McDowell Technical Community College

Evergreen Church

Reminder for the season

By John McCoury

Roan Mountain, Tennessee

As we are getting ready for Christmas, we as Consumers get quite a bit of help from private and public agencies that report to the public on the quality of merchandise, the comparative value of products offered, how to get the most for one’s money, what scrupulous practices to be aware of, and the like. With this information, the consumers can be more discriminating. Since God is ultimately the giver of all gifts, we are not so much consumers of humanity’s goods as we are of God’s, for He richly furnishes everything to enjoy. He blessed us with one after the other of his riches in the Holy Scripture. In Deuteronomy 28-3 to 8 Moses writes of how God would bless in the city, in their field, of the fruits of the ground and the increase of cattle, of the fullness of their basket and even of their storehouses— All are God’s gifts. We need to be reminded of that often. In the city of Lystra, when St. Paul healed a crippled man and was about to be revered as a god, the apostle turned the thoughts of the peoples to the living God who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy” (Acts 14:15, 17). We are consumers also of spiritual blessings, of which St. Paul speaks eloquently in the opening verses of his letter to the Ephesians 1-3” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Thank the Lord for all His blessings we have received. Here is something to REMEMEBER for the season

I    Thou shalt not leave “Christ” out of Christmas, making

it “Xmas.”  To some, “X” is unknown.

  1. Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas.  Spend not so

much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.

III.  Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus

robbing the day of its spiritual reality.

  1. Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and

the merchant with complaints and demands.

  1. Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift.  This will

increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth

it shall treasure it forever.

  1. Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost.  Even

the least expensive may signify love, and that is more

priceless than silver and gold.

VII.  Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings

with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are

generous.

VIII. Thou shalt not neglect thy church.  Its services

highlight the true meaning of the season.

  1. Thou shalt be as a little child.  Not until thou has

become in spirit as a little one art thou ready to enter

into the kingdom of Heaven.

  1. Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ.  Let Him be at the

top of thy Christmas list.

 

Been in ministry over thirty years currently pastor Evergreen church in Roan Mountain Tennessee and also Chaplain at The Waters of Roan Highlands Nursing Center 423-957-6111