Already Found

By Red Miller

“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:15-22

Driving with his uncle one evening before Christmas, a six-year-old grandson noticed Venus brightly shining in the southern sky. He asked if it might be the star that led the wise men to Bethlehem. “Maybe,” his uncle answered, “but we don’t have to go and search for Jesus. They already found Him.”

God continued to reveal his Son, but not to those we might expect. Luke records that Jesus’ birth was announced to shepherds in the fields. These may have been the shepherds who supplied the lambs for the temple sacrifices that were performed for the forgiveness of sin. Here the angels invited the shepherds to greet the Lamb of God (John 1:36), who would take away the sins of the whole world forever.

What a birth announcement! The shepherds were terrified, but their fear turned to joy as the angels announced the Messiah’s birth. First the shepherds ran to see the baby; then they spread the word. Jesus is your Messiah, your Savior. Do you look forward to meeting him in prayer and in his Word each day? Have you discovered a Lord so wonderful that you can’t help sharing your joy with your friends as the shepherds did?

The greatest event in history had just happened! The Messiah had been born! For ages the Jews had waited for this, and when it finally occurred, the announcement came to humble shepherds. The good news about Jesus is that he comes to all, including the plain and the ordinary. He comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept him. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can have Jesus in your life. Don’t think you need extraordinary qualifications—he accepts you as you are.

The story of Jesus’ birth resounds with music that has inspired composers for 2,000 years. It is the basis of modern choral works, traditional Christmas carols, and ancient liturgical chants.

Anita and I wish you all a blessed and Joyful Christmas!

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy! Phil.1:4

Already Found | December 2015

Driving with his uncle one evening before Christmas, a six-year-old grandson noticed Venus brightly shining in the southern sky. He asked if it might be the star that led the wise men to Bethlehem. Read more

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Three men were discussing the proper position and attitude for prayer. Read more

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An hour spent in private time with God is truly a “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” Read more.

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Why can’t I just do devotions on my own? Read more.

Life in the Blood | July-August  2015

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Count Your Blessings | June  2015

God has blessed us so much it seems as though we take Him for granted and don’t recognize his many blessings. Read more.

Easter Afterglow | May  2015

The resurrection is too significant an event to be crowded into a one day of celebration. Read more.

I Am the Light of the World | April  2015

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God accepts our broken selves and begins to work in us. Read more.

Transformed by Grace | March  2015

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God accepts our broken selves and begins to work in us. Read more.

Rejoice | February  2015

There are days when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we want to do is rejoice, especially this time of year when the days are short but seem long. Read more.

New Year Harmony | January  2015

Each of us has a place in God’s grand symphony. Read more.

The Man and the Birds | December 2014

I have a favorite contemporary Christmas story. Read more.

Corporate Worship | November 2014

One of the most striking things about corporate worship in the New Testament is the focus on building up the whole body. Read more.

Why Worry? | October 2014

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Love One Another | September 2014

It is said that the old apostle John insisted on being with his congregation in Ephesus for every meeting. Read more.

Moving On | July-August 2014

A new Pastor came to town. After about a month the church received a bill for lawn work at the parsonage. Read more.

New Beginnings | June 2014

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Spring Forward | May 2014

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Easter Hope | April 2014

One Ash Wednesday, I attended a graveside funeral service for a 16-year-old boy, the son of family friends. He had died in an automobile accident days before. Read more.

Running the Race | March 2014

While watching the Olympics one is struck with how much focus it takes to even credibly compete in the Games. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. Read more.

Some Thoughts on Prayer | February 2014

Three men were discussing the proper position and attitude for prayer. Read more.

New Beginnings | January 2014

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In Defense of Santa | December 2013

The secular celebration of Christmas is often criticized, and perhaps rightly so. It seems that each year the signs of the secular celebration comes earlier. Read more.

Teach Us to Pray | November 2013

On one hand, prayer is so simple that even a child can pray. On the other hand, even the most spiritually mature Christian men and women sometimes struggle with prayer. Read more.

Prayer Opportunities | October 2013

The Prayer Cluster was started several years ago to form a group of people who pray for each other. Read more.

Why Pray? | September 2013

If God already knows our needs, why is it necessary for the Christian to pray? Read more.

The Mind of Christ | July/August 2013

As I pray and meditate about support for new our new Pastor Jennifer Jue, I wonder how we can best support her. Read more.

Can Pastor Do It All? | June 2013

Moses was spending so much time and energy hearing the Hebrews’ complaints that he could not get to other important work. Read more.

A Disturbing Story April 2013

Jesus came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. Read more.

For God So Loved | March 2013

The owner of a photography studio tells the story of a college boy who came in with a framed picture of his girlfriend. Read more.