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Hobert's Homily: “Cultivating Friendships”
December 2018

  "And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you,” 1 Chronicles 28:20.

  Thanksgiving is past, but giving of thanks should not be.

  Think of the message of the Messiah at Christmas. It too is for us every day. Ponder the courage, faith, humility and joy in the Christmas accounts.

  Most people today reject traditional truth. Postmodernism says truth is defined by social and historical contexts. Therefore, what was true yesterday may no longer be true today.

  Christians can be infected by postmodernism without realizing it. They can become skeptical of the Bible as a source of eternal truth. They can question whether one set of values, morals, and doctrines can be the same for every generation. Moses, when instructing parents about raising their children, took no such view. The instructions contained in God’s covenant were to be permanently incorporated into the lives of families in Israel, generation after generation. Times may change, but God never changes (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). God’s Word (1 Peter 1:23) and His will (1 John 2:17) remain the same.

  As you live and help to prepare your children and grandchildren and others for living in changing times, do everything possible to see that they build their lives on what never changes: God’s Word (Isaiah 40:8).

  As we read the Christmas message and other portions of God’s Word that include prayers let’s seek to pray the truth into our lives so that we can know the blessings of God and share the blessings of God’s truth with others. We are blessed to be a blessing including sharing the Good News that God the Father sent His Son to be our Savior. Because of Jesus we are or can be saved to life after death. And we have life after birth – a life with and for Jesus after spiritual birth. Praise the Lord for the privilege of encouraging each other to live that way. Thank you for your partnership in Christ! Pray for those sharing the advent readings each Sunday, special music, the Kids Program December 23 and Christmas Eve service at 7 pm.