Merry Christmas Celebrators! This is a great time of year to celebrate! In fact, if you know Jesus, it’s always a good time to jump for joy. Christmas is for ME,  three hundred and sixty five days a year. That’s a party.

Think with me for a minute about all that Jesus went through…for me and you.

 

Can you imagine God the Son, leaving Heaven, becoming an embryo, remaining in the womb for nine months, being born into the world, growing up, learning carpentry, being baptized, beginning his public ministry of caring and healing and teaching, being tried, found guilty of nothing, and yet, being beaten, stripped of his clothing, and hung on a cross until dead, and then three days later, rising from the dead…for you? It is true! That’s why  Christmas is for you; because Jesus made it possible for us to be brought close to God. What a thought! You can be close to God. Let that sink in.

If you have been in church for a while that’s probably not a new thought to you. Or is it? Maybe you’ve been saved, baptized, sanctified, purified, and petrified, but somehow you missed the idea of intimacy with God. Okay, maybe you’re not petrified…but then again, maybe you are. Petrified means: “to convert into stone, harden, deaden.”

God tells us in the Bible that He wants a personal, intimate relationship with him. He wants us to draw near to him. He wants our hearts to be soft, tender, and responsive to him. But he often describes people as having hard hearts, hearts of stone that are unresponsive to him. Things enter our lives and become barriers to intimacy with God. We lose our confidence in our relationship with him.

That is the topic of this Sunday’s message: How can I have confidence with God?

Could you give me some feedback over the weekend about the confidence busters in your life? What thing or things have robbed you of your confidence with God?

Shoot me back an email reply here with your thoughts, or message me on Facebook.  I am eager to hear from you today and tomorrow.

If you are lacking in confidence with God, you don’t want to miss this weekend’s service at Celebration at 10:30. Christmas is for you, and so is this message. It’s also for your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and friends at school, so bring them with you.

Merry Christmas.
Pastor Dennis

P.S. I look forward to your thoughts.