Thanksgiving , Advent…Christmas 2013

I am thankful for my wife Doreen who stands with me and serves the Lord together fervently. For our 4 children and seeing God’s grace upon their lives. Praise God Paul has gone into a fine college, Sarah has started working. For our church’s folks that had been great companions in this journey of faith together to build a community that embodies the gospel of Christ and his aroma.
Very thankful for the greater revelation of Christ in my life through the gospel. I am more and more made aware of the profound power and impact that the gospel has on me, the church, and the city. The gospel is not only for our salvation only, but also for sanctification of our lives.
This year 2013 has been spectacular. I started my MA Religion with Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; enrolled my with Redeemer City-to-City Incubators course (2 years for church planters getting equipped to launch), and seeing some refreshing sovereign work of God in Hope NY Church that is amazing. Though we lost a few folks who left for mission, personal reasons, we start seeing some growth among the local New Yorkers. The words of Christ that says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” rings loud and clear.

Advent for Christmas is coming. It traditionally starts on Dec 1 till Christmas Eve. I have downloaded a great Advent devotion to prepare oneself before this awesome world changing time called Christmas, the birth of the Son of the Almighty God, the Creator of the universe, into this world, 2000 years ago in a humble manger in Bethlehem.

In 4 months’ time we will celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Christ, another momentous day when the world is profoundly changed for ever. Then we will have the Lent period.

I lament that many evangelicals/charismatics have lost track of these very fine godly institutionalized practices to bring soberness, and meditation of our souls on what the Lord Jesus has done for us. Let’s begin the journey!

Here is an excellent Advent.

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