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An Extraordinary Commitment

At the time of Christ's birth, the heavens announced His advent with a sign, a "new star". The wise men from the east let this star guide them to the region in which Jesus was born. When the star was no longer visible, they came to Jerusalem to inquire saying in Matt 2:2, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."

These men came from approximately 700 miles to worship a king, not their own and to offer Him untold treasure, on the basis of a star which took months of study to determine from whence it came. Now, 'till something better comes along, I think this should qualify as an "extraordinary commitment".

In comparison with the number of signs He has given us (His resurrection, testimonies of those in relationship with Him, miracles He's done for you) how much effort have we made to come and worship Jesus? Whatever the answer might be, let these wise men inspire us to offer Him our best this Christmas season. Live right, live well...

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The Bond of True Friendship

In Luke 1 Mary, being pregnant with the Christ child, visits her relative Elizabeth. The angel has informed Mary that Elizabeth is with child by supernatural intervention just as she. This revelation of common experience bonds Mary to Elizabeth before they even greet. Still, the tie would grow, reciprocally strengthened by Elizabeth's response to Mary's, "hello".

Upon Mary's salutation, the child in Elizabeth's womb leaps for joy and she begins to prophesy about the baby Mary is carrying. Instantly a bond is formed which strengthens both of their resolve to endure the persecution of men & to train their children properly.

They say wealthy is the man who has one real friend. If so, Mary and Elizabeth deeply enriched one another's life. May God allow us to befriend the one who would make that which the Lord has inspired in us leap for joy. Live right, live well...

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