*How can we have a Merry Christmas?

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The reason to celebrate Christmas comes through scripture.

Luke 2:10,11 “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Real joy, everlasting joy, comes through Christ. So how do we receive this real joy?

John 15: 9-11, “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

The answer is to 1) follow Jesus and 2) keep His commandments. By doing this joy is woven into the fabric of your being – No heartache, strife, or loss can remove it; it is there forever (Hebrew 13:5).

Celebrate the season because a Savior has come. Good news of great joy, indeed!

Stephen John Spivey

 Instigator of Hope

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