Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:
Luke 2:6-7 (NLT)
6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
Those of you who have been with us for our morning worship services know that I have been preaching a Christmas series based on Max Lucado’s book Because of Bethlehem. This is an expert from that book that talks about the fact that it is never too late. “I was called to the bedside of a dying man a few days back, an eighty-year-old scoundrel. Yes, a scoundrel! He spent the final decade of his life with time on his hands, money at his disposal, and women on his mind. His exploits would have made Hugh Hefner blush. But as his health began to fail, his conscience began to stir. When the doctor told him to get his affairs in order, he called me. He wanted to get right with God. He made a deathbed confession of faith. Might I make a confession of my own? I left the hospital room with a scroogy scowl. That’s too easy, I thought. A guy like him deserves to be routed through purgatory on the way to paradise. But God didn’t tell me to screen the applicants, just to teach them. And according to God’s great grace, if my scoundrel friend’s confession was sincere, he is walking the same heavenly streets as Paul and Peter and King David. Each a scoundrel in his own right. It’s never too late to come to Christ for help. Your stack of sins is never too high. Your list of failures is never too long. That knock at the door of your heart? That’s Jesus. It’s one thing to miss a message from your spouse but to miss a message from God? That’s a mistake you don’t want to make. All you have to do is open the door” (Max Lucado. “Because of Bethlehem.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/546E_.lExcerpt From: Max Lucado. “Because of Bethlehem (with Bonus Content).” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/546E_.l). Marry Christmas!