Merry Christmas!

Well, friends, what a wonderful candlelight service we had this past Sunday night! I think I enjoyed that one more than any other. Maybe it was because Lynsey and I were able to sit with our girls for most of the singing and readings. I sensed a closeness to all of you and among us that was refreshing and heartwarming. Thank God for that!

As you may know, there is a winter storm brewing to our west that is supposed to arrive on Thursday and Friday. We had planned to leave town on Thursday morning to drive to Arkansas. However, in light of the storm, we think it best to leave Wednesday in order to avoid getting caught in it. That means I won’t be able to teach Romans on Wednesday night–something I will indeed miss.

However, Pastor Chris has agreed to teach a combined class of adults and teens in my stead. I’m thankful for that and thankful for him. (I know you are, too!) There will also be a prayer guide per usual.

We are gathering on Christmas morning, but only at 11 and as one with no Sunday School, Growth Groups, or Adventurer’s. Expect a special time of wonderful Christmas hymns, the final message from our Christmas series, and celebrating the Lord’s Supper together.

We plan on returning home on Thursday, December 29. I plan on starting a new sermon series from 2 Peter 1 called “Faith Supplements” on Sunday, January 1. Of course, this is all Lord willing “and the creek don’t rise.”

It’s still astounding to remember that God became one of us, humbling Himself more than I ever could or would, and even did so to the point of death–all in obedience to the Father and the salvation of you and me. What wondrous love is this!