Friday, December 31, 2010

Moving on from the status Quo

Last year about this time my old pastor(i miss him so much) came to me and asked if I would like to-do a Teen sunday and he asked if i would like to preach.......

Well at that question my eyes got big and I said to him HAHA me why me....

In pastor daves words..... Well Erin you are the youth pastor and people want to hear from you.... so for about 4 weeks i felt so sick but I know that this was something I had todo.

I had never preached before....Yes I do Wednights and stuff like that but not Sunday Monding please give us money sing holy holy holy preach.....So who would I go to but my daddy...One of the best preachers i hope...

That is my dad Pastor Don one of the best i know...This is us on christmas day.... HEHE

Anyways back to my story.... So I worked with my dad and i prayed god layed something on my heart. the Sunday came and i did my thing...if was so amazing God was there that day in such a great way....

Well one of the things that I like to do each dec 31st is clean out my e-mails and i came acrosse that serman that i did that Sunday....

I had to read it and man is it all about moving forward and not living like everyone wants you to be....It is a great NEW YEARS message...So I wanted to share it with all of you...

I pray that this year you will move out of the status quo. That you will stand up for God and for the great things he has in store for you and your family....

Here is the surman i hope god speaks to you like he did to me today...

Moving On from the Status Quo

Philippians 3:12-3:16
the other day I was watching CSI
In this episode of “CSI” the star quarterback was murdered at his 10-year high school reunion.
The episode was about attitudes, reputations, and grudges.
One of the saddest aspects of the show was that some of the people had never grown up since graduating 10 years before.

They were as immature as ever, and in one case it lead to murder.
And as I watched this show, a question kept running through my mind: would those classmates see each other for who they were back in high school, or would they see them for who they were now?

I was thinking this because in spite of the fact that they thought they were pretty cool in high school, the fact of the matter was that they were really rather immature people, and that carried over into college and then some; Obviously not in height or number of living hair follicles, but at least in terms of character and wisdom.

Truth is, we don’t want to be seen as the same immature person we had been all those years before, we really want to be seen as people growing and maturing in our lives and careers
Unfortunately, as exampled in this episode - many of the people still do the same stuff they did in high school: getting drunk, doing drugs, and getting into trouble.
And unfortunately, for some, this continues to be their lifestyle.
Now, my guess is that I’m not the only one here today that wants others to see me as mature. I think that all of us want to be seen as mature in one way or another.

Many of us would rather not be thought of as mature in terms of growing old. And we can probably all think of people who are “old” but they’re not “mature.”

They’re adults but they act like selfish and self-centered children who don’t know any better.
And the question that we have to face as we look at ourselves in the mirror of our soul is this:

Am I maturing in Christ or am I stuck in the same old ruts I’ve been in for years?
If someone were to look at me, would they see that I’ve grown up a bit, especially in my character?
That’s a tough question, because for many of us, the answer may not be something we want to acknowledge
I think all of us have areas of our life where we would like to be more “grown up.”

I don’t know what that is for you – but you know. And even if it’s never been at the front of your thinking, you can find something in your life.

So what can we do about it?
What can we do to become people who are characterized by maturity instead of living in the ruts of life?

Well, I think it lies in the idea that we need to develop a discontent with the status quo, or the current status of our spiritual life.
In other words, getting the mindset
- That where I’m at in my spiritual life isn’t good enough any more.
- That no matter how long I’ve lived and no matter how long I’ve had Jesus in my heart, there is always more of Christ to grasp.
- Maybe you’ve had the Christ-filled life that some in all congregations have;

o Like a gentleman I went to church with in Rochester; Harry Evens. Even before his death at 78 he would have told you that at 78 years old and walking with Jesus for about 70 of them, there was still more of Jesus to grasp.
- Or maybe you’re a baby in the faith – you’ve just given your life to Jesus recently.

o The good news is that you’ve just entered a journey that can be filled with the wonder of God doing marvelous things in your life. And I’m certain that there are some here in this congregation with the same testimony.
- Or it could be that maybe you invited Jesus into your life a number of years back, but you’ve never really understood what it means to mature in that faith and become a person who wants more of God.
No matter where you fall in those categories, or if you’re in a completely different category, my hope is that you will walk out of here today wanting more.

