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Airport Road

Church of Christ 

~The Airport Road Church of Christ~
          Loving God, loving people and bringing the two together
    VOLUME 49         Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022          Number 50

FROM YOUR MINISTER:  Merry Christmas! The coming of Jesus has, indeed, changed history! The last sermon in our series is today and revolves around the visit from the wise men who came seeking the newborn king. Years ago I saw a quote that has stuck with me. “Wise men still seek Him!” That word ‘seek’ is mentioned over 250 times in scripture. A third of those are about seeking God! The first of these is- “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29). I was intrigued years ago to find out that in Greek the command to seek usually denotes continual action—seek and keep seeking! May we truly keep seeking our Savior and friend!
“Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!” (1 Chronicles 16:10)

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:  It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did ... for millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him.  - Frederick Buechner

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE:  Matthew 2:1-2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

FAMILY NEWS: Ladies Bible class will resume Wednesday evening, January 4. The monthly Ladies Luncheon will be Thursday, January 12, 12:30 at Allison’s house.
Sunday, January 1 will be a great day as we get back to Bible classes at 10:00 and worship at 11:00! We will also be passing communion trays, but individual servings will be available too. Happy New Year!

The World’s Ugliest Christmas Tree
Because of God's tender mercy, the light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. (Luke 1:78-79)

I can remember when I was a young boy how we always used to go into the woods around our home to cut down our Christmas tree. There always seemed to be the perfect pine just waiting for us to cut down and decorate with happy hearts.

One year, though, when I was no more than five years old I was allowed to go on the tree hunt. As we hiked through the woods I saw probably the ugliest, most lopsided, and scraggly pine tree ever. To my five year old heart, however, it seemed like a great choice. I can remember my Dad cutting it down over my brothers' protests and my Mom decorating the weak, sagging limbs as best she could. I still have an old picture my brother and me standing in front of the world's ugliest Christmas tree.

What warms my heart about this memory is that my Mom and Dad didn't mind if the tree didn't look good or decorate up nicely. They only cared that I loved it and wanted it for our tree. They knew that the true meaning of Christmas didn't come from the lights, decorations, or presents. They knew the true meaning of Christmas came from the love and joy we shared with each other and the love that God had for each and everyone of us.

These days my tree is artificial and I smile when I look in the woods and think of all the ugly, little Christmas trees I am saving by having it. The love and joy I share with my family and everyone else remains the same, though, at Christmas time and all through the year. It is a glorious gift from God that keeps on giving and giving and giving.

John Greenleaf Whittier once wrote, "Somehow not only for Christmas but all the long year through, the joy that you give others is the joy that comes back to you." Merry Christmas to you. May your tree always be full of light and your heart always be full of love no matter if your tree is scraggly, artificial, or perfect.    

                                                                                        ~Heartlight.org

PRAYERTIME: Seeking God is based in prayer. ~Brewster We extend our Christian love to the family of our sister Marjorie Hendersen who passed into Glory last week. We will share further information as it is received. It has been a difficult year for Arin Reiutz, and she is now recovering from COVID. Please keep her in thought and prayer. James Fisher’s mother, Mary is at home slowly recovering from a stroke. Please keep the family in prayer.  Continue praying for Aulika and Mickey, Steve Beach, Diana Buffaloe and family, Gary Crowder’s son Reuben and his brother Glenn as he continues physical therapy,  Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, Ken Jarman, Ruth Kromka,  Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Al Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson, and John Wood.  We are blessed to be able to pray for others! Mark 14:38 Keep watching and praying, so that you will not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.


Guide me lord, you are my heart
You are my strength, you are my hope.
Teach me Lord, and guide my way
I love you more each passing day. ~Praywithme.com

                       ~The Airport Road Church of Christ~
          Loving God, loving people and bringing the two together
    VOLUME 49         Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022          Number 49

FROM YOUR MINISTER:  I love this season! This year is especially beautiful with clear skies and beautiful snow. I am, however used to days that are a little warmer! As we consider the story of Jesus, it unfolds beautifully. Baby in a manger to a refugee in Egypt…12 year old in the temple to a descending dove in the Jordan… victorious encounters with Satan to miracles and healings… acceptance to rejection… crucifixion to resurrection to glory! Just look at that as a timeline; from birth to Heaven, Jesus was a work in progress!  One of the lessons in His coming is that, as His children, we are all works in progress! “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Let’s keep going--- He did!


QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:  “...And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes are at fault, that is all. God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

THIS WEEK FROM THE BIBLE:  Luke 2:10-11  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.

FAMILY NEWS: There will be no Ladies Bible class until Wednesday evening, January 4

Sunday, January 1 will be a great day as we get back to Bible classes at 10:00 and worship at 11:00! We will also be passing communion trays, but individual servings will be available too. Happy New Year!
 

As Christmas Day Approaches by Billy Graham                                                                                                              No other day on the calendar catches the imagination of young and old alike as does Christmas. It’s a high and holy day—a day when the veil is drawn back and we get a fresh view of eternity. Such a vision of truth should be spread near and far.

Over 2,000 years ago, on a night the world has come to call Christmas, a young Jewish maiden went through the experience countless mothers had before her, and would since: She brought forth a child. But this was no ordinary child. This was the unique Son of God, sent from Heaven to save us from our sins (Matthew 2:11).

Christmas should be a day when our minds go back to Bethlehem, beyond the noise of our materialistic world, to hear the soft flutter of angels’ wings. God did not send His heavenly angelic hordes to accomplish His majestic purpose, but He sent a tiny, tender, helpless babe in the person of His son.

But why did Jesus leave heaven’s glory and come down to live amid earth’s filth and corruption? He came for one reason: to save us from our sins. Christmas is the most thrilling season of the year because its message is that Jesus brings joy and love through His sacrificial gift of forgiveness and redemption.

Don’t leave Jesus in the manger; don’t remember Him only at Christmas. Instead, learn to walk with Him every day, as you pray and read His Word and ask Him to help you.

Christmas is about receiving and giving. Give the gift of the true Christmas story—that God gave His Son so that mankind would receive Him. Let’s focus not on our own joys but making others joyful. The greatest gift we can give others is to tell them about the most wonderful Gift God has bestowed on the whole world.

My prayer today is that the message of this Christmas time will be a personal message to you that Jesus will be Prince of Peace in your life and will bring peace and satisfaction and joy to you.                 

PRAYERTIME: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. ~Apostle John

We extend our Christian love to Diana Buffaloe upon the passing of her husband Ed. Diana was hospitalized due to chemo complications and now her son and daughter in law have come from California to help in her care. We continue in prayer. James Fisher’s mother, Mary is at home recovering from a mild stroke. Please keep the family in prayer.  Continue praying for Aulika and Mickey, Steve Beach, Gary Crowder’s son Reuben and his brother  Glenn as he recovers from  surgery and begins physical therapy,  Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, Marjorie Hendersen, Ken Jarman, Ruth Kromka,  Grecia and Tristan Ramirez, Arin Reiutz Al Sheehan, the Van Grimbergens, Kim Wilson, and John Wood.  We are blessed to be able to pray for others! Mark 14:35 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began praying that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.
 

Holy Lord, Thank You for grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me the strength and wisdom to look up and see the hope I run toward in Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Gwen Smith