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For many people, me included, Thanksgiving kicks off the Christmas season. Decking the halls, putting a wreath on the front door and boughs around the fireplace mantle. I have Christmas carols playing as I write. Why is Christmas such a big deal? It’s the largest celebration around the world. Other holidays get a single day, but it seems Christmas is emphasized for an entire month. When it comes, you can’t miss it, even if you don’t celebrate it. Frankly, you can’t escape it! “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” God gave us three special gifts in the verse. First there is the gift of Celebration. The second present is an invitation for Salvation, like making peace with God. And the third gift is that of Reconciliation, what the world and maybe you desperately need. Over the next three weeks I want to share some thoughts on each Christmas gift. Next week, the gift of Celebration. Peace!...Pastor Keith Vist us on the web: www.ministryinmotionusa.org

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Gobble Gobble From the time the Pilgrim settlers first celebrated their day of giving thanks to President Abraham Lincoln officially setting aside the last Thursday of November “as a day of thanksgiving" we celebrate Thanksgiving as a day to give thanks to God for His gracious and sufficient provisions. The Scriptures, from cover to cover, call on us to live a life of gratitude, not just a day. Living thankfully gives God the credit he deserves, and that's sufficient reason to do it. We, like the Pilgrims, have a choice. In life there will always be those things that we can complain about (the Pilgrims had lost many loved ones), but there will also be much to be thankful for. What are you thankful for this final Thursday of November?...Pastor Keith

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Mocking God?

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God’s Word will never change your life until you let it become personal. How do you make God’s Word personal? Try the personalize-it method, anybody can do it! You don’t need any special tools or advanced theological training.You simply put your name in the place of pronouns or nouns in Scripture. For example, if I were personalizing John 3:16, I’d write something like this: “For God so loved Keith that he gave his one and only Son, that Keith would not perish but have everlasting life.” Put your name in the text, and you’ll strengthen your faith and encourage yourself. Peace...Pastor Keith