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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Joyous Shepherds

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Be on the lookout for Christmas JOY!

            As Christmas festivities and programs are in full swing and beautiful decorations grace every corner of our towns, homes and churches, we must be careful not to miss what is truly important.  JESUS! 

            Be reminded of the shepherds….did they see Christmas joy?  Luke tells us:

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'”
“God could have chosen to reveal this incredible announcement first to anyone on Earth. But rather than assigning the angel to visit some of the most prestigious people in society, God sent the angel to speak to humble shepherds, who some people didn't consider important; but they were very important from God's perspective.  The shepherds didn't have impressive jobs, but they did have real faith and love in their souls -- and those qualities are what God honors in people.” 

            Honor God by celebrating the birth of His Son, Jesus.  Let Christmas JOY radiate from a sincere heart filled with love.

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