That you’ll walk out of here determined that starting today, you’re going to seek Christ and the maturity in character He wants to give to all who want it.
And if I were to give you the one thing that I want you to take away from here today, it would be this:
Spiritual maturity is not in the ruts, it’s in the reaching.
It’s in the reaching for Christ.
Now it’s important to understand that as we seek maturity, we gain a couple side-benefits:
First, we start to get all that Christ has for us.
We hear Him better, and we’re better able to experience the blessings He has in store for us, we’re better able to handle the hard times as well as appreciate the good times.
A second side-benefit is that as we actively seek maturity in the faith, we get this incredible thing that I’ve been talking about, and that is maturity in character.
But it begins by seeking maturity in Christ.

Please understand the point of all this is that gaining all that Christ has for you and gaining maturity in faith and character is impossible by maintaining the status quo of going through the same old routine of life you’ve been in.
You can’t live in a state of spiritual whatever; where we just say that God’s okay as long as He keeps His distance and doesn’t bother me and hope to get all the great things God has for you.
It just doesn’t happen.

- These things are promised to those who reach for them.
- For those who want them so badly they’ll do whatever it takes to get them.
The words of God through Paul in the book of Philippians are a great wake-up call for us when it comes to growing up and becoming mature.

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: by no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward- to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision- you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it Philippians 3:12-16 (The Message)

What does Paul mean when he says that he hasn’t achieved “these things?”
He’s talking about how he hasn’t yet achieved the full experience of Christ – His power, death, and resurrection.
But here’s the point of Paul’s words.
Paul says that he’s not going to live in the ruts of his spiritual life. He’s going to reach for the things of Christ. He’s going to continue reaching for spiritual maturity.
And he says this isn’t just something he’s going to put on his to-do list or that this is his New Year’s Resolution.
He says that this is his focus in life. Reaching for maturity in Christ is his reason for living.
He also says that the reaching isn’t for the faint-hearted. He says here that he’s straining to get hold of these things.

It’s not just like opening the cupboard and reaching for a cup on the top shelf and it’s too high so you have to get a chair (or for some of us, a step-ladder).
This kind of straining involves setting aside everything else for the greatness of knowing Christ.
Paul says that he’s working toward that day when he would be all that Jesus wants Him to be. He’s going to do whatever it takes to reach that goal.
And it’s important to understand that this is something that Jesus Himself wants for you.
Look back at verse 12 –
But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.
This isn’t the empty ramblings of the youth leader who’s expected to say these kinds of things. It’s the heart of Jesus Himself.

So can you really pass this off as just some nice religious talk on a Sunday?
I mentioned a couple side-benefits we gain when we seek spiritual maturity – it helps us mature in character and it gives us access to all that Christ has for us.
But there’s another reason for seeking maturity. Let me read verse twelve again, but from the English Standard Version –

…but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Why should we bother with this?
- Because Christ made us His own!
- And remember what it cost Him – His very life!

And we stand here and sit here thinking that God has no right to intrude into our personal lives?
How stupid can we be!
You and I will never have a friend who cares for us like Jesus.
We’ll never have a family member who loves us as deeply as Jesus.
And in spite of the fact that we turn our backs on Him, He chose to die for us, making us His own.
Knowing that, knowing that; can you continue to push Him aside, saying that you have no need or use for Him outside of these walls?
Or that He just needs to keep His distance until a time when we really need Him to bail us out of some bad situation?God forgive us for that!

We move on from the status quo by:
1. Refusing to live in the past.
Paul is writing this from prison, and yet he’s got his mind focused not on his past, or even his present circumstance. He’s focused on what’s ahead.

