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Becoming a Child at Christmas

Confession time:  Last year I did not put up a Christmas Tree.

What?  No Christmas Tree?  Yeah, no Christmas Tree.  I know you’re shocked, but with adult children, the magic of Christmas faded a little bit.  Shame on me.

This year is going to be different.

Jesus said in Matthew 8:3, “Unless you become like a little child you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.”  I don’t think Jesus was telling us that we need to be childish.  There’s a difference between childish and childlike.  Childish emphasizes some of the negative qualities of childhood. Childlike emphasizes some of the positive qualities of childhood.

The more we know of God, the simpler and more childlike will be our faith.
– J. G. Machen.

When God came into this world, He came as a child.  Yet when He grew into a man He did not lose the positive characteristics of childlike behavior.

Some of the positive qualities of becoming childlike:

  1. Wonder
  2. Excitement
  3. Imagination
  4. Innocence
  5. Accepting of Others
  6. Faith/Trust
  7. Giving and Generosity

I love the movie “Big,” staring Tom Hanks.  The movie is about a 12- year old boy (Josh Baskin) who made a wish to grow up and overnight turned into a 30-year old man.   So here is this 12- year old boy in a 30- year old body.  It’s a comedy and yet one of the beautiful things about the movie is how this boy in an adult body helps all the adults around him recapture their childhood sense of wonder.

In a sense (and it’s a stretch…) that’s sort of what Jesus did in becoming a man.  He helped all those around him not only get a glimpse of what childlike faith looks like, but also what God looks like.  In fact, on one occasion He told His disciples, “You’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.”

So, this Christmas let us all try to be a little more intentional about seeing Christmas through the eyes of a Child lest we MISS something significant.

O Come Let Us Adore Him!

Pastor Bill



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You are cordially invited to A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Jesus InvitationGuest of Honor: Jesus

Date: Every day.  Traditionally, Dec 25 but He’s always around, so the date is flexible….

Time: Whenever you’re ready. (Please don’t be late or you’ll miss out on all the fun!)

Place: In your heart…. He’ll meet you there. (You’ll hear Him knock.)

Attire: Come as you are… grubbies are okay. He’ll be washing our clothes anyway. He said something about new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays till the last.

Tickets: Admission is free. He’s already paid for everyone… (He says you wouldn’t have been able to afford it anyway… it cost Him everything He had. But you do need to accept the ticket!!

Refreshments: New wine, bread, and a far-out drink He calls “Living Water,” followed by a supper that promises to be out of this world!

Gift Suggestions: ; Your life. He’s one of those people who already has everything else. (He’s very generous in return though. Just wait until you see what He has for you!)

Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth, Light, Life, Love, Real Happiness, Communion with God, Forgiveness, Miracles, Healing, Power, Eternity in Paradise, Contentment, and much more! (All “G” rated, so bring your family and friends.)

R.S.V.P. Very Important! He must know ahead so He can reserve a spot for you at the table. Also, He’s keeping a list of His friends for future reference. He calls it the “Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Party being given by His Kids (that’s us!!)! Hope to see you there! For those of you whom I will see at the party, share this with someone today!

–Author unknown.

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When God Came Near

Max Lucado wrote a book some time ago entitled “When God Came Near” that highlights what Christmas is all about. I think Lucado picked the perfect title because that’s what Christmas is really all about—GOD COMING NEAR! He came to earth as a human being so we could—among other things—know Him!

At the birth of Jesus, everything about God suddenly became seeable, touchable, and knowable. Jesus Christ is not only our idea of what God is like, He’s also God’s idea of what man was created to be like. He is FULLY God and FULLY man. He’s not some impersonal force.

Think about how God made his entrance onto this planet as a Human Being. He could’ve come in all of His glory, but who among us would be able to stand? Instead, He came into this world the same way we do, through a birth canal. He comes to us in human flesh because if He came in all His power and glory, we would be forced to follow Him because of the magnitude of that sheer power and glory. God doesn’t want us to follow Him because of His power. He wants us to follow Him because of His love.

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Stegemueller’s at Santa’s Workshop

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Interesting Perspective…

The facts of the Christmas Story are not 100% accurate in the “Digital Story of the Nativity,” but this clip is very entertaining…

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Christmas Day Potluck

This Christmas Medina UMC will open it’s doors to the community for a Christmas Day Potluck!

We’ve done this in the past and it’s been a BLAST! If you don’t have plans or would like to join us let me know. The more the MERRIER!

We will be providing the Turkey and Dressing… YOU bring your favorite holiday dish to share. You might also want to bring the recipe to share.

PLACE: Medina United Methodist Church
TIME: Saturday, December 25th at 2:00 PM

… and just to make it SIMPLER, you can RSVP (not required, but appreciated) and sign up for something to bring by clicking on the BELLS below.

(Click it… it’s TOO COOL!)

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Feliz Navidad from the STEGEMUELLER FAMILY!





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