Pastor’s Pondering: September 2018

by John Armstrong
 
It is the start of a new school year; summer vacations are over and people are shifting back into
the regular routines of life. Unless you are a teacher or a young person of school age, Summer
doesn’t mean much in terms of a different routine. Things just continue on as they do all year-
round. I do hope you’ve had some time to relax and recreate during the summer months, but I
understand if you find yourself at this part of the year just keeping on keeping on.
If you find yourself in that place of trying hard to keep on keeping on, I hope you paid attention
to the sermon series on the Psalms this summer. We covered the first twelve psalms and as
Ralph Davis so aptly puts it, these first twelve are all about “the way of the righteous in the
muck of life.” As we begin our new school year and gear back up with Bible studies, new
Sunday school topics, and small groups we want to keep the focus on faithfully continuing in
the way of the gospel. We call that discipleship. It is following Jesus in the everyday rhythms of
life.
That is where we live day in day out, from season to season, and year to year. As we move
through our lives we need to remain intentional about our discipleship or we will have the
tendency to coast. Coasting is never good in the Christian life. Apathy and sin grows well in an
environment of coasting along. Therefore, we pray that God will guard us from an attitude of
coasting. Shift the metaphor to running a race. Paul speaks of this in 1Corinthians 9:24 Do you
not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you
may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a
perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one
beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to
others I myself should be disqualified.
An athlete must be intentional about training and preparation so when they run, they can do so
to their best ability. Paul is telling us to live our lives in Christ in the same way that an athlete in
training lives their life. We must live with intentionality and drive to excel, we must be
disciplined in our discipleship. Discipleship is all about discipline, it is taking up our cross and
following Jesus. As we begin another school year, how are you taking up your cross and
following Jesus? How are you dying to yourself so that Christ may be formed in you? What is
your desire on this matter? Do you want to be left alone or do you want to grow in grace?
How you answer that question will give you a good idea of where you are in your race. If you
want to talk more about these things, please give me a call.


Pastor’s Pondering: August 2018

by John Armstrong
 

Colombia, is a long way from here. Why go there?  Let’s look at the realities.  We are a small congregation in a relatively small and insignificant town in America. We don’t have lots of money; in fact, our church is behind in its giving for the year.  That is not unusual for churches this time of year.  However, it is significant enough for us to take notice and to watch our finances carefully.  Why spend money to send people on mission trips to places we may never see to minister to people we may never meet?  The answer is because we are commanded to take the Gospel out and share this Good News in Frederick, in Maryland, in the Mid-Atlantic, and even to the uttermost parts of the world.  It is our desire to participate in fulfilling Christ’s command to do just that.

 

In the years, we have been working in South America, the Lord has seen fit to open doors for us to minister through encouraging greater discipleship and equipping leaders.   As a congregation that is where we have seen our greatest impact and fruitfulness.  I hope you are all aware that we hosted a women’s conference in Cali, Colombia.  We are not aware of any other such Reformed and Presbyterian conference in South America.  What you might not know is that this event rivals just about anything our denomination does here in the United States.  I think it is very important for you as a member of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church to understand what is happening here.  Yes, we are a small church, but we are a small church that is seeking to serve the Lord and we are trusting Him to bring forth the increase.  By God’s grace we are hosting this second “Transformada” women’s conference that will serve some 230 women from across Colombia and several other countries as well.  They are being trained and challenged to grow in their own relationships and discipleship. They are going back to their churches where they will be better equipped to encourage their church leaders and to take leadership roles within the ministries of those churches. 

 

The Gospel is going forth for the changing of lives as we help to equip women in Colombia, that in turn will have ripple effects not only in their churches and families but to their friends and co-workers.  The Gospel will advance through what the Lord is doing in and through the efforts of this little church in Frederick, MD.

 

So, what?  I want you to see that we serve a great God who delights to do great things with the small and insignificant.  In Christ, we are not insignificant and our size does not matter. This is all about what God is doing. The question is, will we be faithful to continue to go where God is leading us?  Will we pray expectantly for God to do great things in and through us? The work in Colombia and the work in Paraguay are significant parts of what we do as a church.  There are lots of other opportunities we have to share the Gospel and to follow the Lord in what He is doing.  I challenge you to find that place where He would have you join the church in its work and go be fruitful there.