I want to encourage you to get past the thinking that it’s too late for you because too much time has passed or because maybe you’ve done something in the past that you think will disqualify you from what Jesus wants for you.
If that’s you, then let me remind you of something:
Jesus offers forgiveness for anything you’ve done.
You just have to ask for it. The Bible says that if we confess our sins to God, He forgives them and He cleans us up. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. Jesus brings forgiveness.
Whatever the reason, refuse to live in the past.
The second way to move on from the status quo is by…
2. Living to the level you’ve already know.
Do you understand that you are responsible for the truth you already possess?
It’s like Mark Twain and a quote he made,
“It’s not the parts of the Bible that I DON’T KNOW that bother me – it’s the parts that I DO know”

If you’ve been walking with Jesus for any appreciable length of time, and you have access to a Bible, then you have no excuse for not living up to what you already know.
One of my jobs as a youth leader is not only to help my teens grow in maturity, it’s also to do what I can to take away any excuses they may be clinging to in order to make a commitment to follow Christ wholeheartedly.

You know what God expects of you, and if you don’t know, you have the Bible to help you find out. And then you need to live up to what you already know, with the help of God.
Here’s the third way of moving on from the status quo of our spiritual life, and that is by…
3. Striving for more of Jesus.
This is basically admitting to yourself that the status quo of your spiritual life isn’t good enough. You want more of Jesus and what He offers you.
And so you ask God to give you the motivation and the strength to do whatever it takes for you to get it.
It’s excepting that where you are now is not good enough anymore.

We move from the status quo of our spiritual life by refusing to live in the past, living up to what we’ve already attained, and by striving for more of Jesus.

Why is this so important, anyway?
Why should you bother with this?
Why should you even bother with the idea of straining for the things of Christ when you might be just comfy where you are?
Because God has more for you.

The great thing about maturity in Christ is that it’s not just for adults. It’s available to anyone who wants it, regardless of age.
Children can be mature in Christ – at least as mature as they can be at their age.
I’ve known children who are spiritually more mature than a lot of adults I’ve known.

Truth is - We live in a real greedy society.
And it’s not just here in America. Greed is part of every society in the world.
What do you thinks would happen if we, the people of God, got greedy for something else?
What would happen if we decided to get greedy for the things of God?
What do you think would happen if we got greedy
- for more of Jesus –
- more time in the Bible –
- more time in prayer for others and the church as well as ourselves –
- greedy for the kingdom?

Do you realize how uncommon that kind of thinking is, even among followers of Jesus?
Most people are greedy - But not for the things of God.
Listen to me; can you imagine what God would do in the midst of individuals and this church if we got serious about being greedy for the things of God above ourselves?
It’s unthinkable,

Ephesians 3:20-21(English Standard Version) says this –
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen

What if churches all across Ortonville and Oakland County became infected with people who were greedy for the things of God?
Can you imagine the impact that would have?
- People would see that Jesus is real – not just some religious figure we talk about on Sundays and give lip-service to the rest of the week.
- They would see that Jesus is really here to bring help for the here and now and hope for the hereafter.
- They would see that the Word of God is living and active, and that the Holy Spirit is moving in the lives of those who take it in through reading and study and meditation and hearing and memorizing.
- They would see that God is alive and active in the lives of His people.
- And the Holy Spirit can use those things to draw people to Himself, and as we see that happening, guess what else happens?
- We get even more excited about Christ and what He has for us. And so we get even more greedy for the things of God.

So why aren’t we doing that?
Why not believe that God can do His thing through every individual here and let it ripple throughout Lake Louise, causing us to be a people who are caught up with striving for maturity in Christ and the blessings it brings?
You know we’re at the beginning of a new year.
Let me ask? What if this church – everyone who comes here - get’s greedy for God?
What kind of an impact do you suppose you’d have on your community?

Could you see it?
- Class rooms filled to capacity with people, young and old, wanting, no needing, to know more about God.
- Children running around these grounds with happy hearts because they just finished their Bible quizzing classes.
- Teen’s – in the church - in this neighborhood witnessing to un-churched people of how God is real in their lives.
- Multiple Sunday services:
o Altars filled as people, young and old alike seeking forgiveness of sins, sanctification of their hearts and lives, healing of body and relationships
o Prayer teams praying throughout each service for God’s glory
o Praise and Worship teams leading and inspiring those here to engage in worship
- Small Group ministries
- Wednesday Caravan classes packed to the max
- Care teams scouring the neighborhood
- Community helps programs meeting the needs of those in this community
And the list can go on and on and on…

But– the truth is – none of this can or will happen if you’re stuck in the rut!
So what’s the desire for Lake Louise?
I want to close this service this morning with a song. I would like you to ask the Lord a single question –
“Lord, am I living my life for You – or am I stuck in a rut?
Am I stuck in the rut of sin, or contemptment, or selfishness, or greed, or laziness?
What ever rut are you in – the answer is here this morning at the altar of prayer.

