In Released Time Bible Classes this month we are talking about Peace. The Angels proclaimed “Peace on Earth, good will toward men.” Yet we look around and see very little peace, whether it be around the world or here, where we live. We have tried to impress on the children that true and lasting peace can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ and that this peace can be made personal when we place our faith in Him as our own Savior.
Attendance is up in most Released Time Bible Classes this year. The classes are growing each month. In some classes, that struggle getting visitors, we offer an incentive when the class grows to a goal. We have already had a couple of ice cream parties and have a pizza party scheduled for January. Many children have been raising their hands for prayer for Salvation or Obedience. Please pray for the children making decisions and that they would follow up with an adult.
Now some thoughts from Cherie; while Christmas shopping do you find yourself complaining about all the potholes in the road? Imagine Mary traveling on a donkey for miles and miles on her delivery day.
Did you cancel a holiday trip for lack of funds? Joseph had no option to cancel. The law decreed and the baby demanded that he push on.
Are you aggravated by the homeless people with their signs? What if you were interrupted at midnight by bleating sheep and dirty shepherds declaring they had seen angels?
Suddenly Heaven touches earth as we turn from our mundane distractions to focus on the Baby, the Savior of the World.
We pray that you will have a blessed Christmas season and that you will be challenged to focus on that One who was born, lived, died and is coming again for you. Heb. 12:2 “…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”