Common Sense REBORN Devotion

December 5

And that is how Theology started.  People already knew about God in a vague way.  Then came a man who claimed to be God; and yet He was not the sort of man you could dismiss as a lunatic.  He made them believe Him.  They met Him again after they had seen Him killed.  And then, after they had been formed into a little society or community, they found God somehow inside them as well:  directing them, making them able to do things they could not do before.  And when they worked it all out they found they had arrived at the Christian definition of the three-personal God.  (C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity” pg 163)

Happy Monday friends!  Well we made it here again, another December!  I love this time of year, not for Santa or for getting gifts.  Not for Grinches and holiday cookies.  Not for parties or merry gatherings.  I love this time of year because this is the one month every year when we as Christians get the opportunity to remind the world of the true meaning of Christmas.  This is that time of the year to remind the world of the Miracle in the Manger.  To remind the world how God so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son into the world as a precious baby boy.  I got to kick off the weekend of sharing my favorite story of the Bible with the wonderful kiddos in Kids Ministry yesterday and it was a very rewarding and humbling experience.

We kicked off the month in epic fashion by attending our home church’s wonderful Christmas story brought to life.  We have been members of Compassion Christian Church for seven years total, and this was our first time experiencing The Journey.  Granted, this was the first year they had put on their elaborate production thanks to COVID forcing the church to cancel their 2020 experience.  And since it is every other year, the church held off in 2021 to return to their normal timeline this month.  It was well worth the wait.  I have not been to many elaborate, walk-through productions of the Nativity Story, but this was by far the best I have yet experienced.  If you are in the coastal area of southeast Georgia, it is worth the travel time, to travel back in time and catch of glimpse of what it could have been like in the time of Jesus’ birth: from the belittling treatment by the Roman Centurions to the excitement of Bethlehem at the time of Caesar’s Census.

I know most of you will not be able to make it to the Savannah area, so I won’t brag too much about how beautiful the city is this time of year.  Instead, I’ll just keep sharing all the amazing Christmas music we are discovering right now.  I’m not going to do a big countdown like last year.  I just want to focus on some of the new holiday tracks released over the last few months.  One of my favorites is the short album by Christian newcomer, Anne Wilson.  Ms. Wilson took the world by storm with her debut single, “My Jesus”, and this Christmas album has several new melodies that will be long-time classics, including the one below with the deep vocals of Josh Turner. Click the video below and have a blessed Christmas season!

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