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December 6, 2022

3 Points To Ponder

"God uses broken things to reveal Himself more completely to us. Take the cross. A broken instrument of death was used to bring life eternal. What brokenness in your life do you need to turn over to God to bring new life?"

"Sometimes our vision can see beauty more clearly when refined through a season of pain. Are you allowing the pain of your past to give you a clearer vision of the beauty around you?"

"Life has breathtaking moments for all of us. Little gifts are given to uplift your spirits and instill a bit of hope. When is the last time your breath was taken away in a good way from something you experienced?"

2 Quotes To Share

“It is not the finest wood that feeds the fire of divine love, but the wood of the cross.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola

“The shadow of the cross looms over the manger. When you understand that, you understand Christmas.” - John MacArthur

1 Story of Impact

This past week, I was in Abaco Island, Bahamas, preparing for the 2023 ministry launching in this location. On Saturday, we took a ferry out to the quaint town of Hopetown, located on Elbow Cay. As we explored the Cay, we stumbled upon this old church with a picturesque view of the Atlantic Ocean. When we walked to the back of the church, a simple cross caught my attention. It wasn’t elegant or extravagant, much like the real cross. Although the cross is now a beautified symbol of the Christian faith, we must remember it was an instrument of brutal death. So much pain and grotesque suffering happened on a cross. When I looked through the cross on that Hopetown beach, the beauty behind it was stunning. Breathtakingly beautiful, in fact. The real cross is the same way. When we look at what is behind the cross, the love of God to send His Son to die for you and me, it is breathtakingly beautiful. The very punishment that brought us peace was upon Him. By His wounds, we are healed. I found it fitting that in Hopetown, God revealed a unique picture for me as we kick off this Christmas Season. For it is when we understand the cross, we grasp the meaning of Christmas. True beauty is through the cross. There is always hope, friends. Always. 
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