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When God Draws Near: The Plan for Redemption

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Christmas is a special time for most people. It’s a time to feel the love and generosity, not only in the giving, but also in receiving it. Why is this? God set His love abroad in the hearts of all men, everywhere to prepare a place for Himself through His Son called Jesus. Christmas is all about Jesus and that love from God. When we speak of ‘Peace, and Goodwill toward men’, this is exactly what it’s all about. I pray that you will find this true Christmas peace and goodwill in your heart and give thanks to the Lord for the ultimate love He gave to you. This is my wish for everyone this Christmas.
God bless,


Reflecting on His Grace with Gratitude (pt. 2)

When God Draws Near: The Plan for Redemption

Redeemed. Bought back. In the busy-ness and business of this mad dash toward Christmas, we easily lose sight of the promise of redemption woven deep into the manger and stable. Caught up in the messiness of our lives, the promise of something better than rules, SOMEONE called Redeemer, can get lost in the piles of gift lists and menus and more events than time.

But there it is, this plan sprinkled throughout Scripture, this hope of something more, this promise of a love that redeems all things, all people, for all time.

In Isaiah 9, we read:
The people who walk in darkness will see a great Light…For a Child is born to us, a Son is given to us…And he will be called: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:2, 6 NLT

There it is, thousands of years before a census was decreed. Generations before a teenage girl encountered the messenger of God. Long before a couple found travelers’ rest in a barn. The promise appears. And throughout Scripture it is repeated, the hope of our redemption.

From the Word speaking creation to the Word-Made-Flesh, redemption has always been God’s plan. As we get closer and closer to the season of celebrating Christ’s birth, I invite you to join me in slowing down and treasuring the season when God drew near in a whole new way.

Our God is not a faraway God, a character in a fairy tale. He sees our needs and He meets them. From clothing the lilies to healing the sick, He is not detached from our physical needs.

As much as He delights in meeting each need of our flesh, He is far more generous in meeting the needs of our spirit.

He draws near in the midst of our great need.
He draws near with the whispered truth of His love.
He draws near with the hope-filled promise of our redemption.
When God draws near, He meets our greatest need: redemption.

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