Day 348

Today’s Reading – Acts 26-28

My message was that they should change their hearts and lives and turn to God, and that they should demonstrate this change in their behavior.

Acts 26:20b CEB

As Christmas approaches, it is easy to get caught up in the season.

In the past Easter was the celebration that was the high point on the Christian Calendar, but Christmas is the holiday that gets must of the attention now within the church.

I often wonder why?

I think it is because God is an infant at this time of the year and as a baby, God doesn’t seem so demanding or unapproachable. Come Easter there is the sacrifice thing and the whole repentance stuff as well.

The reality is that the Jesus of Christmas and the Jesus of Easter are one in the same. Jesus doesn’t change.

That’s why I like the consistent message of Paul, “If you say you have faith then live it!”

This Christmas don’t just claim the arrival of God.

Don’t just celebrate the promise of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

Live them. Be them.

Be Hope!

Be Peace!

Be Joy!

Be Love!


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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