December is the SEASON for celebrations and holidays! There is a sense of joy & gladness because of Christmas and the New Year.
Families go for vacation. Staff plan parties. Malls are beautifully decorated. Homes are set up for Christmas dinners. It seems that no matter what, we should be happy and celebrate. (Of course there are people who are lonely and sad during this time.)
"Joy is the serious business of heaven." (CS Lewis) As God's people, we should rejoice and be joyful. The words, "joy" and "rejoice" are mentioned more than 330 times in the Bible. Jesus told His followers, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." John 15:11
Fellow Christians, REJOICE! Share the Joy of the Season. Spread the Joy of Christmas. We have the abundant life that Jesus gives. God has blessed us in many ways - physical, material, emotional, mental and spiritual - we are BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE!
I encourage you: Count your blessings. Cultivate gratefulness. Practice thanksgiving. Praise God. Focus on God. Look upward. Reach outward. Put a smile on your face. As the Bible says, "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:15-17
Our church has more reasons to be thankful, joyful & to celebrate: 2017 is EL'S GOLDEN JUBILEE! We have planned for a year of thanksgiving, rejoicing, sharing & celebrating. We want the world to KNOW THE LROD and to see that WE ARE GOD'S BLESSED PEOPLE.
The Jubiliee Combined Service on 1 January 2017 will be the first of the EL50 Celebrations. Wear the limited edition EL50 T-shirt. Let's come together as ONE CHURCH to worship and honour the Lord. We declare aloud, "The LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100:5
- Bob Lum