Let me tell you; God will forgive and restore you if you come to Him and ask for forgiveness.
Do you believe that?
God WILL lift you out of the rut and put you back on high ground – if you confess and allow Him to change you from the inside out!
And if you are one who wants to be part of Christ’s plan for Lake Louise Church of the Nazarene – I invite you to come and gather at the altar for a prayer of commitment for the New Year.
I believe that not only CAN God do it here at Lake Louise, I believe He WANTS to do it.
So let’s invite Him in to do it right now as the song plays – come.

(After song is done)
I believe that not only CAN God do, I believe He WANTS to do it. So let’s invite Him to do it right now.

Let’s pray.

This song played in the background when we were praying....

Happy New Years everyone..... I hope you will find tons of love, great health, and hope this year...

Till Next Time.....

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Urban Decay


So the week before back Friday I started working at this great store called Ulta....

If you don't know what Ulta is 1. you need to find one by you and go and 2. we sell of my favorite things.

One of the lines that we sell at Ulta is Urban Decay and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I don't think I will ever be able to use other eyeshadows again.

Here's a little about Urban Decay:  One day, long ago, Sandy Lerner (co founder of Cisco Systems) couldn't find the right shade of purple nail polish to satisfy her alternative make-up tastes. Her lamentations over the fact that there were 500 colors of pink polishes, but no greens or purples motivated her to create Urban Decay Cosmetics. A woman of action, Sandy teamed up with David Soward "the token suit" and Wende Zomnir "creative dynamo". They collectively unleashed her vision on the cosmetics world in January of 1996. The line of alternative colors, which began with 10 shades of lipstick and 12 shades of nail enamel, appeared in a memorable advertisement with the tagline, "Does Pink Make You Puke?"
Apparently, the company had its finger on the button of alternative culture. Under Zomnir's creative direction, the trend-setting cosmetics company became famous for color names like Roach, Smog, Rust, Oil Slick and Acid Rain - inspired by the beautiful hues of America's urban landscape. This fresh approach has redefined how both consumers and the cosmetics industry look at color.
The often imitated ten-year-old company - whose dramatic nail, lip and eye colors have been featured on runways, television, in movies and magazines - is also distinguished by its line-up of trend-setting products and concepts. Urban Decay brings cutting-edge innovation to more mainstream products like its beautiful Eye Shadow, Lip Gunk, Urban Camouflage Concealer and cruelty-free brushes.
Setting another trend in the cosmetics industry is Urban Decay's webstore,, where, since July of 1998, shoppers have been able to purchase Urban Decay products and receive application tips online.
The success of Urban Decay has not gone unnoticed. In February, 2000, wild child Urban Decay was adopted by Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), the French luxury goods conglomerate. LVMH grew the company until December, 2002, when Urban Decay caught the attention of three business-minded brothers who bought the company on the advice of their teenage daughters. They've served as Urban Decay's father figures ever since.
Urban Decay is sold in luxury retailers around the world, bringing beauty with an edge to fashionable women (and men!) everywhere. (from

So I have only tried a few things, I have loved just about all of it...The only thing I did not like was the lipstick because it tasted so bad.....But because I love all of the eyeshadows that I have used I just had to tell you all about it....

Now one if the great things about my job is that they want me to try stuff.

So I got a sample eyeshadow...You know one that comes on the cardboard....

The colors they gave me where Midnight Cowboy rides again and flipside (both by urban decay)...... The colors are great here is what they look like on


 Now let me tell you how I got this look

I took the Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and put it all over my eyelid(even up to my brow) and in the corner. Then i took the flipside and put it on my crease and under my eye by my lower lashes. Then I took my 24/7 eye pencil by urban decay called electric and lined my whole eye...Then i took my 24/7 eye pencil called Zero and finished everything up

Now I know you are thinking wow that looks great...But this is the best part boys and is now 11:30 pm and i have had my makeup on for over 13 hours...That's right 13 hours and it looks like I just put it on....

