Happy Day After Christmas! I trust that you had a great day of celebrating the birth of Jesus – and that you also enjoyed time with your family and loved ones. Our family enjoyed a great day!
The past days have been filled with exciting happenings at MBC as we have been reminded of the real reason for this season. Thank you to the many of you who gave of your time and effort to make all these events a great success. Let me attempt to note a few: Thanksto the choir for leading us in worship on the 16th as we had a memorable opportunity to “Meet Him at the Manger.” Thanks to the preschool/children for reminding us of the joy of this season as they sang. Thanks to the Hospitality Committee and all those who helped make the Christmas Fellowship both enjoyable and a great time of enjoying the church family. Thank you to Frances Duronslet and a group of wonderful individuals who helped make our sanctuary beautiful (and Frances went the extra mile to help with the preparations for the Candlelight service!). Thank you to all who helped make the Candlelight service meaningful and a wonderful reminder of the reason for the season. Thank you to all who made participation in these (and a myriad of other) events a priority during this season.
The final days of 2012 are winding down. For superstitious people, next year is going to be a challenge (’13) but for those of us who trust in God the year ’13 provides a host of opportunities. Personally, I look forward to seeing what God has in store – and I am excited about the chance to know Him better in the year ahead. I have been praying for you that the upcoming year would be a chance to grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and that you would find great joy in being used by Him for His glory.
A few reminders:
*. Remember that we are not meeting tonight (Wed). We are encouraging you to spend time utilizing the gift of time in personal worship or with your family in worship and prayer tonight. You’ll find some reminders at the end of this missive of some great verses to meditate upon during this time if you would like.
*. We are meeting this Sunday, December 30 – our schedule is the regular Sunday morning schedule – Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m.
*. Beginning January 6th, we will enter into a time of concentrated prayer and devotion as we spend 21 days in prayer. Guides will be available online and at the church office.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we worship together as a church family at Metairie Baptist for the last time in 2012 – and look forward to 2013. My prayer for you is the same as Paul prayed for the church at Philippi. My prayer for you is: “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:9-11)
On the journey,
As you spend time with God tonight personally or with your family, consider these verses – and then spend time thanking God for His“indescribable” gift:
*Galatians 4:4–5 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
*Hebrews 1:1–4 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
*John 3:16–17 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
*2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!