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Day 2 – “The Gift That Keeps on Giving”

When I was about 6 or 7 years old, I vividly remember riding home from my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve asking my parents to completely change my Christmas list. My parents wouldn’t budge. They said I had reached the point of no return, that “Santa” was already on his way and had his sleigh loaded. I remember being disappointed because my cousin asked for a remote control race car and I hadn’t even thought about one of those. I really just wanted everything he had just received.

This Christmas, what are you asking to receive? I’m not talking about gifts under a tree that will soon break and wear out. I’m talking about Jesus’ love, joy, and peace in your heart and mind that won’t soon fade away. Jesus’ gift of salvation isn’t one you’ll want to return and it will never disappoint. The Christmas song “Joy to the World” says those on earth should receive their King (Jesus) by preparing room for Him in their hearts. 1 Timothy 1:15-16 says, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ came in to the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” Jesus came to be our Savior, not some seasonal display on a coffee table or mantle. He’s not an excuse to exchange presents. He’s the King of Kings to be worshipped. The merciful Messiah wants a relationship with you!

Question: Have you prepared your heart to receive Jesus? Have you received eternal life by believing in Him?

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Stephen and his wife Haley have called Arkansas home all of their lives. Stephen has served in several ministry roles over the last 25 years and as a lead pastor for the last 8 years. Stephen attended Williams Baptist College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA, MDiv, and DMin in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. When not pastoring, Stephen enjoys running, cycling, reading, writing, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.

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