Now I know you are thinking wow how in the world did you do that...You touched it up for the pitchers but I promise you there were no touch up....

 there are to things that happened to make my eyes look so good.

1. I Rock at doing makeup and 2. Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion

that little baby is better then chocolate on popcorn.....You put a little on before you put your eyeshadow on and it will not come off....It is amazing....You will need to use eye makeup remover to take your eyeshadow off when you use this...

I'm telling you if you use the eyeshadow primer your makeup will look fab all day long

Ok now to talk about the gift Santa(me) brought me this Christmas because I was so good....

The Urban Decay Naked Pallet.......

Let me show you in side...... :)

This is what Urban Decay had to say about the Naked pallet: THIS is how Urban Decay does neutral! Far from a group of boring beige shadows, this long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous neutrals. Shades range from delicate champagnes to dark, gritty gunmetal, and feature FIVE NEW shades with names like Darkhorse, Virgin and Buck. We've also included a range of textures: everything from glitter to shimmer to matte.(from
Let me tell you TWELVE GORGEOUS NEUTRALS is right....I love my Naked Pallet....It also came with two 24/7 eye pencils zero and whiskey

They go on so smooth and they stay like no other that is why they are called 24/7. With they pallet you will also get a small bottle of the eyeshadow primer....All this for only $44.00 it is worth every dime....

I also love there lip gloss...Now I did not like the lipstick. it tasted so bad I had to take it right off. But the lip gloss is a different story. the lip gloss is called pocket rocket and with a 1/2 naked man on the lid how can you go wrong

I have two pocket rockets

Meet julio

meet doug

I love that the lip gloss guy on your tubs are the names of the gloss....It just makes it fun...

As you can see I'm so in love with Urban Decay I think it is bay far the best stuff out there....Whenever someone comes into my store I'm always selling them Urban Decay it is a really great product....

I really think they have a great product philosophy also here is what they have to say about their product philosophy: Being a great cosmetics company doesn't stop at having the right colors or the most creative packaging. To keep loyal Urban Decay customers coming back, each product must be of the highest quality, and worth every single penny. Hours of overtime are spent in the labs to make sure that the ingredients selected yield the most benefits for the dedicated fans of Urban Decay.
Lots of people love Urban Decay, but not everyone knows what makes the products so fabulous...sure, a little Eyeshadow goes a long way - and it never, ever creases - but most people are unaware that it's because they're jam-packed with pure pigment instead of binders, resulting in maximum color and ultimate texture. The Good Karma Cruelty-Free Brushes are SUPER soft, but who would know that the product development team searched high and low for the perfect synthetic fiber? As a result, our shadows apply effortlessly, and no little animals are hurt (We DON'T do animal testing. How could anyone?).
And for those customers especially concerned with our products' ingredients (sometimes they are vegan, some have sensitive skin, and some are just curious), we list each products' ingredients on our website, From tasty Lip Gunks to micro-milled Surreal Skin, from deluxe, creamy XXX Slick to the microsparkles in the Nail Enamel, our cosmetics are the best around. Urban Decay customers constantly grill us about the formulas on ALL our products, and we love to answer every question, because we know our makeup is amazing! (from

I'm telling you need to stop at your near Ulta or go to and check some stuff out..You will not be sorry. I would also love to hear what you use from urban decay and why you love it....

Till Next Time....

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

P.S. I made This

The other day i drove out to my new store to pick up my pay check. I noticed that the borders by my Ulta was going out of business so i had to stop in.

I have been looking for a cool craft book for a little bit now so i headed over to the craft area.

And there it was P.S.- I made this..... By Erica Domesek

A little info on Erica..... Founder of the innovation DIY brand P.S. I Made a distinguished lifestyle and DIY style expert living and creating in New York City Erica's creations, from fashion accessories and home decor accents to visionary concepts for stylish soirees....

Ok so when i go home I was so excited I had to read the book from cover to cover.

One of the projects that I had to make was the fringe scarf.....When I saw the pics that were in the book I feel in love with the scarf

Ok so here is what you do to get this great scarf.....

