Thursday, December 3, 2009

Family Connection

Family Connection
This month in Flight School we are teaching on Compassion-caring enough to do something about someone else’s need; and what better month to do it than the month we are focused on Jesus’ birth. I’m amazed when I think of the lengths God went to in order to save us from our sins. God showed us the greatest compassion conceivable by sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Just think for a moment about the following verse: “God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son. Whoever believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life.”-John 3:16 NIrV; what great and glorious news!!
On December 5, 2007, Jennifer, Kenny, Josh and I met Sofie for the first time. We were in a government building in Changsha, China when this little girl walked into our lives. Sofie was 7 at the time and I remember the joy I felt when our eyes met for the first time. We celebrate this every year as a family and we call it “gotcha” day. This is a day of celebration for everyone in our family as the day when Sofie joined our family and our lives were forever changed for the better.
Do you realize that each of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior have our own “gotcha” day? That’s the day when we were adopted into God’s family and our lives were eternally changed for the better. During this Christmas season, I would encourage you to talk with the children in your life about that “gotcha” day and the changes God has brought, and is bringing, into your life. Take the time to focus on God’s great gift of Jesus and His provision through Him. Talk about why it was so important for Jesus to be born in that stable so He could grow up living a sinless life and take our place on the cross. The wonderful thing about Christmas is, it points to Easter. Celebrating the birth of Jesus is a wonderful thing but without His death, burial and resurrection we wouldn’t ever be able to celebrate our “gotcha day” and spend forever in Heaven with Him.
I challenge you to take time to talk about these things with the children in your life. We will be talking about the same things with the children who attend Basic Training and Flight School each weekend.
Partnering with you,
Brett Humphrey
Pastor H

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