An Encouraging Word...
How Are You Doing with the Grinch?
If you were out of town or otherwise missed church on Sunday, I warned our church family of the Grinch who’s out to steal Christmas. It’s ironic that in the hustle and bustle and materialistic excess of our celebration of Jesus’ birth we can easily lose sight of God. If you missed the service and want to listen to the sermon, you can download it from the link on this Bellpost. If you do so, there may be a ten minute gap in the recording where we watched a video called noise. Most of the video had NO AUDIO. The clip was intended to give people the experience of hearing from God in the silence. You may want to use the ten minutes of silence during the sermon to listen for God’s still, small voice. But if you prefer, feel free to fast-forward through the silence to hear the rest of the message.
The primary goal of Sunday’s sermon was to challenge each of us to be intentional as we approach the Christmas season. I suggested that we consider spending less time and money shopping for each other to free up time and money to serve others. And I encouraged our church family to take time and make time this week to determine, as a single person or together with your family, some things you could do for others this season.
So have you? Have you taken an honest look at your budget to decide what you can afford to spend on gifts? Have you thought of a ministry or a specific person or need to which you can give money in Jesus’ name this season? Have you decided for yourself and/or discussed as a family the people you want to serve during Advent?
Before you venture any farther into the Christmas season, I encourage you to schedule time this week to make these choices. I hope we will all determine to take on the Grinch this season and choose to have a RADICAL, traditional Christmas.