Birthday Gift for Christ (BGFC) FAQs!

Birthday Gift for Christ is coming up VERY soon here at St. Matthew’s. But what is it actually?  What can I do to plug in and serve?  Here are some ways you can help:

31099Adopt a family or individual and purchase a few items for them. One of our BGFC Coordinators will be at the RSVP Desk each Sunday with a list of families with their ages and sizes.

Pick an ornament from the trees found in the Narthex or in Hart Hall and purchase the food items listed. Return them to under the tree by December 9th.

Come to BGFC WRAP NIGHT on Wednesday, December 16th and help wrap all the presents that have been purchased for our Birthday Gift for Christ families. We’ll have a hamburger supper beginning at 5:00 p.m. and then start wrapping. You’ll need to bring: gift tags, wrapping paper, tape and scissors.

Volunteer to help deliver the presents to our BGFC families on Saturday, December 19th with your family or friends. What a great way to top off another successful year of sharing the life-changing love and grace of Jesus with those less fortunate.

Contact one of our BGFC Coordinators to see where specific help may be needed:

Lori Godwin (601-201-2963) or
Theresa Hobdy (601-707-5297) or
Natalie Smith (601-672-0067) or

Day Thirty-Nine with Mark: Mark 10:32-45

Like Wednesday to get a better picture of what Jesus is doing, let’s look at two stories together, Mark 10:32-34 and then verses 35-45:

32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; 34 they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.”

The Request of James and John
35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Jesus-washing-feetWhat we see here is two contrasting ideals, and Jesus trying to reconcile them.  We see Jesus teaching about what must happen, that He must suffer and die to save the people from their sins.  His purpose is to teach us to love, to care, to serve, to forgive and ultimate go to the cross (and the empty grave) for our sins.

Jesus is teaching them that.  But they aren’t getting it.

Then we see in the second portion James and John trying to wiggle their way into being the greatest in the kingdom.  And Jesus says, (paraphrasing) guys, you are missing the point here.

Your life, your greatness, it doesn’t come from power or prestige or titles.  It comes from serving.  The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.  That is the path He walks.  And that is path that He calls us to walk.

Serve. We are not like the world.  It is “not so among us.”  We’ve got to be different.  The only way that we change the world is to be different.  The only way that we can make a difference in the hardened hearts of this world is through service.  To love God and love our neighbor.

That’s what Jesus calls us to.  That’s the path to greatness for us a Christians.  Not in power.  But in service.

Today, and in this soon to be Advent season, may we live out that love of God.  May we serve.

Monday we’ll look at Mark 10:46-52.

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Day Thirty-Eight with Mark: Mark 10:17-31

Today in Mark we look at Mark 17-31:

17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” 20 He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

28 Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

This is another one of those passages that have a lot going on it in it.  Let’s break down what’s happening

richyoungrulerFirst, we see the rich young man.  Here’s the take away from him.  He was arrogant and thought he had it all together.  He was coming to Jesus for affirmation more than for instruction.  He thought he had all the answers already.

How do we know this?  When Jesus tells him the commandments, he says, I’ve done all this.  We also see this in Jesus initial greeting to him, when the man calls Jesus good, Jesus reframes it, saying no one is good but God.  And then youth man basically says – nope, I’m good too!  This young man things He has it all together and everything is great.  And he’s missing the point.

Because next we see Jesus’ response.  He loved him.  He wasn’t mad at him.  Jesus wasn’t trying to punish him.  He was trying to set him free.  His “stuff” had trapped him and made him a prisoner.  Jesus was trying to set him free for real life, because He loved him.  But Jesus’ words weren’t what the man wanted to hear.  Or what the disciples.  wanted to hear.

See because in that culture,  wealth = blessing.  So, if this rich man lacked what was needed to get into heaven, then who could get in?  If he couldn’t make it, then what chance did a regular person have.  We see Peter ask this, Lord, what about us?  We’ve left everything to follow you.

And Jesus says, and you’ve found true life.  True life is in following God.  Not in following the world or following power or privilege or anything like.  True life is in following Jesus.  Even if it costs, it gives you life.

