Merry Christmas 2016

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Merry Christmas Family & Friends,

 While it’s hard to believe, another year has passed. In a way, I wish time would slow down. Yet, I know that every season of life is beautiful. This year we’ve embraced it to the fullest. The first of the year Dana started a new career as a Project Analyst at Wal-Mart. We know that when God opens a door it’s wise to walk through it. So, he did and to say it’s been a big change is an understatement. But, we also know that change brings growth. God’s teaching us that ministry comes in all shapes and sizes. Speaking of ministry, Dana celebrated his 5th year as pastor at Cornerstone this summer. It’s been a wonderful 5 years and we’re looking forward to a lifetime more.

Perhaps the biggest change has come for Aaron this year. He also started a new career at the beginning of the year, got engaged in the spring, took over as worship leader at the church, moved out the end of summer and married Alisha in October.  We are very proud of this young man and we’re thrilled to have such a wonderful new daughter. Alisha brings out the best in Aaron and has a genuine love for the Lord that shines for all to see.  

Abigail celebrated her businesses first year anniversary this spring. She’s been working hard with Night Owl Vinyl and learning a lot. She began her senior year this fall. It’s hard to believe that she will be graduated from high school in a few months. This summer she accompanied me to the annual Ladies Retreat on the coast. We had a wonderful time together and all the ladies (as I knew they would) just loved her! She’s such a joy.

Andrew got to spend a week on vacation with his grandparents. He visited the Ark in Kentucky and a host of other fun activities. He turned 14 this year and began 8th grade in the fall. Both him and Abigail began 3 days of Consortium classes this year. They stay busy and for the first time in their lives they are learning what it’s like to have homework. Andrew has taken up an interest in football and loves hanging out with all his friends. He always brings a smile.

It’s been a wonderful year. Between running the house, ministry with Dana, helping with the wedding, working with Abigail on her business, keeping up with Andrew and overseeing the children’s schooling, I’ve been busy. But I’ve found time to do a little more writing and I have several projects in the works that Lord willing I’ll get to finish up next year.

I think we’re all looking forward to the coming year. We’re eager to see what opportunities God will bring, what new friendships will be made, and what exciting events will take place. There is a world of possibilities before us. But the most exciting thought of all is to see how God will use our family. Our prayer is that He gets glory in and through each of our lives. We fail Him miserably at times, but our hearts desire is to please Him with every thought, action and ounce of breath He gives.  That is the least we can give back. As you prepare for Christmas by buying, wrapping and giving gifts to family and friends this year, think about the gift God has given. Jesus was stripped of heavenly glory, born in a manger, despised and rejected by men, placed upon a cross for our sins, and rose 3 days later. The Nativity scene is wonderful and great, but our risen Savior is why we celebrate! May you have a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter and joy and a very happy New Year!

Christmas Letter 2015

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Merry Christmas!

Yesterday I enjoyed the Christmas lights at Silver Dollar City with family and friends. Have you ever been to a theme park? As the roller coasters flew through the air I was reminded about how much the whole experience is like life. It involves waiting much longer than anticipated and a conglomeration of joy and fear all mixed together. You laugh. You are terrified. You are up, down, thrown around, sometimes turned upside down and then in a few short seconds it is all over. You walk away saying, “Wow, what a ride!”

Andrew turned 13 this year and is in 7th grade.  It’s hard to believe that our youngest is a teenager. No longer a little boy, he is turning into a handsome young man right before our eyes. Trail Life, Taekwondo, school and friends have kept him busy this year.

We gave Abigail a sweet 16 surprise party in March and car keys. She has proven to be a very responsible young lady and as always a wonderful help around the house. Abigail is a junior and as part of her education, she started a home based business. We’re very proud of all the work she’s done. It can be overwhelming, but she is working hard at becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Aaron graduated high school in May and turned 19 this fall. He is working, waiting and seeking the Lord’s will in several areas.  We are excited to see what God will do during this next season of his life. All of our children are such blessings to us. Dana and I are very thankful for them and their heart for God.

Dana continued being bi-vocational this year until his work at Pro-Mow ended in October. Not sure of what is next, we are reminded that Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever, does not change.  Life, however, will always change. Change in inevitable. So, we rest in knowing that the omniscience, omnipresent, and omnipotent God of the universe directs his path. We are anxious to see what door the Lord opens up as the New Year approaches.

