The Heart of the Gospel

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke‬ ‭2:1-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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Stop and ask yourself, where would we be today without this child? Lost and without purpose !!! The Son Of God, born in a barn, slept in a manger of hay, our Savior, our Redeemer, the one that would wipe our slate clean with His blood. Our chance to start a new life a new beginning. Jesus was born to walk this world for a reason, you and me. If you haven’t already, give your heart and your life to God. It won’t make life easier but you will have a friend by your side every step of the way.

Merry Christmas.

Chaplain Howie

Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner and that I have messed things up. I acknowledge that I cannot do this on my own, I need you in my heart and by my side. I believe that Jesus was born into this world and was tempted just like me and because of that sinless nature the he was beaten and tortured and hung on a tree. Lord I also believe that he was raised from the dead on the third day to prove your power over sin and death. Lord I ask that you fill me with the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct my action and my words and that they may bring glory to your name. Amen.

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