Pastor’s Pondering: July 2018

by John Armstrong
 
I’m a hater. Is being someone who hates a bad thing? It depends on what you hate. If you
hate sin, then we would say that is a godly trait, because God is often spoken of in Scriptures as
hating sin and evil. The commanded of Amos 5:15 is, “Hate sin and love good…” So, yes, it is a
good thing if you hate evil things. That said, people created in the image of God are not evil,
they may act in evil ways, but they also bear God’s image, therefore they are not appropriate
objects of our hatred. Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and so we have
no right to pass judgment on others who are sinners like us.
So, I have to confess that I am a hater. There have been times in my life and places where I
have hated people. I still struggle to love people with the love of Christ. I still have to stamp
out the little flames of hate that tend to pop up more often than I would like to admit. Now, let
me make something very plain for all the world. If I teach something from God’s Word that is
contrary to your belief, your actions, how you feel, or how you think, that does not make me a
hater. If I disagree with you, that does not mean that I hate you. In fact, the opposite is often
the case. If I’m willing to risk you being upset because I’ve spoken the truth to you, then that in
fact is an act of love. I know that doesn’t feel loving, but our feelings can often be misleading.
Our feelings serve us best when they are clearly informed by right thinking. So, speaking the
truth to someone (the really hard part is doing it in love) is a loving thing to do. It seems
counter-intuitive especially if someone is speaking to you in order to bring correction or rebuke.
If that correction or rebuke leads me to right relationship with the Lord, then that act of
correction is wonderfully loving.
In our day and age, it has become very popular to label anyone who disagrees with the cultural
zeitgeist (popular beliefs) as a hater. You hear the immediate retorts of racist, bigot,
homophobe, extremist, and on and on it goes. Going against culturally accepted ideas will get
you labeled in a heartbeat these days. That is all designed to embarrass and shame you into
submission. It is a cheap and cowardly tactic that is used by the weak and lazy. I am not
denying that there are those out there who are haters and that their hating is sinful. My hating
certainly is and I am willing to face it and deal with it when it is brought to my attention. I do
not think you hate me if you can sincerely and lovingly point to sin in my life. I do not like it, but
I appreciate someone loving me enough to engage me in such a way as to be a tool in the hands
of the Holy Spirit for my sanctification. As God gives you opportunity, be that ready tool in the
hands of the Lord for the good of your brothers and sisters in Christ. When it comes to those
outside the faith, do not be surprised that unbelievers act like unbelievers. They need your love
and understanding, and by God’s grace a door maybe opened to share the love of Christ with
them so that they too come to know the Good News of Christ.


Pastor’s Ponderings: June 2018

by John Armstrong
 
I am reminded how important it is to get the gospel right or you end up with no gospel at all. A
stunted gospel or a half-gospel is not the gospel. So, what is the gospel? That question is of
ultimate importance to all of us. Many speak of the gospel and you will find many who will
define it much differently from what the Bible lays out. Paul addresses those that would preach
another gospel in Galatians 1 saying in verse 6-8, I am astonished that you are so quickly
deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7
not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the
gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel
contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
There are those who do not preach Christ in His fullness. They want to change this or that
about him, saying the virgin birth isn’t important or the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the
dead is not what really matters. They will place the emphasis on the love of Jesus and the
example He set and say we should love like He did and follow His example. What they are
saying is true to an extent, we should love as He loved and follow Him in His example, these
things we are commanded to do in Scripture, however there is a lot more to Jesus than Him
loving people and setting us an example. People who preach only what they want to about
Jesus and call it the gospel should, as Paul says, “be accursed.” Don’t miss the weight of what
he is saying. He is saying they should be condemned to hell. This is an eternal life and death
matter. Therefore, it is of the utmost important to us whether or not we recognize it as such.
We need the whole gospel, we need the whole Christ, there is no place for cherry picking Jesus.
If you are going to have the gospel, then you are going to have all of Jesus. Man, is a sinner,
spiritually dead in trespasses and sin, totally incapable of any good work. Therefore, he is born
condemned, man is without hope in himself, there is nothing he can do to be saved from this
place of sin and misery. That is the bad news, remember the Good News (the gospel) always
begins with the bad news. The Good News is that God has not left man without hope, He has
provided for man’s need. God sent His one and only Son to live a perfect life and die a perfect
atoning death on the cross for us, He has been raised to life and now sits at the right hand of
the Father in glory. Through His death on the cross Jesus not only pays the penalty of our sin,
He purchases a place for us to live with Him forever. This gift from God we receive by faith,
there is nothing we can do to earn or deserve it. It is the Holy Spirit of God that creates faith in
us and gives us a new heart that will exercise that faith and receive Christ as He is freely offered
to us in the Bible. Our justification (salvation) is a gift of grace to us from God. Once we are
saved, then the Holy Spirit continues to work in us to bring us to sanctification (being made
more and more like Jesus). The gospel doesn’t leave us unchanged, it kills the old man and
raises up a new man within us that has a love and desire for God. My question is if someone
were to ask you, “what is the gospel?” How would you respond? Can you give a clear, concise,
and God pleasing answer? We need to ask, “do I have a biblical understanding of the gospel?”
We need to know that we know and then share this precious gift with those around us.


