Pastor Mark's Newsletter (December 2017)

“Tis the season…” Christmas Day is only 24 days away.  Seems like last week we were celebrating this exciting time of the year as we commemorate the birth of the Son of God.  Time flies for us, and the older we get it seems the faster time goes.  In the human realm time is relative and we measure life accordingly. 

But God measures life and all that appertains to it from the eternal perspective. Therefore, in the Christian life we celebrate this reality of Christmas every day. We celebrate the incarnation of God, Emmanuel – God with us!  And He’s with us every day, all day; and never leaves nor forsakes us!  That’s why Paul wrote, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season…” (II Timothy 4:2).  In other words, this truth is an eternal truth from eternity past, to eternity future, and it will never change.

Jesus is the reason for the season!  Therefore, our focus should be on Him.  Our actions should reflect Him.  And our attitudes should be that of a grateful and giving heart.  He set the example: “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16).

With all of the gift giving during this season, remember it is His birthday, so we should give a special Christmas gift to Jesus with a Christmas offering to His church at Thomas Terrace.  For your convenience you can give online on our website: Your special gift, over and above your tithes and offering will help the church budget to close out in the black and give us a great start for the new year in January 2018.

From my home to yours we pray you will enjoy a very merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year. And remember, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).