Please pray for DON NOLTE as he will be having rotator cuff surgery on Thursday, December 29.
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7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
This isn't any ordinary love. This is God's love with which we are to love others. It isn't some sort of selfish love. It isn't a love that expects something in return. It isn't a love that requires love back in order to work. It isn't a love that get easily offended. It isn't a love that holds grudges and keeps from forgiving. This love forgives freely, completely totally, and endlessly.
This is a love that comes, not from us, but from the Holy Spirit living in us. If it were up to us, this kind of love wouldn't exist. But since the Holy Spirit lives in us, His love lives in us. God is love!
This is the true meaning of Christmas! It is AGAPE! It is the true and real love of God coming down to us in human form in the person and work of Christ. If you don't get that, then the whole meaning of Christmas is lost on you, and it is only filled with shallow, empty thoughts, ideas, and actions.
Be filled with the Spirit today so that the love of Christ may work in you and through you this Christmas. Forgive as Christ has forgiven you! Be forgiven as Christ ahs forgiven you!@ Love unconditionally! WORSHIP AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY! And REST in Christ!
Peace be with you all!
Prayer: Lord, help me to see that the real meaning of Christmas is simply your agape, love. Amen.
Wed- SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 5pm; Bell Choir practice 6pm; Choir practice 7pm
Thurs- Karate 5:15-7:30
Sat- Christmas Eve Worship 7pm
Sun- Christmas Day Worship 10am
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- Eve- Nova Luebke Day- Kalene Masters
Ushers- Eve- Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze; Day- Allan Dreyer, Lew Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klovver
Altar- Set up- Terry McKenzie; Clean Up- Lynn Russell and Elaine Schauer
Elders- Eve- Jason Cluver Day- Jim Rahn
Lay Readers- None
Organist- Rachel Fisher Eve and Day
Projectionists: Eve- Mauch; Day- McKenzie