“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep an open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 MSG
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
In the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to find ourselves distracted from the reason we’re celebrating: the gift of Immanuel, “God with us.”
Advent is simply a season of expectant waiting and preparation
We do still have time to reflect on something truly awesome: the miracle of God choosing to enter the world in human form!
Take the time to open your heart to discover God’s intricate plan to save the world from sin and the promises fulfilled in the birth of His Son.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas – filled with His joy and peace.
Wendy Showalter, NLS Board Preside
God of Israel. As we prepare to celebrate the Savior’s birth, our hearts overflow as well.
of the day or pleas for help.
season and rejoice in the miracle birth.
As we journey this season of Advent, it is our Savior’s light that is shining in our hearts. This light is for all nations. How sad it is to see many nations sinking into darkness.
Let us pray for all the world – that people will be drawn to His light of love and peace. Enable all Christians to rise and shine – and draw many to the brightness our Lord.
That one Light.
Wendy Showalter, NLS Board President
First Sunday of Advent
We often find ourselves overwhelmed during the busy Christmas season. We spend endless hours shopping and baking and decorating. There are choir concerts and special worship services to attend. We invite guests into our homes. Do we have to say “yes” to everything and everyone?
Well, yes, we must say “yes” to at least one invitation – that one invitation from our Lord, the Child of Bethlehem.
He quietly asks to trust his Word and his promises – so that through faith in his name, we will bear the fruit of love and service that brings glory to the Heavenly Father.
So, even in this very busy and exciting season, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to say “yes” and reflect his love in our lives each day.
Enjoy this Season of Waiting!
Wendy Showalter, NLS Board President.
Consider how giving thanks to God daily will positively impact our lives. When we pause to acknowledge His blessings, we can live in a state of spiritual peace.
I pray that this week will spark an attitude of gratitude in each of our hearts. Let us embrace God’s never-ending love, inexhaustible grace and always-accessible presence in our lives.
Have a blessed and thankful Thanksgiving.
National VdC Board President