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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gifts of Hope, Peace and Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Especially during this season of the year we should allow the JOYful spirit to embrace us!

            Whether we’re grocery shopping, walking through the mall or listening to the radio, this time of year we often hear Christmas carols and all kinds of beautiful Christmas music! Some of the songs are proclaiming the REAL reason for the season, while others are talking about Grandma getting run over by a reindeer and how some little boys and girls need their two front teeth!  But one thing most of the songs have in common….they are upbeat and joy-filled!

            Let’s focus today on WHY Christmas should be a joyful time!  It can be summed up in one five-letter word: J E S U S!   Long ago a precious baby was sent to earth by God the Father and since that time, people have found HOPE and PEACE and JOY in Him. This “indescribable gift” was given so that we might have eternal life.  Sure, we have troubles and trials, problems and challenges here on earth.  But we are promised that the best is yet to come…if we choose eternity with Christ.

            Romans 15:13 says it perfectly and tells us how to be embraced by Christmas JOY:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

            This Christmas, invite Jesus into your heart, and be filled with the gifts of HOPE, PEACE and JOY!

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