Merry Christmas!

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:9-11 (NIV)

Merry Christmas!

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The Sunday Message – Merry Christmas!

We have much to be thankful for this Christmas. We are truly blessed!

Please take a moment to say a prayer for those away from their loved ones this Christmas protecting our freedom. Please say a prayer for their families back home, too.

Here’s a short video that tells the real meaning of Christmas:

Thank you for reading The Western Word this past year! May God bless you and your family this Christmas!

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The Sunday Message

We did it – we made it through another Thanksgiving. Congratulations!

Now comes the hard part for me – the Christmas season.

I posted the following column a few years ago, and I thought it was still significant to repost today.

It’s that time of year when life gets a little crazy for some and most of our thoughts turn to family, gifts, and starting the New Year off new.

If you’ve read “The Sunday Message” much, you’ve seen me write about being depressed during the holidays.

To fight my depressed state of mind during the holidays, I try to go walk in the mall a few times between Thanksgiving and Christmas to hear the sounds and see the sights of Christmas. My family also goes for an annual drive around town to look at Christmas lights, after we’ve attended a Christmas Eve service at church. These things help cheer me up.

I also pray a lot.

I pray for those who won’t be with their families over the holidays. I pray for those who have lost loved ones during the past year and this will be their first Christmas without them.

Let’s all remember and pray for those who are less fortunate and those who are suffering over the holidays.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

 

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The Sunday Message

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,
You’ll ever be unchanging!
A symbol of goodwill and love
You’ll ever be unchanging

Each shining light
Each silver bell
No one alive spreads cheer so well

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,
You’ll ever be unchanging

– O Christmas Tree Lyrics | MetroLyrics

When my children were younger we would plan on heading into the Lewis and Clark National Forest with some friends around the first weekend in December to find the perfect Christmas tree. We would buy a tag from the Forest Service, load up the SUV, and head for the wilderness.

We would also bring plenty of food. We’d start a fire and enjoy the fresh air. We would spend the day in search of the perfect tree. I don’t know if we ever found it, but the kids had a blast playing in the snow that was sometimes very deep. They were normally worn out and sleeping before we made it back to the highway to head home with a tree strapped to the top of the vehicle.

Some years the “hunt” went smoothly; others years it was more of an adventure. We would always bring a tow rope and once or twice we got stuck, but it still counted as a great time!

The Great Falls Tribune has a story posted on their website about finding the perfect tree. Check it out HERE.

If you live near a place where you can “hunt” for your own Christmas tree, do it. The memories will last forever.

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The Sunday Message

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”

― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, but before they married, she learned she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a good man, he did not want to disgrace her in public, so he planned to divorce her secretly.
20 While Joseph thought about these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this happened to bring about what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the Lord’s angel had told him to do. Joseph took Mary as his wife, 25 but he did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to the son. And Joseph named him Jesus.  –Matthew 1:18-25 (NCV)

Merry Christmas!

 

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The Sunday Message

Matthew 1:18-25 (NCV)

 
The Birth of Jesus Christ

18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, but before they married, she learned she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a good man, he did not want to disgrace her in public, so he planned to divorce her secretly.
20 While Joseph thought about these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this happened to bring about what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the Lord’s angel had told him to do. Joseph took Mary as his wife, 25 but he did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to the son. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Merry Christmas!

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