Friday, December 22, 2017

The Light of the World

This year our church published a book of daily Advent devotionals written by various members of our church. The book was entitled "Songs of the Season" and writers told about their favorite Christmas carols and how those carols had brought a greater understanding of the season.

I thoroughly enjoyed the devotionals and reflected on how each carol had blessed the Christmases of my own life. I also reflected on various carols and tried to decide what might be my favorite. One song kept coming to my mind, The only problem was that it wasn't really a song that we traditionally think of as related to the Christmas season. That song was "The Light of the World Is Jesus."
 
 The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,
 The Light of the world is Jesus;
 Like sunshine at noonday,
 His glory shone in,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
   
 Come to the Light, 'tis shining for thee;
 Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me.
 Once I was blind, but now I can see:
 The Light of the world is Jesus.

At this time of year, we see lights everywhere that remind us of the coming of the true Light that John tells us about in the prologue to his Gospel. There are trees adorned with lights, streets that are lined with lights, homes and businesses are outlined with lights. One of the favorite activities of the season is to drive around and look at all of the beautiful lights. Each Sunday of the Advent season, we light candles on the Advent wreath.

I wonder how many of us remember that the lights of this season are a symbol of the one true Light, Jesus, who brought light into the darkness of this world? As we light the candles on our advent wreath, the four candles remind us that Jesus brings hope, love, joy, and peace into the world. It is true, "The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin, the Light of the world is Jesus!"

During this season, may each and every one of us know the joy that Jesus, the Light of the World, brings.

Friday, November 17, 2017

THANK YOU!

I recently received a beautiful card in the mail. It was a "Thank You" card sent to me from a friend that I had given a gift. It really made me feel good that they took the time to go and buy a card and send it to me to say "Thank You." It also made me feel good that they were appreciative of the gift that I had given to them. Sometimes people forget to say "Thank You" when someone does something nice for them.

In chapter 17, Luke tells of  a day when Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem when he met ten men who were afflicted with the terrible disease of leprosy. When they saw Jesus, they called out to him, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

Jesus, moved with compassion, said to them,  “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were healed of their leprosy.

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, stopped and went back praising God with a loud voice.  He threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.

Jesus said to him, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except you?"

God does so much for us! Every day he provides everything we need; food, clothing, and a place to live. The greatest gift he has given us is that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Do we ever forget to say, "Thank You?" Let's stop right now and say "Thank You" and ask God to help us remember to thank Him every day.

Dear Lord, you give us everything we need and much more besides, but we often forget to say "Thank You." We thank you now and ask you to help us to remember to give thanks every day for all the gifts you give us. Most of all, we give thanks for the gift of eternal life. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A New Social Media Editor for Sermons4Kids

Effective October 1, 2017, Ami Watson became the Social Media Editor for Sermons4Kids . You have probably already noticed the improvement in the quality and frequency of our posts on Facebook and Twitter. I thought it was about time I introduced her and told you a little bit about her.

Ami lives in Tennessee and is a wife and mom of a twelve-year-old son. For the past five years she has been a Children's Church Pastor in her home church, so she knows first-hand the type of  things that will be helpful to you in your ministry to children. She is also a second grade teacher at Alldardt Elementary School and is in her thirteenth year of teaching, so, she has a lot of experience communicating with the children.

Ami is actually no stranger to the Sermons4Kids ministry. She has created and shared with us twenty-two PowerPoint presentations to go with some of our lessons. They are available on the Sermons4Kids website for your download and use. These presentations are a good example of the creativity Ami brings to our ministry.

Ami looks forward to interacting with you on Facebook. So, if you aren't already a follower, visit our Facebook page today and get to know her better.

Welcome, Ami. We are happy to have you on board and we look forward to the contribution you will make to the Sermons4Kids ministry.