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From the Pastor's Desk

In the Christmas narratives, there are several "fear nots."

1. The "fear not" of salvation: "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings...which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10, 11).

2. The "fear not" of the humanly impossible: "Fear not, Mary, … the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: …For with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:30, 35, 37).

3. The "fear not" of unanswered prayer: "Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John" (Luke 1:13).

4. The "fear not" of immediate obedience: "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife. … Then Joseph … did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him" (Matthew 1:20, 24)

For many of us “Getting in the Christmas Spirit” means putting up our tree or hanging up our lights. For others it may mean putting on some Christmas music or watching a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel. But as we have been discovering the last couple of weeks, to truly get in the Christmas Spirit means the realization of what God gave us over 2,000 years ago, Christ our Redeemer!

He truly is the reason for the season! Merry Christmas!

Pastors Tim and Katrina Yaden

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