Our church has been through a lot together this year, but I can say that it has brought us closer than ever before. We love them and continue to thank the Lord for bringing us here. These last 12 months we’ve seen several new families added and 5 babies born. It’s exciting times at Cornerstone and Dana is honored to be Pastor.

One of the highlights of the year was the week at the beach with the children again this summer. We cherish these times with all 5 of us. Later in the year Abigail enjoyed some one-on-one time with Papa and Meme when they took her to Florida for a week. For me this has been the busiest year ever. Between homeschooling, church ministry, working with Dana, and helping Abigail start her business I haven’t stopped. I did, however, make the time to go to speak at the Women of Worth retreat in Orange Beach. It was a much needed week with some wonderful women.

This year has flown by faster than those roller coasters at Silver Dollar City and I don’t know how to slow it down. I’m learning to wait my turn, pray through the downs, enjoy the ups, trust when I’m scared and laugh at the good times. And I have no doubt that everyone reading this can relate in one way or another. This is the life we live.

God’s Word compares our life to a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes (James 4:14). But don’t think for a second that vapor is useless. When channeled properly it can be put to great work. Consider the steam engine. Even today we see that steam is one of the most widely used commodities for conveying heat energy.  Because water is plentiful and inexpensive, steam is efficient and economical to generate.  Our lives are but a vapor. They can be wasted and allowed to drift aimlessly like a vapor in the air until they are gone or, if allowed to, they can be channeled properly by the Holy Spirit and accomplish great things for God while here on earth.   That is my prayer. And it is my prayer for my husband, children, family, friends and everyone reading this letter.  Enjoy the ride. It’s the grandest one ever, but let it be for God’s glory. He alone is worthy!

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev 4:11)

 

2014 Family Letter

2014 christmas‘Tis the season…this has been the theme for our family this year. As I reminisce over the past 12 months and wonder where the time has gone, I see that it has been a season of uncertainty, change, and joy. Then I am reminded that, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

The first of January we took the children to Gatlinburg, TN for a week. We hiked, played games, sat in the cabin and watched it snow. It was a great way to start the new year. 20140108_13411620140108_125803When we returned we embarked upon a new season of life. Dana began bi-vocational work for the first time in his ministry. Since 2004, he has been so blessed by being able to focus on ministry and pastor full-time, but for reasons we cannot fully see yet God has seen fit to bring about this new season. He has always directed our path and this year has been no different. God opened the doors for Dana to be able to start up a mowing/landscaping business for a friend. It has been a great opportunity, but also quite consuming. We are learning to adjust as a family and are most thankful that our church has been so understanding as Dana is learning to balance it all.

crew 3Aaron began working with Dana in April. He has proven to be a trustworthy and diligent worker. He turned 18 in September, bringing about another season of life for all of us. He is learning some responsibilities of adulthood and we are learning how to parent an 18 year old senior in high school. In July Aaron spent 2 weeks in Los Angeles at YWAM. It was a good, eye-opening opportunity. groupWe are very proud of him and nothing brings more joy than to see him following the Lord and turning into the man God has called him to be.

For the past 6 years I have spent most of my extra time on research and writing, but this year most of it was put on hold to have more time to help Dana with the business. So, for this season I have been given the title of “office manger” to my already “beloved wife & help meet” and “mother & teacher” titles. In March the children threw me a surprise 40th birthday party at Olive Garden with family and friends. It was a week early and completely caught me off guard. Abigail and I spent our birthday on the road with friends. I set up a booth and sold books for three days at the St. Louis Homeschool Convention. We had some great girl bonding time. st louis 2014aThen this summer a friend from church went with me to the gulf where I spoke at a ladies retreat. It was 4 days on the beach studying the Word of God – another great trip.

Dana and I took a couple of trips alone this year. The first was to Mississippi where he was asked to preach at a preaching conference. We then headed to the coast to check on our house and spend a few days relaxing on the beach. In October we were blessed with another get-a-way to the Pastor’s Oasis in Branson.

drivingAbigail turned 15 and started driving this year. She is in 10th grade and doing great in school. She loves to read, sing, and (when I encourage her) play the piano. She is a huge help around the house and has been blessed with the gift of organization, which we all appreciate and benefit from. I depend upon her a lot and am truly grateful to have such a sweet daughter. Every year we see her living up to her name which means “Father’s Joy.” spring formal 2014

