Making Christmas Worshipful

“Getting Ready for Christmas.” Read Matthew 2:1-6.

Christmas is upon us. What a wonderful time of the year.

I hope that you will make Christmas a worshipful event in your life wherever you live and wherever you worship.

Let me give you some ideas of how you can make it more meaningful.

First, find a place to worship on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. If you live in our area, join us for Christmas Eve services this Tuesday at 3:00, 4:30, or 6:00. Our services will have joyful singing, the Lord’s Supper, a children’s sermon, and a gospel message.

Second, find someone to help or some ministry to support. Our Christmas Eve service ends with an offering taken for the poor. We use the money given to care for benevolent needs in our community.

I would also encourage you to give for mission work around the world. First Baptist Covington supports work through the International Mission Board. This agency sends out more than 4,000 missionaries (and their 4,000 children) supported by local churches through their weekly offerings and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Last year these missionaries presented the gospel to more than 1,400,000 people; baptized more than 266,000 new believers; started more than 24,ooo churches, and took the gospel to 133 new people groups.

Third, make Christmas last all year long. You can do this by being faithful to God and His church each day. Worship Christmas Eve and the Sunday after Christmas. Sunday we will have our three Sunday worship services at the regular times (but no Bible Fellowship Groups).

I would also encourage you to participate in groups to enhance your biblical understanding and spiritual growth.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year when we follow it with obedience and faith.

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  1. Great message preached on how to remove the “Stain of Sin.” Then recognizing that once the Spiritual Sin Stain is removed the attack of flesh sin stains continue; everyone needs help: on every level the help must come. Interesting how the world incorporates God’s intentions (paradigm) for His and repackages it in various ways. Even when repackaged and redirected His paradigm Works! The following is a list from a Yahoo post I have named: Stains in life removed. I would argue that the temporal are not the only practical issues each whose heart beats at some time will confront. Thank you for the message on the Paradigm of removing Life Stains that matter, eternally. I suspect it (the message) will be soon seen in your blog.

    Stains in life removed:
    1. Soak red wine stains in white wine, then cover the stain with a thick baking soda paste. Let it sit a few hours, then wash as usual.
    2. Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on dry-cleaning hangers against the fabric.
    3. If you get an oil stain on your favorite leather handbag (Chanel, maybe?), coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.
    4. Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing grease and oil stains from clothing.
    5. Use shaving cream and a washcloth to remove liquid makeup from shirt collars.
    6. If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it.
    7. To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear. To de-scuff suede, use an eraser or nail file.
    8. Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain.
    9. If blush or bronzer breaks in your handbag, pre-moistened makeup removing wipes will clean up the loose powder flawlessly.
    10. Spritzed some perfume onto your silk dress by accident? Apply a few drops of denatured alcohol on a cheesecloth pad and sponge the area from the outside in.
    11. According to Cleaning Tips, remove to stubborn sweats stains by applying a mixture of cream of tartar, crushed aspirin, and warm water to the area. Wait twenty minutes, then rinse with warm water.
    12. To remove watermarks from leather boots, add a few drops of vinegar to a bowl of cool water and scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer visible. Let dry overnight.
    13. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.
    14. Use a lemon wedge to remove excess or streaky self-tanner on your body.
    15. Spilled coffee or tea? Sponge the stain with lukewarm water before gently blotting with a bit of glycerin.
    16. Spray shirts prone to sweat stains with lemon juice before washing. The natural acid dissolves alkaline sweat reside that could cause yellow discoloration.
    17. If you’ve dripped chocolate onto a silk garment, scrape off as much as possible with a blunt edge, then gently brush the stain with warm, soapy water. According to Cleaning Tips, If the brown mark remains, sponge it with a solution of equal parts denatured alcohol and household ammonia, then rinse it with warm water.
    18. According AskMen, fresh blood stains are best removed by soaking the garment in cold water with a sprinkle of ammonia for 20 minutes. If the stain has already set, dampen it with warm water, then apply some unseasoned (this is important) meat tenderizer, making a paste over the stain. Cover with a paper towel and make sure it stays moist. The next day, rinse off the paste with water mixed with a little bit of ammonia and wash normally.
    19. To remove ink stains on cotton, gently use rubbing alcohol, then wash. If it’s on polyester, spray liberally with hair spray and pat with a clean, dry cloth, before throwing the item into the machine.
    20. Remember: When it comes to stains, never forcefully rub or pound-this further ingrains marks. Instead, always blot.

    Praise for the One who Blots out our stains!


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