Because He is life. And if we “lose” something to follow, we actually gain.  Because we gain life.

Today, may we seek after true life.  May we seek after Jesus.

Friday we’ll look at Mark 10:32-44.

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Day Thirty-Eight with Mark: Mark 10:1-12 and 13-16

Today we look at Mark 10: 1-12:

10 He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them.

2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Ok, today’s passage is one of those tough passages, one that can really be a challenge to understand.  That’s why I think it’s good to read it in context with what follows, Mark 10:13-16:

13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

jesuskidsHere’s the importance of context, we can see a bigger picture of what Jesus is doing.  When we look at passages that are tough and hard to understand, that context is key.  In both of these passages, Jesus is lifting up those that were forgotten and taken advantage of.

In the first passage, first we see that Jesus was being tested, the religious leaders wanted to see if they could trip Him up, so they asked about divorce.  What was happening in that day was this.  Men would marry and after a few years, divorce their wife and remarry because they could.  In that culture, that would leave the wife basically poor and powerless.

And what Jesus is saying is this.  No!  That’s not the way it’s supposed to be.  You can’t do this to your wife.  It’s not the way that God intended.  She’s made in His image.  You can’t, you shouldn’t do that to her.  It’s wrong.

This passage is about affirming the worth of the wife, of the female, of the one that in that culture didn’t matter.  Jesus is saying, this – she matters!

And the same thing with the child.  Children (like women) in that culture were little more than property.  And Jesus is telling the people this, these children matter.  Welcome them.  They count. They are important.  Welcome these little ones.

Jesus is telling us today that everyone matters.  Everyone is important.  Everyone has worth.  Even those that we are tempted to miss or tempted to ignore.

They matter to Jesus.

So, today and each day, they should matter to us.

Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 10:17-31.

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Day Thirty-Seven with Mark: Mark 9:42-50

Sorry for missing last week!  My week began with me not feeling well and then spiraled out of control from there!  Thanks for your patience, we are back up and going this week.

Today we close out Mark 9 by looking at verses 42-50:

42 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.  47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

49 “For everyone will be salted with fire.  50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Today in this passage Jesus speaks with some great hyperbole.  He says if you hand causes you to sin, cut it off!  If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out!  If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off!

sin-kills1Is Jesus advocating mutilation?  No, He is not doing that.  Across scripture, we see that the body is good and we are called to take care of it. By the way, real quick, when the Bible talks about “the flesh” it isn’t talking about our literal body, it’s talking about the sinful desires that we all have.  The “body” is good, it was created good.  But after the fall, our desires were corrupted.  So, when you hear “flesh” in scripture, know it’s not talking about the actual body, but the sinful desire.

The point Jesus is making here is this, sin is a big deal.  It really is.  It is destructive.  It hurts.  It causes pain, it causes ripples.  It hurts you, it hurts others.  Don’t, through your actions, cause others to fall.  Especially one of the little ones.

I spend a lot of time talking about grace, because it all comes down to grace.  Everything.  But we need to be aware of the power of sin.  Sin is destructive.  Sin is harmful.  Sin hurts so many, it hurts us, it hurts others, it hurts our walk with God.

Jesus is saying here, because with sin.  Sin is not a play thing.  It is not something to be ignored.  It is something to take seriously.  It is something to be aware of.  Don’t ignore it, don’t play with it, don’t think it’s not a big deal.

It is.  It is destructive.  So, better to get rid of something that allow sin to run wild.

So, while maybe we don’t need to cut off a hand or a foot, is something in our lives we need to “cut” off or get rid of?  Because if something is causing us or leading us to sin, it’s not a good thing.  It’s a destructive, bad thing.

Today, may we look within and find the things that are destructive to us, to our souls, and to others.  And may God give us the grace to get rid of them within our lives!

Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 10:1-12.

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Day Thirty-Six with Mark: Mark 9:38-41

Today we look at Mark 9:38-41 and we see Jesus tell us about how we can work together as different churches:

Another Exorcist
38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

around-the-crossToday we see Jesus giving us a picture of what “church” should be like. We see the disciples saying, we saw people casting out demons in Jesus name, but they weren’t part of their group. And they tried to stop them, because they weren’t part of their group.