Pastor’s Ponderings: May 2018

by John Armstrong

I do not think anyone would take me for a germaphobe by any stretch of the imagination. However, I do try to be somewhat hygienic in my practices. I always wash my hands after handling raw meat. I try to be mindful of cross-contamination in food preparation. I will do my best to avoid shaking hands with people at church if I have a cold, etc. and that includes using hand sanitizer a lot during cold and flu season not only to protect you, but also to try to protect myself. No matter what reasonable steps I take, it seems that at least once a year or so I get a cold. Someone out there is contagious and has passed their germs on to me. I have no doubt that I have done the same thing to some of you. Disease spreads as one person contracts the illness and then passes it along to another through any number of means. What do you normally do when you greet someone who says they are contagious? Usually that conversation does not last very long because people want to avoid getting sick and so they do not hang around sick people.

Now, consider for a moment that you were contagious, but that you had something that was good that not only could be shared, but also should be shared. That does not seem to fit the mold of how we normally think, but it is in fact a present reality. Clear your mind of all thoughts of disease and consider the concept of a contagious Christianity. If you are a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are living in a condition that both can and in fact should be shared. Becoming a Contagious Christian, is a book seeking to encourage believers to share their faith. The Session and Diaconate are currently reading through and discussing this book. We are looking at ways that we can become a more winsome and loving church as we share the gospel with those in our spheres of influence. Now, I want you to notice that I said, “the church” and I want to define what I mean. We are the church, you and I together. The church is a body of believers made up of individual Christians that have been brought together as a local body. The Bible very clearly states that God has commanded His church to go and make disciples. That means sharing our faith with other people who do not know Jesus yet. How do we do that well? How do we go about becoming contagious Christians? It starts with loving the Lord Jesus Christ. As you grow in your knowledge and love of Jesus, your desire to share your relationship with Him will come more and more naturally. It will become a natural outgrowth of who you are as a follower of Jesus. When you love someone, telling others about them is important to you and you become intentional about it. Your Session is getting intentional about this and we hope to lead the church in a more contagious Christianity.



Pastor’s Ponderings: April 2018

by John Armstrong

Last month, I mentioned the old adage, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”
That may trigger in your memory the corollary, “April showers bring May flowers.” Indeed, the
gentle spring rains that we enjoy do bring forth an abundance of flowers and the trees bursting
forth with their blossoms followed by beautiful greenery. It is the time of year when we enjoy
seeing the cold dead of winter give way to the vibrant life of spring. Last month, I made the
connection between Christ who is both the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lamb who was
slain that we see in Revelation 5. This month we begin with the celebration of the resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. There is no more important event in history than Jesus’
death and resurrection. The resurrection marks the victory of Jesus over death, Hell, and the
grave. It is serves as the ultimate validation of the Father on the ministry of the Son. In light of
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, we can understand what Paul is saying in
2Corinthians 1:20, For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through
him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
The death and resurrection of Jesus breaks the power of death and brings us life and freedom
to live that life. We were dead in trespasses and sins just like the land of Narnia under curse of
the White Witch when it was always winter, but never Christmas. The land lay dead under the
snow and ice. For those whose faith and trust are in Jesus, there comes a spiritual spring that
will never know the death of winter. That is exciting to know that we live in the time of eternal
life when we live in Christ. Jesus and the blessings that are ours as we are united to Him are
like the rains of spring bringing forth flowers and fruit, plenty and abundance. I encourage you
to join me this month in being an observer of the coming of spring. Come back for a moment to
that old adage, “April showers bring May flowers.” Indeed, let us pray for the Lord to send the
showers of heaven to rain down upon us even as He says in Isaiah 45:8  “Shower, O heavens,
from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation
and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the Lord have
created it. O Lord, work these things in our hearts, bring forth the fruit of salvation and
righteousness in our hearts and in our church. You have called us to be your people and you
have begun a good work in us. Lord, bring your good work in us to completion for your glory.
Make that good work manifest in us, so that, we would bear forth a good witness to Jesus
Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.


Pastor’s Ponderings: March 2018

by John Armstrong

There is an old adage about the weather in March that says, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Well, what do you think? It is weather. Sometimes that is true and sometimes not. For example, the forecast on this 28th day of February calls for rain and high wind for the first three days of March. That seems somewhat lion-like to me. What is important is how I am reminded by the adage …in like a lion and out like a lamb… of our Savior who is both the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lamb.

