Two Days Before Christmas

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The Thursday before Christmas…

Growing up I always had the impression Mary and Joseph were frantically searching for shelter in Bethlehem and at the last moment when Mary’s contractions were one minute apart, they found the stable and upon entering the stable Mary immediately gave birth while the cows lowed, the goats bleated and the sheep baaah’ed (is that even a word?).

Where such an idea found root and blossomed in my brain, only to bloom for the last 53 years is beyond my comprehension.

But, today I am trying out some new “mind-bending” techniques without the use of herbal, organic supplements (legal or otherwise!).

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Reason for the Season?

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Reason for the Season?

Someone will post it on Facebook…

It will grace the bumper of the car in front of you…

It will float out there like a righteous hot air balloon amid some serious Christmas conversation…

With the casualness of saying “How’s it going?”, it will be reeled off the tongue of a sincere friend…

You may even be accosted with it by some non-commercialized zealots intent on keeping Christmas “pure”…

With big letters, some store owners will paint it on their storefronts…

Maybe I’m the first one to bring it to your attention this Christmas season…

You are going to come face to face with it sooner or later, so here we go…

“Jesus is the Reason for the Season!”

There…
I said it…
You just read it…
Whew…
Glad that’s over with…

My iWitness…

I get it.
I understand.
I even put it on the top of this blog post!
I know what “they” are driving at when they proclaim it and declare it.
I see the desire to “rail against the commercialized Christmas machine.”

Yes…

The focus of the Christmas season needs to center on the newborn savior.
However…

Jesus is not the reason for the season.

Yes, you read that right.

Let me repeat myself…

Jesus is not the reason for the season.

If Jesus is not the reason for the season, then who or what is the reason for the season?

Do you want to know the answer?
Of course you do!

YOU are the reason for the season!!

Listen carefully as you read the most quoted verse in all of scripture…

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3. 16-17)

God loved who? The world!
Who is the world? YOU
God gave His son. So that whoever believes…
Who is whoever? YOU
God sent His son not to condemn, but to save.
Save who? YOU
God sent His son into the world so that whoever believes in him will have eternal life.
Who gets eternal life? YOU

Get it?
Got it?
Good!

YOU are the reason for the season! And don’t let anyone tell you different…

And that’s my iWitness…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

ps – This is a chapter out of my “iWitness December” daily devotional book. Available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format.

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

“Nunc Dimittis” – A 100 Word Poem on Simeon

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READ THIS FIRST (Otherwise the 100 word sermon might not make much sense if you do not know the role of Simeon in the birth narrative):

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

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“25 Days of Christmas” Now Available on Amazon

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Merry Christmas!!

I am pleased to announce the publishing of “25 Days of Christmas” – A 100 word daily devotional, counting down the days until the birth of the Newborn King!

Below is the brief description found on the Amazon website…

Christmas is the most special time of the year!
Anticipation, thoughtful preparation and joyful expectation all play a role in having a better understanding of the Christmas story.

“25 Days of Christmas” offers a unique look at unpacking the Christmas story. Author and Pastor David Dendy took on the challenge of using only one hundred words per day in this twenty-five day devotional adventure in diving into the depths of the biblical Christmas story.

Get ready to be challenged and inspired in this thought provoking daily devotional discipline that will offer the reader an opportunity to prepare fully for the arrival of the newborn King!

It is available in Kindle ($2.99) or Paperback $5.50).
http://www.amazon.com/25-Days-Christmas-David-Dendy-ebook/dp/B019SF2CWQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451252325&sr=8-2&keywords=david+dendy
Thank you for your continued support and may you see God in magnificent and meaningful ways in the New Year of our Lord 2016!

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.daviddendy.com

#23 “Unwrapped” – 25 Days of Christmas

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“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2: 12)

Recently I ran into a family practicing the strangest Christmas tradition I have ever heard.

Christmas presents surround their Christmas tree.

Christmas day arrives.

The gifts are passed around to each family member.

Here’s the kicker…

They never unwrap the gifts…

Jesus came “wrapped” in swaddling cloths.

The choice is yours –

Leave Jesus wrapped or unwrap the Messiah, the glory of God and let the wild and joyous journey begin of living a life “unwrapped!”

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.daviddendy.com

“25 Days of Christmas” – A 100 word daily devotional, counting down the days until the birth of the Newborn King!

 

#22 “Strange Sign” – 25 Days of Christmas

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“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2: 12)

We have all heard about how God will show us a “sign” by the opening of a “door.”

Not always…

A dear friend was going through a rough time about twenty years ago.
At his wits end, he finally drove himself to the “Funny Farm.” (His words…)

Guess what?
The gate to the “Funny Farm” was closed.
Strange Sign…

Next day at church?
Jesus changed his life!

Manger?
Swaddling cloths?
Strange Sign…

World changed!!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.daviddendy.com