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Thanksgiving...Christmas

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Thanksgiving...Christmas 

Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
 
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's
Day.    
Thanksgiving is over and now the Christmas season begins.  
 
Christmas cards and letters will be mailed, cookies will be baked and decorated, the Christmas tree will be put up, the house decorated and everyone will be Christmas shopping. It truly is a wonderful time of the year with all the Christmas get-togethers, parties, caroling, and gift-giving.  
 
Despite all the festivities, let us not forget that 700 years before Christ was born, Isaiah prophesied,  
 
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14).  
 
That baby was Jesus and He was born some 2,000 years ago. He fulfilled every single prophecy regarding His birth, His life and ministry, His death and resurrection, His role in the Church, and His purpose in coming to earth. Jesus is the one who loved and died for us. He is our foundation. While we live in a world of uncertainty, we have confidence in the God-Man who gave His very life that we may have life everlasting. What an awesome God. 
 
May I remind you once again that if ever there is a time when people are open to the gospel, it's the Christmas Season.  Take advantage of the season by talking to people and inviting them to Church.  Our Christmas Eve service is going to be wonderful.  I am already working hard on a message that will be both interesting and one that will clearly present the gospel.  Make a list of people you plan to invite and pray for them to come.  Invitations will be available next Sunday (December 2).   Remember, don't say "no" for people by not bothering to invite them! 
 
See you this Sunday,
 
In the light of His glory and grace,
 
Pastor Doug