In the book of Revelation chapter 5 you will find Jesus referred to as both the Lion and the Lamb.

 

Rev. 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

 

Rev. 5:6   And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

12 saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

I can hardly ever get through reading that chapter without tears coming to my eyes. Oh, how I long to be in that multitude participating in the glorious worship in heaven. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain! I want you to think about that as we go through this month together. We will end the month with commemorating the death of Christ, the Lamb who was slain, on Friday,

March 30th. How fitting that indeed the month will go out like a lamb. The Lamb that was slain and whose blood ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and made them a kingdom and priests to our God. Let that soak in for a while. If you want to meditate on something worthy today, and this month, meditate on this.

What are you facing today that will not shrink to insignificance in the presence of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah? He is our God and He has given Himself as a Lamb to the slaughter that our sins would be paid for and our guilt removed and more than that, that we be brought into reconciled relationship with our heavenly Father and be able to come boldly to the throne of grace as dearly loved children. I don’t know what troubles you are facing today, but I can tell you that in light of what is ours in

Christ, you need not fear. Our Savior is a Lamb slain for us, and He is Lion who rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven and is coming again in power to bring His kingdom to its full consummation. I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to sing, that makes me want to fall down in worship before the Lord. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”



Pastor’s Ponderings: February 2018

by John Armstrong

You’ve heard the old cliché that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. That is simply not true,
you can teach an old dog new tricks, it just may take a little more time and patience, but they
can learn. Learning has a lot to do with desire to learn. There has to be a perceived benefit to
learning. I’ve seen people who had no interest in learning, all of a sudden become very
attentive students when they find out they’re going to get something they want from the
learning.
There are people out there that are unteachable. They are unteachable because they don’t
want to learn beyond simply acquiring knowledge. I think it is important to think in terms of
what it means to learn. We think of learning as gaining or acquiring knowledge, but is that all
there is when we are talking about being teachable? As Christians, we need to always be
thinking of how our learning impacts our life as disciples of the Lord Jesus. If we look at it from
the perspective of “the teacher” in Ecclesiastes, learning simply for the sake of acquiring
knowledge is just so much vanity. I know the commandments, but if I don’t do them of what
good are they? None, in fact they serve to condemn me. So, we have to ask ourselves, why are
we learning? To what end are we learning? We start to get somewhere when we see that
learning must serve a purpose to be worthwhile. Here is where I want to change our definition
of what it means to learn. I want us to define learning as acquiring knowledge for the purpose
of changing our practice. In other words, taking what we learn and putting into practice in our
daily lives.
Now, this is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. Taking knowledge and applying it so
that our behavior changes. With regard to the things of the Lord, we are squarely in the realm
of the Holy Spirit’s work. We need the Holy Spirit applying what we’ve learned to make lasting
and true change in our lives. It is a process; we must have the Holy Spirit opening our minds
and our hearts to learn and be changed. We certainly participate in this process, we are not
passive, we must respond by putting what we’ve learned into practice. That can be
uncomfortable, that can challenge our idols, that will mean the status quo of our lives has to
change. Growing is a difficult and often painful process. As Christians, that is what we are
called to, but we praise God that He has not left us alone in the process. He is there, He is
working, it is His power and strength that brings about the change. In all of it, He is faithfully
working out His decree.
My prayer for myself is, Lord make me teachable, change me, grow me in grace that I may
follow Jesus more faithfully. I pray that for you as well. To be unteachable is a sad place to be,
because it is a place of unwillingness to change. It is a place of resistance to the Lord. Give us
teachable hearts, O God!


Pastor’s Ponderings: January 2018

by John Armstrong
 
Howdy, and welcome to 2018! Now, cue music to Mission Impossible: Dun-dun- da-dah, dun-
dun-da- dah, dun-dun- da-dah, dun-dun- da-dah, Dadahda-Dadahda- Dadahda-Da- dum… (of
course you have to provide the timing and tune 🙂 ). I have a mission for you. Actually, Jesus
has a mission for you, you personally and the church corporately. Your mission is to go and
make disciples (Matthew 28:19).
So, what is this going to look like at Faith Church and in your life for 2018? Let me share with you what I’m thinking it will look like. I’ve been praying pretty consistently for several years now for us as a congregation to grow in “depth and breadth.” Depth and breadth is a great preacher hook, it is memorable. By “depth” I mean that we grow in depth as disciples, as individuals growing in grace as we are serving the Lord. The key here is growing deep in our love for Jesus and our becoming more like Him as the Holy Spirit works
sanctification in us. Thus, equipped as individuals and as a church together, we are then capable of and ready for growth in breadth. By “breadth” I mean that we grow in numbers as new disciples are added to the church. I hope you can see the connection between these two.
The more we love Jesus, the more we become like Jesus, the more apt we are to attract those that the Lord is calling to Himself. The Lord will build His church, certainly we must never forget that. However, the Lord will use means to build His church and many times and most times that is by disciples inviting others to meet Jesus and bringing them into the church. That is how
the church grows in breadth.
 
