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A Christmas Message
   The thrill of the unknown attracts each one of us.  We can’t put down the thrilling book because we wonder what’s on the next page.  We set ourselves in front of the TV for the football game because of the yet-to-be determined final score.  We watch each episode of the reality show because we want to know how it ends.  And what lies beneath the wrapping paper and pretty bows under the Christmas tree is enough to mesmerize young and old alike.
   But, the thrill of the unknown does have its limits.  The child awakened by a nightmare doesn’t want to hear mom say, “I’ll let you know in the morning if you will be alright.”  The young man on one knee, with the ring box open asking will you marry me is not hoping to hear, “I’ll let you know in a month.”  And the last thing we as sinners want to hear - can afford to hear - is that God loves us…maybe.  Yes, unpredictability and uncertainty can be harmful, especially for our souls.
   The reason for this is simple, and we refresh our memories why with words from God’s Word: “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).  And, “The soul who sins is the one who will die” (Ezekiel 18:4).  We are people who sin, and sin deserves hell. 
   On our own we cannot have a right relationship with God.  On our own we cannot remove the stain of our sin.  On our own we cannot even dream of an eternal rest in heaven with God forever.  The best we could do is day after day struggle mightily to behave better than the average person, but when we lay down at night we would still be uncertain as to whether or not we had done enough!  What we need is someone to remove our sin and the guilt it lays on us, and then make it possible for us to have a right relationship with God from whom our sins have separated us.
   And that is what we hear in God's Word.  That which we cannot do, God has done.  That which we need is a reality, and there is nothing unsure about it.  The Lord God has made a lot of promises and said, “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
   With God, possibility is replaced with promise.  It isn’t maybe God loves you, but definitely God loves you!  It isn’t perhaps we have a Savior, but absolutely we have a Savior – and from heaven above he came to save us from our sins!  It isn’t possibly we have forgiveness, but without doubt we have forgiveness,  because Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, would go on to perfectly obey God’s requirements in our place, die to pay for our sins and thereby remove our guilt, and rise from the grave to proclaim his victory over death and Satan and hell! 
            So this Christmas, inwardly digest the greatest love story God’s Word presents to you!  Focus on the words with hearts rejoicing in this greatest of all gifts!  Cry as it strikes home that he came for you!  Acknowledge your sin and guilt and unworthiness to have a Savior.  But most of all, cherish in faith and treasure above all that baby boy wrapped in those swaddling clothes – because that baby boy is he who came to give his very life on the cross to pay for your sin and guilt, win your forgiveness and salvation, so that by faith you might know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God loves you!  Blessings on your Christ-centered Christmas celebration.


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Black River Falls, WI 

N6598 County Road A
   Bible Study 9:15am (Sept-May)
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Cataract, WI
N6774 Acorn Ave

   Bible Study 11:00am (Sept-May)
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