Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

As I write this we are but days away from two important holidays.  One certainly is a holy day honoring the birth of our Savior and the other can be if used to renew our commitment to Him.

I do hope that your celebrations are filled with God’s peace and most importantly His presence.  I recently read one of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals and Pastor Rick pointed out that one of the reasons people struggle with contentment is because we’re always looking for explanations for why things happen in our lives.

In this faith journey that we are on, Pastor Rick also shared that what we need is God’s presence more than His explanations! I hope that thought encourages you as much as it did me. You see, I recognize that the assurance of His love and forgiveness comes from His word, the Bible; but I also recognize that there are wonderful times of assurance and comfort that come when I recognize and know His presence.

As we approach the end of 2016 – we pray God’s blessing upon you and yours. We pray that you will know His love, peace and presence in this New Year.

Merry Christmas and may you have a Christ-filled New Year.

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