Merry Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time to reflect on the Lord’s blessings and share that with friends. As 2017 comes to an end, Linett and I have celebrated the number 25. I graduated college and began Seminary 25 years ago. We got married 25 years ago. We were called to our first church 25 years ago. We celebrated with an anniversary trip which included a visit to all of those churches.

Our boys are good. Josh has completed his third semester at UL-Lafayette and is doing great. Dru is in the first grade. He has learned to read this year. We are incredibly blessed.

We have enjoyed a good ministry at First Baptist Church, Lafayette, this year. We emphasized prayer for a good part of this year. We pray that this emphasis changes us forever.

We pray that this Christmas day finds you celebrating “The Reasons that Jesus Came.”

Never forget that He came to . . .

• To Save Sinners–This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 2:15)

• To Bear Witness to the truth– Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. (John 18:37)

• To Give His Life a Ransom for Many– For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

And my favorite way to word the purpose of Jesus’ coming . . .

• To Destroy the Works of the Devil– For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

May your family celebrate all these reasons for the birth of our Savior.

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