Andrew turned 12 this year and is in 6th grade. He loves being a part of Trail Life USA. It is a great organization that meets at our church once a week.  trail life

In January he started Taekwondo and is currently a blue belt. So in other words, you will either find him in the woods with camping gear and his guns or bow and arrows, or you will find him wearing his dobok practicing patterns and sparring with Aaron. taekwondo One of our greatest joys this year was his salvation. We celebrated on Resurrection Sunday with Dana baptizing him. 20140420_115343 We rejoice greatly that all of our children are saved, baptized, and growing in the Lord. kids-cropped

We have been living back in Northwest Arkansas for 3 ½ years now. After much prayer and some open doors we decided it was time to buy a home. So one week before Christmas we moved into our new home embarking upon a new season of life that we are very excited about and truly thank God for. home 2home

What I have learned this year is that the only thing that never changes is the Lord God and His love, truth, and promises. Everything else in life will change. Sometimes it is good; sometimes it is bad. But nevertheless, change is inevitable. But this I know, “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him,” Ecclesiastes 3:14. What a sobering reminder that God is in control of every aspect of life and that we should daily acknowledge Him with holy, filial fear. He alone is worthy!

May you and your family have a wonderful New Year and may 2015 bring about changes in each of our lives that continually conforms us to the image of His precious Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Let’s talk about LOVE…

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By the middle of February some people are sick of hearing about romance, Valentine’s Day, gifts, cards, and even love. But can love be over-emphasized?  As believers in Christ we are to walk in love (Ephesians 5:2), be rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17), follow after love (I Timothy 6:11), and put on love (Colossians 3:12-14).   Can we talk about it too much?  Love is a consistent theme throughout the entire Word of God. The greatest command in all of scripture is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.  The second command is to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Jesus said that, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets,” Matthew 22:40To put it differently, the entire Bible can be summed up with love.

Love is a wonderful topic for study and February is a great time to gather your family up for such a study. A good place to start is with the writings of the Apostle John. Love envelops his epistles. In 1 John alone we see 46 different forms of the word love. Let me share just a few truths about love that adorn these inspired epistles.

  • God is love. (1 John 4:8)

  • We cannot truly love until we know God. (1John 4:7-8a)

  • We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

  • There is no fear in love. (1 John 4:18)

  • There are certain things that God does not want us to love. (1 John 2:15)

  • Love and truth go hand in hand. (1 John 3:18, 2 John 1:1-3, 3 John 1:1)

  • If you love God you will love God’s children. (1 John 3:11, 3:14, 3:23, 4:7, 4:21, 5:2)

  • God demonstrates His love through His actions. (1 John 4:9-10)

  • We demonstrate our love for God through our actions. (1 John 2:5, 1 John 5:3, 2 John 1:6)

  • We demonstrate our love for others through our actions. (1 John 3:16-17)

If you would like an additional resource for personal use or to use with your family consider getting a copy of Love: A verse by verse study through the Epistles of John. It is a study that dives into the deep truths of God and His great love.

The Williams’ Top 10 News Stories of 2013

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#10  Over the summer we moved into a new home. The area is beautiful and we thank God allowing us to get settled.

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#9 Aaron stepped up this working career trying various jobs over the year (including work as an undercover agent, heating and air technician assistant, and set up and cleaning crew for a non-profit educational organization). He continues to play his guitar and sing praises to God.

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#8 Abigail turned 14 this year. She is in 9th grade and studying for her driver’s license.  (Watch out!) Her hobbies include writing music and singing with the beautiful voice God gave her.

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#7 Andrew is growing like a weed! He is still attempting to conquer the world (all while in 5th grade) and his favorite Consortium class is self defense.

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#6 Kimberly finished her 5th book called Home Discipleship. This fall she did her first TV interview about her new book.

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#5 Dana showed up at his own funeral given to him by the church. (It was a surprise and in loving memory of his “youth”. He turned 40 in April.) He also began teaching as an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist College.

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#4 Our family had a wonderful summer vacation. We spent a week on the beach in Destin, Fl making memories with the children.

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#3 We took a summer camping trip with our church. We really enjoyed this. Every member of our church attended except 5 people who couldn’t make it. Have we mentioned that we LOVE our church?

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#2  Dana and Kimberly celebrated their 20th Wedding Anniversary in May by spending a week in a lovely cabin in Branson resting, relaxing, and reminiscing.

