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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

E..."Emmanuel"...God With Us!

             Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Please drink it immediately so that you will be focusing on the true meaning of Christmas….JESUS.

            We talked yesterday about spelling out our Savior’s name as we intentionally concentrate on the reason we are celebrating.  Like the name of Jesus, several other words begin with J that remind us of Christmas truth.  JOY in Jesus’ birth, JOSEPH…Jesus’ earthly father and JOHN…the forerunner to Jesus.

            Today let’s look at the “E” in JESUS.  E could represent Emmanuel…another name for our Savior. Matthew 1:23 tells us: "Behold the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name, "Emmanuel," which translated means, "God with us."

            God is with us!  That should be such an Encouragement to all of us…which just happens to be another “E” word!  Because of Emmanuel’s birth, we have hope!  We can be Encouraged that no matter what is happening in this world right now, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, because of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection we can have Eternal life.

             This Christmas week, my prayer is that we will feel His arms of Extravagant love wrapped tightly around us, reminding each of us of the reason He sent His Son. That truth should fill us with a joyful Excitement, as we curl up onto His lap and Enjoy His Christmas hugs.

           May we Encourage one another to feel God’s arms of Extravagant love wrapped snuggly around us as we Excitedly Enjoy the celebration of Emmanuel’s birth!

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