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The Night Before Christmas

December 21, 2012

The Old Testament prophesied about a Messiah that would come to save the world.  The worse circumstances got, the more the Israelites clung to the hope of the Messiah.  But for years He did not come.  Until finally, after 400 years of silence from the prophets, a baby was born in Bethlehem that would grow up to save the people from their sins.  This baby was the promised light in a world of darkness.  For many, Christmas can be a dark time due to difficult circumstances.  Clinging to the hope we have in Christ can get us through the difficulties because we know that at our darkest time there is a light to come soon after.

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According to the Old Testament Law, after a woman has given birth she is supposed to bring an offering to sacrifice at the temple and it was to be either a young lamb or fowls.  After Mary gave birth to Jesus, she followed this Law by bringing fowls to the temple to be sacrificed.  Little did she know that she had also brought a lamb, the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world.  It was not until 33 years later that she stood at the foot of His cross as He beheld His mother and instructed His disciple to look after her.  Mary was not a perfect woman, hence the necessity for sacrifice after Christ’s birth, but it was through her that the greatest sacrifice of all was made for mankind.
December 20, 2012
All parts of creation pointed to Jesus coming as the Savior of the world.  When Mary was pregnant, she went with her fiancé, Joseph, to his hometown Bethlehem, fulfilling a prophecy that the Messiah would be born there.  Jesus came to earth in the poorest of conditions, being born in a stable, so that no one could claim that they are worse of than He was.  And even the people that God chose to proclaim the news to first that the Messiah had come were the smelly, poor shepherds.  The Savior was born, and even the creation of the stars told of this event, leading the wise men to the stable in Bethlehem where He lay.  This baby boy would be the Lamb that was slain to save the whole world.
December 19, 2012
When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, there was no room for them to stay anywhere except for a stable with the animals.  This is where Mary gave birth to the Son of God.  Jesus came to earth in a humble manner so that no one can say He was more privileged than them.  Many put up a “No Vacancy” sign on their heart and do not let Him in, but when they finally turn off the flashing “No” they realize that Jesus can change their heart of stone to that of flesh and it can change their life.  
December 18, 2012
In the Biblical times, the people would set up stones as a tool for remembrance of God’s help for them. We are told of a story about the Israelites who wasted 20 years because they did not repent and follow the Lord. It was not until they repented, made a sacrifice, and obeyed Him that they were able to receive His help in defeating their enemies. Sacrifice is always necessary in repentance, but the longer we wait to repent the more we experience the consequences of our choices. God’s deliverance always comes when we call on Him, and it is important that we remember His help just as the Israelites did when they set up a stone and named it Ebenezer, meaning “God has helped us thus far.”
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Authentic... Genuine... Sincere... This guy is the real deal. He loves God. He loves his wife Rebecca and his 3 daughters. He loves people. He loves his job. He loves Texas BBQ. He loves an occasional round of golf. And he loves the Dallas Cowboys (but don’t hold that against him!).

Richard grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil, coming back to the states to finish his education. He graduated from Baylor University in 1982 with a BA in Oral Communications, and earned his MDIV in 1985 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, making him the sixth generation of pastors in his family. His early days of ministry included serving for three years as the Single Adults Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Dallas.

Then in 1997, Richard Ellis founded Reunion Church, a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, non-denominational church in the heart of Dallas,Texas. Dallas needed a church like it. And it would need a pastor like Richard. So Reunion Church was born. And now the radio show and the website ( join the Reunion Church community under the leadership of this guy. And we’re all the better for it!

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