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When do you decorate for Christmas? Maybe you're one of those people who wait until the week after Thanksgiving. Personally I like to put them up early and leave them up well into January. Decorating a tree, hanging tinsel, putting up lights, and maybe even having a little nativity scene. Preparing our houses for Christmas is something that most Christian households enjoy doing to get ready for the celebration of Christ's birth. Add to that the buying of presents, visiting family and friends, and whatever else your family Christmas traditions are, it can make for a very hectic season. While we are getting all of those external things ready, let's not forget to prepare ourselves spiritually. After all, those Christmas decorations are really to celebrate Jesus' arrival in the flesh and also reminding us to look forward to his return. Are you ready? This advent season let's take the time to get our families ready to receive Christ. That child born 2,000 years ago to a young virgin in a lowly stable is the same eternal and powerful Lord we worship daily. As we get our homes ready to entertain friends, neighbors, and coworkers let's make sure we spend time getting ourselves and our families spiritually
ready: read the Bible every day, spend time doing devotions together, pray that his kingdom comes quickly and that we are eager for his arrival, and worship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. After all this is the season of preparation. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end." (Isaiah 9:6-7a)
Some of you may remember the names Jerry A. Whitworth and John Walker. Most of you will be clueless regarding their story. While most Americans might have been surprised by the extreme prison sentence given to Jerry A. Whitworth, few were likely to be sympathetic. Whitworth, one of the contacts involved in John Walker’s spy ring, received a 365 year prison sentence and was not eligible for parole for 60 years. He was 47 at the time of his sentencing. Under this sentence there was virtually no hope of release, ever. For all practical purposes, his life was over.
Our nation was glad to see justice wrought on someone who worked such devastation on his homeland by selling military secrets. Can you even imagine what agony Whitworth went through? To be in his position, one’s thought would likely be: ESCAPE. There is no hope of release; parole would be allowed at least a decade after his death. So every effort would be directed towards ESCAPE.
Most people today seem clueless, oblivious to the fact that, spiritually, this is the scary situation which all of us find ourselves before a just God who hates sin and sinfulness. We are trapped, imprisoned by our sinful nature. We are born under a CURSE –utter condemnation from the God who said, “Every living soul belongs to me . . . the soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). We lie shackled by the flaws of our own humanness, destined for eternal destruction. If everyone was willing to come to grips with this sad fact, there would surely be mass panic, a grasping for any and everything that could rescue us from certain, unending ruin. ESCAPE would be the talk of the town.
Thankfully, the Christian message alone, the glorious gospel uncovered at the Reformation, provides a solution to this horrible dilemma that is real as life itself. It is the message that God saw mankind’s sin-induced predicament and out of true love did something unthinkable to set us all free. He laid our sentence on the shoulders of his own Son, Jesus Christ. The price we the guilty ones, surely deserved was paid totally by our Savior, the innocent one; and for his sake, we are now considered innocent in God’s eyes. In Jesus, you and I are forever paroled before God.
Sin is a terrible thing or curse to live with. Treasure your ESCAPE from that awful CURSE. Never tire of hearing this good news in your own home and in God’s house each week. Let that ETERNAL ESCAPE from sin’s CURSE be the saving message so many others, still trapped, imprisoned by sin and unbelief hear from you and me. Please don’t put his work off till whenever. “IT IS FOR FREEDOM THAT CHRIST HAS SET US FREE (Galatians 5:1)!
J.A.M. stands for Jesus in the Afternoon for Me. J.A.M. is a Wednesday after-school program for children in grades 1-5. All are welcome to attend especially those who do not have a church home or Sunday school.
Children gather in St. Paul's fellowship hall after arriving from their school (they can get shuttled by bus from their school to St. Paul’s--Ask your child’s bus driver for details). The sessions begin with a snack, free time (games), a Bible lesson (beginning around 3:50), singing and craft. Children are to be picked up at 5:00 p.m. You can register your child when you bring them or by clicking the link below to our online registration form.
J.A.M. is FREE and a fun way for your child to learn valuable lessons for life and bring them closer to God.
For more information click on the link below to the J.A.M. handbook or call St. Paul's church and school office 783-2552 extension 0.