now is the time to stop and reflect just why we really celebrate this time of the year. Yes, the opening gifts and dinners with friends with family are great, but as Christians, we need to remember the real meaning of Christmas and the “real” reason we are celebrating.

If there were no Jesus, there would be no Christmas.

Matthew 12:18-21

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he leads justice to victory.
21In his name the nations will put their hope.

God sent His one and only son to live amongst us in the flesh so that we may have a hope and a future.

I don’t know about you guys but I love Christmas. I love walking around town looking at the lights, enjoying in its festivities, dressing up with warm clothes and scarves and of course singing Christmas songs. The songs are a testament in itself. You think of the key words or verses that you may actually know about certain songs such as, “Joy to the world” or “Hark, the herald angels sing” or “Emmanuel.” I’ll be honest, “hark, the herald angels sing..fa la la la” are the only words of the song I actually know. You can use these songs as a evangelistic tool when you hang out with your friends. I’m serious, take a time out and realize the real meaning of what the songs are about. Jesus! Next time you’re at a dinner, driving in the car or shopping with friends and they start singing, ask them if they know the meaning behind the song. To get people to get to know Him, all we need is an open door of opportunity and this may be it.

Christmas is one of the two major “open-times” I like to call them (the other being Easter) when people actually attend church. Be bold and courageous and take that step to invite someone to come to a relationship with Him. These next few days, give your friend or family the best gift of all—the gospel of Jesus. Remember the ONE who is the reason for the season and use this time to do as God intended and spread His word to the world.

To all of you..Merry Christmas on behalf of team KnowGodKnowLove

knowGodknowlove808@gmail.com

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Praying for all the families affected by the Connecticut shooting. “God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
[Psalm 147:3]

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