OK, we’ve defined depth and breadth as I have been using them in my prayers. Now, here is
the mission, should you choose to accept it. Should you choose not to accept it? Well, suffice it
to say, that is not a biblical option. We’ll leave it at that. The mission I want you to consider
and ultimately to execute is first, to pray and read your Bible. Get involved in discipleship
opportunities in the church. We begin with asking God to grow us in depth and then putting
ourselves in the way of grace by pursuing the disciplines of grace. So far so good, but here
comes the tricky part. For some of you this will sound easy, for others, it will sound like
climbing Mt. Everest. By God’s grace we pray for growth in breadth (that is not too hard). The
hard part is being the means that God will use to bring people into the church. That means you
will have to make yourself vulnerable and invite someone to come with you. If you are praying
about it, don’t be surprised if someone just kind of falls into place for you to invite. As your
pastor, I’m asking you to set a goal this year of trying to bring at least one person into the
church. What would that look like if we each brought one? Think about it, that is more people
hearing the Gospel, that is more people worshiping and serving the Lord. Let’s pray together in
2018 that the Lord would work mightily through us to grow Faith Church in depth and breadth.


Pastor’s Ponderings: December 2017

by John Armstrong
 
What do you want for Christmas? Some of you are longing for someone to ask that question of
you. As a boy, I always had a ready answer. In fact, I used to make elaborate lists from my
diligent studies of that ancient marvel that came in the mail called the Sears and Roebuck
Christmas Catalog. J.C. Penny put one out too. I consumed them both and had an easy
familiarity with these most treasured publications. As a man, I don’t miss those three-inch-
thick marketing magazines that filled so many hours of my childhood. Today, I dread people
asking me what I want for Christmas. When people ask that question, they are of course
seeking to find out your material desires so they can get you something, either that or they are
making idle small talk because they can’t think of anything else to say.
When I think back to all the Christmases I can remember, there are a couple of gifts that I
remember receiving, but, by and large, the memories are of happy time spent with family.
Now, as a maturing adult, when I think of what I want for Christmas, it is time with family and
friends that I want for myself. My desires have shifted. No longer am I concerned so much
with what I want for me, but what I want for others. I like to think I can call this maturity, not
being focused on me, but rather being focused on others. There are things I want and those
things are usually what I want for others. Those are usually reflected in my prayers. My desires
for others are things like, growth in grace, a deepening knowledge and hunger for Christ, the
satisfaction of using and growing in the use of spiritual gifts. Those are things that last for
eternity. Those are things worth praying for.
So, let’s do a little thought experiment. What is Christmas? If an alien from outer space were
to land in your backyard and ask you what this Christmas thing is all about, what would you
say? I think an outsider would be hard pressed to get any kind of real understanding of what
Christmas is all about by just observing our society. We celebrate Christmas to commemorate
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in His incarnation. He came to save us from our sins and
give us life. How would an outsider come to that understanding by just observing? [You might
take a little tangent here to Romans 10:14-17.] When I stop and think of what Christmas is
really all about, I find myself wanting more of Jesus. I want to be more like Him. I want less of
the trappings and trinkets this world has to offer. What can you give me that will not perish,
spoil, or fade? The things of this world can be really nice and I’m not saying you should
appreciate them and enjoy them appropriately. However, the things of this world can also
become idols and let’s face facts, there is a whole lot of idolatry that goes on this time of year.
Understand this, God will not share His glory with another, He will not tolerate our idolatry. So,
let’s bring this home. Santa Claus ain’t coming to town, and truth be told, if he were, there is
nothing he could give me that I can’t live without. All he has to offer are the things of the world
which perish, spoil, and fade. Therefore, my prayer this year and every year is going to be,
Heavenly Father, give me more of Jesus! At Christmas, we celebrate the first coming of Jesus.
Christ has come! Give me more of Christ, it is the one thing I truly need. You need Him too, so
join me in prayer for yourself and for your loved ones and friends that indeed, this year we will
celebrate the coming of Jesus with more of Jesus. Lord make it so for your glory’s sake, we pray
in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.