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From Pastor Kevin – December 21, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Messiah,

It certainly is strange having so little snow so far this year.  My snow blower is sitting in the shed just waiting…so far…nothing much is happening.  We may get a few inches on Wednesday night…we shall see.

Leslie’s sister and husband made it up from Dallas, TX yesterday; that means we have two of the three sisters at our house for Christmas.  It is nice to get to visit with all of  them.  Our sons AJ and Matt (and his family) will be up in January.  We are hoping the snow will have started by then as that is the reason they are coming up; they have never seen that much snow before.

Last week was our last time for Bible Studies until January and today is the final Youth Group meeting.  We are also planning on no Sunday School for next Sunday.  We will be having our usual Christmas Eve candle light service at 7PM and the usual service the next Sunday.  Both services will be live streamed, and it looks like all of our technical equipment will be functioning again.  Very thankful to Doug and Jim for all their hard work in getting things back up and running again.

This month the messages have been looking at Jesus in the Old Testament…in the three parts of the Jewish Old Testament…the Law, the Prophets and the Writings.  We began in the Law where we see Jesus is the seed of the woman, born to crush the power of satan.  He is also seen in the promise to Abraham…that one of his descendants will be a blessing to the whole earth.  Jesus is also the descendent of David who will sit on His throne forever.  He is the Good Shepherd; He will be forsaken by God as He takes our sins on Himself to be our atoning sacrifice.  This week was Jesus in the prophets.  It is so amazing all that we can see of the Promised Messiah in what God has recorded for us in the Old Testament.  Jesus is to be born of a virgin, He is to be Immanuel, God with us.  Jesus is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace…  He is wounded for our transgressions and He is the Good News…the Promise of the New Covenant written on our hearts.  I pray that you have a Merry Christmas and that you rejoice in the Savior that has been born for us.

By God’s Amazing Grace,
Pastor Kevin Hausman

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