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#1  God is still working in our lives in mighty ways. He is leading, providing, protecting, and guiding us each day. We are learning and growing as His children and praying that our individual lives and family will bring Him honor and glory in everything we do.

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours! To God be all glory!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)

5 Gifts to Give our Children

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! So, tis the season for malls, shopping, wrapping paper, gifts, bows, and ribbons! Maybe you prefer online shopping in your bathrobe with the internet, eBay and UPS. Or perhaps you prefer handmade gifts, baked goodies and homemade cards. But no matter how you look at it, this is the season for gift giving. Why? Most people probably give out of tradition. You are supposed to buy gifts at Christmas. Right? It is what has always been done. However, our family likes to look at gift giving a little differently. While it is a tradition at our home, it is one with a purpose. We give gifts as a reminder of the greatest gift ever given to mankind. I must admit that I love giving gifts to my children. But guess what? So does our heavenly Father!

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11.

But toys and trinkets get broken, clothes get worn out and outgrown, electronics lose batteries and stop working, and the latest fad becomes next year’s obsolete. So I ask myself what can I give my children that will last? What type of gifts can I give that have true value? Listed below are 5 gifts that we can give our children that will never become broken or outdated.

TIME

In a world of busyness one of the most wonderful gifts we can give our children is time with them. December is probably the busiest month of the year for us. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas we go nonstop. There are people to visit, parties and programs to attend, Christmas cantata’s to practice for, gifts to make, shopping to do, etc. But life is short.

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14.

This truth is especially evident when it comes to children. They do not stay young forever. They grow up fast. As parents we only have a short time to invest in our children. We need to slow down and give our children something that will matter – time. Time with us, time to play games, time to talk, time to come apart from the world, time to meditate upon God, time to read together, and time to be a family. I have heard it said that the quantity of time does not matter as long as you give your children quality time. This is not true! Research has said that parents spend on average 3.5 minutes a day in meaningful conversation with their children. How sad! However, the average child watches 1,500 hours a year of TV. I guess if we want Hollywood to raise our children then this statistic would not bother us. But it bothers me. Turn off the TV and spend time with your children. Read to them at night, pray with them, and sing songs. When they grow up and look back at their life these are the things they will remember.

A PEACEFUL HOME

Another gift we can give our children is a home filled with peace. The world is hectic and noisy, but our homes should be a gentle haven of rest for our children. Our children should not have homes filled with screaming and shouting but with soft answers and love. The fruits of the Spirit should be manifested in our homes – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. A home filled with peace not only blesses our children but consider what a true witness it is to the world around us. Voddie Bauchman in Family Driven Faith states,

Our homes must be rife with the aroma of love. Those who visit us should notice immediately that they have left the world of self-serving egocentric narcissism and have entered a safe harbor where people value and esteem others above themselves. Outsiders should enter our homes and never want to leave. Our neighbors should find excuses to visit us just to get another whiff of the fragrant aroma of love. The brokenhearted should long to be near us. The down trodden and abused should seek us out. Families on the brink of disaster should point to us and say, ‘Why can’t our home be like that?’

This describes a home filled with peace. What a superb gift to give our children.

PARENTS WHO LOVE EACH OTHER

Another gift that is so overlooked in our modern culture is love in the home. It is given that we should love our children, but one of the best ways to love our children is to love God first and our spouse second. This speaks volumes to our children. Theodore Hesburgh is credited for saying, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” The focus of the family should be on the marriage. When parents are united the children are blessed. In addition, a strong marriage will strengthen our children’s faith as it is a testimony to the world for God’s glory.

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth,” 1 John 3:18.

CHARACTER TRAITS

While giving gifts let’s not forget the gift of hard work & diligence. Society will tell a child that you should do as little as possible to get as much as possible. It is this fallacy of thinking that has leads to a lazy and entitlement mentality. But, give your children the gift of learning how to work hard and they will always be able to thrive. In addition, it is pleasing to the Lord.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23.

Another character trait this is desperately needed in today’s society is inner beauty, especially when it comes to our daughters. Godly women are not born, but raised. Many mothers concern themselves over whether their daughters have fashionable clothes and the latest styles. Many would be alarmed if their daughters wore dirty clothes. But how many mothers care if their daughter has a filthy heart? To teach and train our daughters about inner beauty that is acceptable to God is a divine gift we can give.

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised,” Proverbs 31:30.

(There are many character traits that we can help to instill in our children. So by no means is this list inclusive. But hard work, diligence and inner beauty are a great place to start.)

