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Friday, December 16, 2016

What a Plan!

          Have you had your Joy Juice today?  This Christmas recipe is proven to be the most effective source of genuine JOY ever experienced through the ages.

            Christmas Day is a little more than a week away.  Are we caught up in the hurry and worry? Or are we taking the time to reflect on the wonderful truth of the real Christmas story?  What an encouragement to our faith when we read and reflect on the Old Testament prophecies surrounding the birth of Jesus. 

         In Micah 5:2, there is a prophecy that reveals Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah. Researchers say:  "The prophecy is effective in a simple way: It eliminates all other cities and towns throughout the world as a place in which the Messiah could be born. It narrows the possibilities to one tiny village just south of Jerusalem." (100 Prophecies  by George Konig and Ray Konig) BETHLEHEM!

        Throughout the span of the past 27 centuries---from the days of the prophet Micah up through the present time---Bethlehem is credited as being the birthplace for only one person who is widely known throughout the world. That person is Jesus Christ.

       The New Testament books of Matthew and Luke name the town of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus. Matthew 2:1-6 describes the birth of Jesus as the fulfillment of Micah's prophecy.  Doesn’t it fill your heart with JOY to see how God’s plan fits together….and that plan includes YOU and ME!?

Let's thank the Lord for the fulfillment of prophecy in the form of a baby named Jesus!  What a plan! Have a joyful Christmas!

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