Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Gift at Christmastime

As I look at this view from our terrace, I often think of Psalm 125:2 “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.”

The Gift at Christmastime

As we live in a place where we often encounter many different religions including African Traditional Religion, and Islam, I often find myself considering the difference between religion and relationship, and I am thankful that we have the awesome privilege of knowing God and having a personal relationship with Him through the precious gift of His Son our Savior. Christmastime is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of this gift and to be encouraged to strive each day to get to know Him better by spending time with Him. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” Isaiah 9:6a.

In the book Keep a Quiet Heart, Elizabeth Elliot says, “For it is He --not His gifts, not His power, not what He can do for us, but He Himself --who comes and makes Himself know to us.” (p. 77)

Matthew 1:23; “’The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ –which means ‘God with us.’”

-Please pray that our friends will understand about a personal relationship with Jesus.

-Pray as Mina Nevisa instructs in her book, Miracle of Miracles, “Ask God the Father to reveal Jesus to [them] through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (p. 220)

-Please pray for our coworkers who are experiencing spiritual warfare.

-Please pray for Joel’s cousin, Scott, a young man who is battling cancer.

-Please pray for Joel’s parents as they travel to visit us here in Spain for the beginning of the new year and Three Kings Day.

-Please pray for Megan, Cade, and Dylan as they prepare to participate in Spanish in our Christmas program at our church in Almeria.

Megan is the angel and the boys are shepherds this year in the Christmas program.

Merry Christmas, Love,

the Whitleys

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