BIBLICAL STANDARDS TO LIVE BY

There are many gifts we can give our children. But one that is of utmost importance is to give your children biblical standards to live by. As Christian parents we should not want for our children what every other parent wants. We shouldn’t hold them to the world’s standards but to God’s standards. Do you want your children to make the team? What about them making it into the Lambs book of life? Do you want them to get a good education? What about them being educated in the Word of God? Do you want them to be true and loyal to their friends? What about your children being faithful to the Lord and His Church? Do you want your children to be popular? What about them being peculiar? God’s ways are always higher.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed,” Romans 12:2a.

Christian parent, there are many worthwhile pursuits in this world, but few rise to the level of training our children to follow the Lord, to love Him with all we are, to treasure His Word, and to keep His commandments. When we do this we have given our children gifts that never tear up, get worn, or get taken away.

So, this holiday season I’ll be looking for presents for my children and wrapping packages like many others. But the most precious gifts I’ll strive to give them will not be the ones that come in a box. Instead, the gifts I will strive to give will be of eternal value.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks-Living

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To write it down for the world to see,
To speak of Your wondrous love.
How can I thank you for blessing me?
For sending a Savior from above?
Thank you God for having a plan,
A sacrifice, a cross, a grave.
Thank you Lord for redeeming man.
Without Christ who can be saved?
But because He rose victorious,
Abundant life I now will live.
Grace and love abounds glorious,
Which daily Lord you freely give.
To give thanks only one day a year,
Seems contrary to say the least.
For You my God are very near,
Not just during Thanksgiving feast.
Instead I’ll live a life of thanks-living,
All year acknowledging how you bless.
And just one day set aside,
For complaints and unthankfulness.

Mother, You Are Loved

childBuying a present for my mother is almost impossible. She has everything she needs. She never wants anything new. And unless I get it 90% off, I feel like I’ve let her down. Okay, maybe I exaggerate a bit. But the truth is that I have hit the Outlets and the Landing this week looking for something to give my Mother for Mother’s Day and nothing seems right. I am empty handed and with Mother’s Day on Sunday, that is not a good thing.

She deserves much; I offer her little….a small part of myself…

My words…

My declaration…

My appreciation…

My love…

My thanks…

I do not tell her enough how much she means to me and everyone around her. I do not tell her enough that she is a good mother and that she makes a difference in this world. I do not tell her enough that by her example she has taught me many, valuable things.

Things like….

• a love for music
• the worth of family
• the importance of truth
• how to show forgiveness
• how to cook for my family
• how to clean and take care of a house
• how to be gracious and hospitable
• the value of hard work
• sacrificing for others
• caring for the lonely and elderly
• always being there for your children
• how to love your husband
• faithfulness to Christ and His church

I can only pray that I will be the same type of example to my own precious children.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! You are loved!

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her,” Proverbs 31:28.

* Update – My husband took me out to eat Chinese tonight and walking past a store I thought I would givce it one more try. And wouldn’t you know it, I just found the perfect gift! Feeling pretty good (and it was on sale)!

Why Our Church Doesn’t Celebrate Easter

easterWith the Easter holiday just a few days away there is a lot of talk about the subject. But this Sunday we will not be celebrating “Easter” but rather the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Below are a few reasons as to why:

  •  Ignorance is NOT bliss. Read I Peter 1:14-21. As a Christian every word, action, and deed should be done for the glory of God. To celebrate is to observe, show happiness, or mark an occasion. At the least, do a study on the origins of “Easter” before deciding to observe it.
  • Words mean things. After a careful study, why would you even want to use the word “Easter”? What purpose does it serve to call your celebration by that word? Isn’t Resurrection Sunday a better, more accurate description of what we are celebrating? Which one points more people to God?
  • The Easter symbols of bunnies and eggs are distracting at best. Really, what does it have to do with Christ’s resurrection? I haven’t figured that out yet. However, these symbols have plenty to do with fertility and pagan ideas.
  • “It’s just for fun” is counterproductive. The world and Satan will always win when it comes to providing fun. The church is to be the “pillar and ground of the truth” not entertainment centers. An attempt to compete with the world in this area cheapens the Bride of Christ.
  • It is confusing to children. When we play around with the world’s ideas our children become unstable and unsure of what to believe in. The same thing happens when we tell children that Christmas is about the birth of Christ while playing the Santa game. Or when they get older we allow them to be indoctrinated with evolutionary teaching and then give them an hour a week in Sunday school to learn about the Genesis account of creation. Our children are confused and no wonder. We allow these things to affect them and then question why 80% leave the church by the end of high school.
  • What you draw people with is what you draw them to. A church can use an egg hunt to draw people in (or any worldly event for that matter), but when we draw them in with activities, promotions, and such we are drawing them to those things. When we use the pure, unadulterated Word of God to draw people in, it is Christ alone that they are drawn to. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth,” Colossians 3:2.
  • We are called to be holy. We are to be set apart and peculiar. I’m afraid many have forgotten this. It is hard to be set apart while being the same. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” 1 Peter 2:9-11.

