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Deity was invested in Humanity...empowering us to live lives that are Extraordinary. All of this came about because of God's great Generosity!
The tradition of Santa Claus goes back to Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, Turkey in the fourth century. Little is known about his life except that he entrusted his life to Jesus at an early age, and that after his parents died he gave all of his inheritance to the poor. While serving as Bishop he learned of three young girls who were going to be sold into slavery by their father. Deeply moved, St. Nick used the church’s wealth to buy the young girls’ freedom. Today we describe sacrificial gifts that cost us deeply as showing the true Christmas Spirit. This we see in the story of Old St. Nick, but remember that Bishop Nicholas was moved first by the true Spirit of Christmas, Jesus of Nazareth.
In order to "do justice" we must be generous. Generous justice is the natural overflow of the gospel.
Chris Seay applies 2 Corinthians 9 by challenging us to be generous to those in need.
This weekend brings us to the end of our series in the book of Philippians. It has been an amazing journey where we have discovered the power of Paul’s partnership with God and the church; how the prison cells and chains of our lives can serve the cause of Christ; the need to live a humble life and not allow ourselves to become full of pride and arrogance; and the truth that God calls us to a life of joy and perseverance.
We've been celebrating the day freedom came into the world by putting ourselves and our children in bondage. It's time for a change.
Being spiritual does not mean we have to be impractical. I suspect too many of us hold to a false dichotomy between spiritual and practical. As long as we think in these exclusive categories we feel forced to make a sucker’s choice. I can either be spiritual and devoted to Jesus or I can be practical, but I can not be both.