And Jesus says no.  If they do good my name (in other words, through me) then they can’t be against me.  In other words, if they are part of Jesus, but not part of us, you know what?  It’s ok.  Jesus’ team, Jesus kingdom is bigger than just you and me.  It’s bigger than just my local church.  Or my denomination.  Or those that worship like I do.  Or believe exactly like me.  Or have my theology.

Jesus team is made up of all those that believe in Him and part of Him.  Even if they aren’t “part” of our group.  Because you know what?  If they are in Christ, they are part of us.

Through Jesus, we are one.  Even if we disagree or have differences of opinions.  If we are in Jesus, we are one.

Imagine what we could do as Christians if we all worked together.  Imagine what could happen in our communities, our world, everywhere, if we all worked together in Jesus name.  We could (and we can) change the world.

Look at the good that was being done.  In Jesus name.

Today, may all of us that are in Jesus name, may we work together for the same goal, the same purpose, the same plan, the same savior.

May we all, no matter what group we are part of, work for Jesus!

Monday we’ll look at Mark 9:42-50.

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Day Thirty-Six with Mark: Mark 9:30-37

When you read the Gospels consistently, you begin to really get a picture for who Jesus is and see some real things begin to emerge.  Listen to what we read in Mark 9:30-37:

Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Who Is the Greatest?
33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

follow-JESUS1When you read about Jesus, from beginning to end of a Gospel, you see what matters to Him, what is truly important, what is essential.  And here’s the deal.  The Bible tells us that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.  So when we see Jesus, we see who God is.

Who do we see today, and who have we seen?

Today, we see in Jesus that He knows He must die for the sins of the world.  When you read the Gospels, this is impossible to miss.  He tells them and teaches them that over and over again, and until after the resurrection, they never fully understood it.  But He continued to teach it.  He continued to point to it.  He continued to stress it to His followers.  He must be betrayed, be killed, and be raised again.

It is all heading towards the resurrection.  We can not take this part out of Jesus teaching. It is what it is all headed towards.  That is unmissable in the Gospels.

But look what else is unmissable.  In 33-37, he teaches that to be great in the kingdom of God, we have to be humble.  We have to serve.  We have to understand that it’s not about what we get, but what we give.  It’s about being the servant of all, not seeking power.  It’s about laying down our lives for His sake.

Those things are right there in front of us in the text today, and they are right there in front of us in the Gospels.  They are right there in front of us in the life of Jesus.

And as Christians, we are called to follow in the way of Jesus.  That means laying down our lives.  That means being humble.  That means serving. And that means understand that Jesus died and was raised for me.  And for you.  For all of us.  For the sake of the world.

These things are all over the Gospel.  And let’s not get so busy reading about Jesus that we forget what truly mattered and was important to Jesus.

He laid down His life to redeem us.  And He calls us to love and serve others.  Those things are in the forefront of Jesus’ ministry.  May they be in the forefront of our lives.

Friday we’ll look at Mark 9:38-41.

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Day Thirty-Five with Mark: Mark 9:14-29

Today we take a look at Mark 9:14-29, where Jesus heals a young boy:

The Healing of a Boy with a Spirit
14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him. 16 He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought you my son; he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak; 18 and whenever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so.” 19 He answered them, “You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.” 23 Jesus said to him, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You spirit that keeps this boy from speaking and hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!” 26 After crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand. 28 When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 He said to them, “This kind can come out only through prayer.”

Today we see Jesus heal another child that is possessed by an evil spirit, something we see quite a lot of, especially in Mark.  There are a couple of words of reminder about evil or demonic spirits I want to give when we read texts like this. First, remember, scripture is clear, they are out there, they do exist. But, let us not become overly consumed or worried about them. That is not helpful.  CS Lewis said this in his book The Screwtape Letters:

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.

exorcism_0So yes, there is evil out there, but no, it is not stronger than Jesus.