We do as a church celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. The resurrection is, in fact, the hinge-pin of all of Christianity. Without it there is no hope. Without it our faith is in vain. Without it our loved ones would be gone for good. Without it we would still be in our sins. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable,” 1 Corinthians 15:19. But thank God we are not most miserable. Because of the resurrection of our Lord there is hope! The grave has been conquered! Sin not longer reigns! And death has no sting! This Sunday we will celebrate Resurrection Sunday with the living Christ being glorified, and his death and resurrection being preached!

 

*note:   My 16 year old son’s comment to this article was, “Mom, That was great. I agree with everything you said, but I think you will make people mad with your words.” So in reply to “making people mad” let me just say that is certainly not my intent. I hold no judgment over anyone. How you choose to celebrate is between your conscience and God alone.

I write because there are so many misconceptions and fallacies regarding the church. Dear Christian, never forget that the world is watching us. They want to know if what we say we believe is real enough to make a difference in the way we live.

Too many have a form of godliness, but deny the power (2 Timothy 3:5). They are denying the power of the Word of God to work in their life (1 Thessalonians 2:13). They are denying the power of Christ to crucify the old man (Romans 6:6). They are denying the power of God to keep them from practicing a lifestyle of sin (1 John 3:9). They are denying the power of the Holy Ghost to teach them spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:10-13).

Williams 2012 Christmas Letter

‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas, all through our home

The children were texting friends on their phone.

Decorations hung throughout the house with such care,

Our church would soon gather for a Christmas party there;

Annie nestled all snug in her new doggie bed,

While visions of bacon danced in her head.

Otis barking, content to drive everyone crazy,

“Take me for a walk, there’s no time to be lazy.”

Our house filled with noise and much clatter,

I questioned myself, “What was the matter?”

Then it dawned that life was passing in a flash

So over the keyboard my fingers quickly dashed.

In a quest to write and remember this time,

When children were happy, and life sublime.

Aaron now 16 and quite a young man,

Praises God on his guitar in a band.

Abigail’s a lovely lady and is 13 now,

She’s growing so fast, I ask myself how.

Andrew is ten, courageous and strong,

He’ll become a man soon, it won’t be long.

The children are all doing well in school.

Ask them how it’s going, they’ll say, “It’s cool!”

Dad teaches Aaron higher math and American Gov,

Mom’s thankful for this; these are things she doesn’t love.

Andrew and Abby do their studies each day,

On occasion we’ll meet friends at the park to play.

This year Mom finished book number four,

She’s praying to see if there should be more.

The year is almost gone, it has certainly flew.

We’ve had a good one, been much blessed, too!

Into our family, the Lord has added another,

Eric, our associate pastor, friend, and brother.

We all enjoy having him around,

Into our life, he came with a bound.

We are thankful God has us at Cornerstone,

Such a wonderful church where love is shown.

God is at work, teaching us day by day.

Molding, shaping to conform to His way.

Dad loves to teach and preach each week,

Telling others of Christ, lowly and meek.

Who came to earth as a babe so mild,

The Son of God didn’t remain a child.

But grew up sinless and died on the cross,

For my sins and yours and all the lost.

Christmas isn’t about Santa, that jolly old elf,

I laugh when I think of this, in spite of myself.

Not reindeer or snowmen, it’s so much more.

Not parties, or presents, or holiday décor.

It’s about God’s love and the gift He gave to all.

Eternal life through His Son if upon Him you call.

Repent of your sins, He’s faithful and true,

He’ll give you peace and a heart that is new.

If He is your Lord, praise Him this holiday season,

Never forget that Jesus Christ is the reason.

Keep these things in mind, please do not lose sight.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!