What's your favorite Christmas memory?
Mine is a tradition my dad started when I was little. He always kicked off our Christmas morning by reading the nativity story from Luke's Gospel. All these years later, I can still see him sitting on our living room floor with Bible in hand, sharing the real meaning of Christmas.
It was so meaningful to me that I've continued the tradition with my family.
And what strikes me most every time I read the story is the angel's announcement to the shepherds…
Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).
The phrase that always moves me is "…will cause great joy…"
What is it about the birth of Jesus that causes great joy?
Luke gives us the first answer: Jesus is our Savior. He saved you from sin and death and set you free to know and enjoy Him forever!
The second answer is found in Matthew's account of the Christmas story. When the angel of the Lord told Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, he assured him that what was taking place was in fulfillment of prophecy…
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means "God with us") (Matthew 1:23).
The story of Christmas is about God stepping into our broken world to be with us, to save us, heal us, and make us His own—that's the great joy of Christmas!
And that's the message Basic Gospel shares year-round with people across the world. People like Bruce…
I am so grateful after listening to Basic Gospel…. Your Basic Gospel Journey CD helped set me totally free in Christ. I'm no longer sad and full of emotional pain. I'm now full of genuine joy and happiness, inside and out!
Stories like Bruce's are only possible through the generous support of friends like you.
But in order to reach even more people like him in the year ahead, it's critical we close the books on December 31 with $335,199 in hand!
That means your gift—postmarked by December 31—will go to…
- Proclaim the Good News to even more people across our nation and in Canada through partnerships with the Christian Satellite Network and Sirius XM radio.
- Reach more hurting and broken lives in 122 countries around the world that now have access to Gospel teaching through our online ministry.
- Provide continuous encouragement to more people through our Hear, Believe, Live daily e-devotional.
This world is full of pain. And today, you can help turn that pain to joy!
So please give by then to help reach this goal and share the joy of Jesus with more people in 2017.
To say thanks for your gift, we'll send you The Basic Gospel Journey CD, to help you experience more freedom, faith, and rest as you walk with Jesus Christ in the year ahead!
I'm deeply grateful for your generosity this Christmas. And I've no doubt that more lives will be changed through your support.
I look forward to hearing from you soon—and Merry Christmas! God bless,
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