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  • I love the Christmas season filled with many special events and productions going on like the ones we will be having at Cornerstone this month. We will be having our youth Christmas musical during the worship service on Sunday, December 15. The youth of our church have been diligently working on getting ready for this program, which is the Christian version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” We will also be having our Christmas Eve candlelight service on Tuesday, December 24 at 9:00 PM.

    The thing I really look forward to the most during the holiday season is spending quality time with family and friends, especially when you don’t get a chance to see them very often. Jesus was born into a family. In Matthew 1:18-25 it says, “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.” Jesus had earthly parents, but of course, God, His heavenly Father, sent Jesus to us in the form of a dependent baby who grew up to be a man. (See John 3:16). Jesus was God’s One and Only Son.

    Even though Jesus was God’s One and Only Son God has chosen to adopt those who follow and believe in Him into His family. In Galatians 3:26-28 it tells us, “For you are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” I am so thankful to have many brothers and sisters in Christ here at Cornerstone Christian Church, and elsewhere. It makes me feel proud to know that I am a part of Christ’s family here on the earth. I am also thankful to realize that God is my heavenly Father. As we spend time with our family and friends this holiday season let’s give thanks to God for calling us His children. He has adopted us into His family.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

    Youth Man Matt

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