12 Days of Kindness
1. Make it your own
2. Sign up for a weekday opportunity
3. Serve after a service
God is with us.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.
If you want to help hurting people, you have to get close.
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
“The incarnation means that for whatever reason God chose to let us fall… to suffer, to be subject to sorrows and death—He nonetheless has the honesty and the courage to take His own medicine. He can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He Himself has gone through the whole of human experience—from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain, humiliation, defeat, despair, and death… He was born in poverty and… suffered infinite pain—all for us—and thought it well worth His while.”
- Dorothy Sayers
God is for us.
The offspring of your servant David may You speedily cause to flourish, and enhance His glory through Your salvation, for we hope for Your salvation all day long.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might.
The Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
See, O Lord and raise up for them their king, the son of David to rule over your servant Israel in the time known to you, O God. Undergird him with the strength to destroy the unrighteous rulers, to purge Jerusalem from gentiles who trample her to destruction; in wisdom and in righteousness to drive out the sinners from the inheritance; to smash the arrogance of sinners like a potter’s jar.
There will be no unrighteousness among them in his days, for all shall be holy, and their king shall be the Lord Messiah.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men!”
“11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’ by those who call themselves ‘the circumcision’ (which is done in the body by human hands) 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
“17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”
God is over us.
But say a prayer, pray for the other ones at Christmas time, it's hard, but when you're having fun there's a world outside your window and it's a world of dread and fear where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears and the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom. Well, tonight, thank God it's them instead of you.
Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
You cannot save yourself.
You have been saved!
“It is almost too limiting to say that we ‘celebrate’ this Christmas. We stare dumbstruck, lost in wonder, love and praise.”
- Tim Keller