"Rangen Christmas Message"

By Pastor Joe and Estelle Rangen, December 1987, Yuma, Arizona

MAY YOUR GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS BE...more than a memory.

CHRISTMAS surely has and continues to give birth to memories. Assuredly we all have great rememberances of Christmas...Some with our own families, some apart from loved ones. However, CHRISTMAS is not really CHRISTMAS BECAUSE of environment nor the atmosphere, nor people. CHRISTMAS is CHRIST...HIS BIRTHDAY! He puts LIGHT, LIFE and LOVE into our CHRISTMAS in 1987.

Experiences we remember, may be different. One year may be special when family and fellowship brings inspiration and blessings. Another may be one without family and friends. We remember in several Home Mission Projections where the young couples with their children took off for their parental homes. There we were, prepared for the Christmas Celebration with almost the entire Congregation gone. A lonely feeling, but face it, we realized, CHRISTMAS is not people...IT IS CHRIST'S BIRTHDAY! Sometimes we celebrate alone...other times with relatives or friends...be it few or many.

Indeed, CHRISTMAS IS MORE THAN A MEMORY! What a wonder: THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US...THE PROPHETIC WORD...THE PROMISE IN THE WORD.....THE LIFE-GIVING POSSESSION...THE UNBELIEVABLE POTENTIAL OF CHRISTMAS..."UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN...UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN and He will be called WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.

Isaiah saw it and may we see it and rejoice in our Coming Christ...His Birth, His Life, His Death, His Resurrection and His expectant return IS MORE THAN A MEMORY...IT IS A LIVING REALITY.

May your CHRISTMAS be a special one because of Jesus.

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