  ~ T-Shirt (i got mine at Old Navy for like $3.00 on clearance. I got them in blue/white, pink/white, yellow/white, orange/white....I made one for each one of my cuz)
  ~ Scissors

1. Cut horizontally across the shirt, just below the armholes, to create a rectangular tube

2. Working your way around the tube, make a series of neat, vertical cuts that extend from the hemmed edge up ward. The longer the cut, the longer the fringe will be.

3. upon completion, tug down on each strand to elongate it.

And your done....put it around your neck and you are ready to rock this great fringe scarf....

I rocked one on Christmas mine was orange/white (orange my fav color) here are some pic of me with mine on. I hope you will make one. It will take you less them 30 min to make one. Also check out Erica Domesek and be on the look out for more great things from my very cool book P.S.- I made this.....

If you make one send me pic and comments

Till Next Time.........

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The day of Nothing

Do you ever get the day off....

Well I did yesterday and it was a true day off. no muff no running around just stay in my PJs all day.

I was so excited to do nothing. I got to sleep in till 1pm and sit in my PJ and slippers all day. I watched willy wonka and the chocolate factory, what I like about you, listened to new itunes music, blogged and painted. It was a great day off

I wanted to share with you some new artist i found. They could have been around but they are new to me and I love them

I LOVE LOVE LOVE their music.....But today when i was sitting here playing on my laptop with itunes in the background one of kari jobe songs came on its called be still...

It really touched me. I have a lot of stuff that is going on right now and i know this song came on because God is telling me to be still..

Sometimes i just take control and dont take the time to be still and let things work out. one part says Be still my soul, be still Be still my soul, be still Wait patiently upon the Lord Be still my soul, be still

after hearing this song I just stoped and prayed. I prayed for God to help me be still because dear Jesus I know you have great plans for me.

Here are the lyrics to this song

Be Still Lyrics

He is here for the broken and life to the one who is undone
He is peace to the wounded and hope for the helpless one
He is here, He is here

Be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still

When the waves rise against me and the wind tries to draw me away
I will stand on the mountain, safe in Your arms I will sing I will sing

Be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still

Be still I know He is God
He is here, He is here
Be still I know He is God
He is here, He is here

So be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still

Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
Be still my soul, be still

I hope these words talk to you like they did me....Check out these great artist

So tell me what you do when you get a day to do nothing

Till Next Time...

Monday, December 27, 2010

finding Christmas

The Hussel and the Bussel of the Season is over....I have to tell you i had a hard time getting into Christmas this year. when you work retail like i do, you start to deal with what i like to call corporate Christmas on Oct 31st.

people don't remember the reason for the season all they think of is the best deal and how may coupons they can us. its really sad when you think about it. when i was a kid you could drive down the road and nothing was open now you have movie stores, best buy, gas stations and drug stores open. i feel bad for those people they don't get to spend that time with there family's.

the reason for a movie store to be open?????? we really have missed the meaning of Christmas

When i googled the meaning of Christmas this is what i found - It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?
For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.
Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

Luke 2: 4-19 says:

"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
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 Savior 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." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."
Why did He come? Why did God send His son to this sometimes cruel and hard world? He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become a very important part of history. His story (history) is one of truth, love, and hope. It brought salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.
Jesus was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are wrong. The Bible says that all have sinned. We are all born with a sin nature. We do things that do not please God. Through the sins of Adam and Eve, we have all inherited that sin nature. We need to have that removed. The only way is through Jesus. Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive us. Then, we are clean and made whole. We can know that heaven is a place where we can go to when this life is over.
"But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong." I John 1:9
We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.
Look at Christmas in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a "Merry Christmas." The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met.
Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice!
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I know for me I always say that i hate Christmas(corporate Christmas) and it took me till Christmas eve at church singing silent night by candle light to get into the mood....I was standing there thinking about what Jesus has done for me. sometimes I'm not so happy with things in my life but i have it so much better then other people and I'm so blessed to have a great family.

i was so happy to be able to spend Christmas day with my family and the day after with family(after work)...

Thank you Jesus for everything you have blessed me with. thank you for dieing for my sins and for my great family.

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus

(here are some pic from Christmas)

Till Next Time......