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 December 6, 2022
 
Holiday Season Greeting
 
We are at that time of the year that we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas! I really love this time of the year as we celebrate our Lord’s birth. People of all ethnicities treat one another with love and kindness in light of the turmoil in this country at this time of the year. We have so much to be thankful for in light of the deaths and sicknesses that have impacted our families .We have been blessed by our Savior Jesus Christ in so many ways and we are to be a blessing to families who have experienced death, sickness and unable to visit one another due to the COVID or other illnesses. Our hearts are to be thankful to God because we recognize that we are dependent on God (2 Cor. 4:15). The Psalm tells us how we are to thank Him in Psalm 100:4: Enter His gate with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name. Another reason we should be thankful to God because we have been rescued by Jesus Christ from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light into the very presence of Jesus Christ. Because of this, God has blessed us more than we deserve. As Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything keep on giving thanks for this is God’s will for You in Christ Jesus”. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, I just want to remind us that God is still in control in spite of the pandemic, systemic racism, chaos, and a divided country. There are no incidents or situations in our lives that occur outside of God’s will. When Jesus Christ was born, the culture then, as it is today was in turmoil. Many of our family, friends, neighbors, and people we do not know will not be able to celebrate Christmas and New Years as they have done in the past. God has said to us: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Gal.6:10). My wife and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God continue to bless you as you celebrate this Christmas, and New Year with your families. Please stay safe.
 
Pastor and Sis Vernon Lattimore