Message From Andy (Youth Minister)

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
-      Isaiah 9:6

Wow!  Can anyone believe it is December?  Maybe it was Thanksgiving being late this year, but December really snuck up on me this year.  In just a few weeks, we will be into the 3rd decade of the 21st century!  December is a hectic time for me, but I’ve committed myself this year to focusing on the REASON we celebrate CHRISTmas!   We are doing something new for the month of December in Youth this year!  Beginning December 1st, we will be reading a daily devotion together called Behold the Savior  and discussing it in Sunday School and ROOTZ.  My prayer is that this daily focus on Christ as the center of Christmas will help us each remember God’s unbelievable gift whom we celebrate this month.   I want to share with you a little from the devotion for December 1st:   Read Isaiah 9:6 and take a moment to mentally rework what all you’re expecting. This verse was a prophecy made hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Through Isaiah, God showed His people what to expect when His Son would one day break through to our world. This expectation is a big part of what Christmas is all about.    If you could make a list of the things you’re expecting this Christmas, what would it look like? Where on your list would you find the aspects of our faith that are so important this time of year? Things like hope, joy, peace, and most of all, a Savior?   Let’s each devote ourselves to celebrating God’s Gift of His Son every day of December!     Kristy, Luke and I wish each of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and pray that God will bless each of you in 2020!

Andy