Two things that I think are of great interest in this text are the notion of faith and prayer.  Notice Jesus’ seeming frustration with the lack of faith displayed by everyone involved in this.  No one is able to heal the boy, it seems as though it is at an end.  The father says to Jesus, if you can heal, and Jesus says all things are possible for those that believe.

Then the father has one of my favorite statements in all of scripture.  Lord I believe, help my unbelief.  How often have we all felt like that?  How often have we said I know you can do it Lord, but help me believe.

Belief and faith are not an on/off switch.  When we flip it, doesn’t always stay there. We can believe, but still struggle with doubt and fear and worry. We can have great faith, but still have areas of our life that struggle to trust in.  We can be this father.  Lord I believe, but help my unbelief.

Today, may your faith be stronger than your doubts.  Hold fast to faith.  Hold on.  Jesus can do it. Believe.  Trust.  Hope.  Don’t doubt, only belief.  Give your doubts, your worries, your fears, give them to Jesus.  He can hold them, He can help them.


And the second thing that stands out to me is the conversation the disciples have with Jesus following.  They want to know why they couldn’t heal the boy, and Jesus says some things can only be done with great prayer.  Prayer is always the first things that we should do as Christians.  Not the last.

Prayer must always be our frist resort, not our last.  Prayer must be the frist thing that we turn to, not the last.  We have to start all things, all things with prayer.  Jesus says the only way that you can bring forth healing in this situation is through prayer.

Do we pray first?  We have to.  We must.  It’s the only way that we’ll have the power to be faithful.


Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 9:30-37.

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Day Thirty-Five with Mark: Mark 9:9-13

Today in Mark we look at Mark 9:9-13:

The Coming of Elijah
9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. 11 Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 12 He said to them, “Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.”

urlToday in our reading, we see the disciples continue to struggle to understand what it is that Jesus is doing.  They don’t understand that it means about Him being raised from the dead. That’s not their idea of what a Messiah should do.  They don’t understand who Elijah was in reference to Jesus. They don’t understand what it is that God is doing. They don’t get what is happening.

You kind of hurt for them.  I mean, they wanted to understand.  They left everything to follow Jesus.  If’s always easy for us to make fun of the disciples for not getting it.  But think about the faith they had.  They didn’t get it. They didn’t understand.  But they still left everything and followed. Because while they didn’t understand everything that Jesus was doing or saying, you know what?  They knew that Jesus was life.

Wow, what a testimony of faith.  What a testimony of being faithful when they didn’t understand.

Faith is often the most strong when we don’t understand, but we still follow.

Today, even when we don’t understand, may we have that faith.

Tomorrow we’ll look at Mark 9:14-29.

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Day Thirty-Five with Mark: Mark 9:1-8

Today we look at one of the more amazing stories in the Bible in Mark 9:1-8.  We see Jesus’ transfiguration:

1 And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

The Transfiguration
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

transfiguration2003-3This is why I like this story.  In this, we see Jesus for who He is.  He is glorious.  He is powerful.  He is majestic.  He is strong.  He is God.

We see Jesus today in all of His power and might.  We truly see Jesus as is He.  He left the right hand of God to be born of a virgin, to be fully God and fully man, to redeem humanity.  While on the earth, He suffered.  He bled.  He was abandoned.  He was betrayed.  He walked around Israel and Judah with a group of followers.  He lived a tough life.  He did.

He was tested as we were, yet remained without sin.  He was tested and tried.  He experienced the death of friends, He felt rejection from family, He did not have an easy time fulfilling His Father’s plan.

And, by the way, that was for us.  All that He went through was for our sake and for our salvation.  Let us not forget that.

But today, today we see Jesus in His glory.  We see Him in His power.  We see Him as He is.  King of Kings.  Lord of Lords.  Alpha and Omega.  Beginning and the End.  The First and the Last.

He is the visible image of the invisible God.  He is the firstborn of all creation.  He is God Himself.

Don’t forget that.  Don’t forget who He is.  Don’t take Him for granted.  Don’t forget His grace.  His mercy.

And His strength.  And His power.  And His might.

He is Jesus.

Monday we’ll look at Mark 9:9-13.

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