Personal Preparation (1 of 4) by Stephen Whitney

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Personal Preparation (1 of 4)
Series: Experiencing Advent
Stephen Whitney
Luke 1:76-79

A lady had a circle of friends for whom she really wanted to buy Christmas presents. Time slipped away and it was so busy at work for her she just wasn't able to get to the store to purchase the gifts. Time was running out. So not too many days before Christmas she decided to give up on the gift idea and just buy everybody the same beautiful Christmas card.

She went to the local gift store and hurriedly went through the now picked over stack of cards and found a box of fifty, just exactly what she wanted. She didn't take time to read the message, she just noticed a beautiful cover on it and there was gold around it and a floral appearance on the front of the card and she thought, That's perfect. So she signed all of them, ''With all my love.''

As New Year's came and she had time to go back and look at two or three cards she didn't send from the stack, she was shocked to read the message inside. The message was in a little rhyme, ''This Christmas card is just to say, a little gift is on its way.''

I don't know what this woman did to correct her mistake because she had made a promise she didn't even realize. It would be hard to find a gracious way out of her innocent mistake.

Christmas is about receiving the greatest gift ever given - salvation from our sins and eternal life through Jesus Christ our Savior.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Messenger of God :76

Zechariah praises God for preparing people to receive salvation. John the Baptist came to spiritually prepare us to receive God's great gift of salvation. The gift was coming, but people needed to be spiritually ready to receive it because they are lost in their sins.

FORGIVENESS OF SINS :77-78

Salvation of God :77
Salvation means deliverance from something which controls you. ...


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