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Merry Christmas

With the commercialization of Christmas, its real meaning is often obscured. If we aren’t careful, the tinsel and the wrappings will blot out the star and the straw of Bethlehem. What is the real meaning of Christmas?

• Christmas is for family. The song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is more than just a perennial favorite. It is the desire of almost every one of us.

• Christmas is for friends. Friendship is not about those you’ve known the longest. It is about those who came and never left your side. A friend is someone who walks in when everyone else walks out.  And as Ann Landers said, “It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” So, remember them with a card or a call.

• Christmas is for Christ. Don’t forget whose birthday we celebrate. As the angel said, “Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” Take time to worship him and give to the needy in his name.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from the Paul W. Powell Legacy Library team!

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Today's Devotional

On Faith and Works

One of the common denominators of all world religions except Christianity is that they do not correlate faith and works. In Christianity there is the closest correlation between them. In fact the Bible says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

The Bible is clear: a workless faith is worthless faith. 

Faith and works must be balanced in true religion. Faith in God and commitment to Jesus Christ are foundational. No man becomes a Christian merely by being good. Faith is the soil from which good works must grow. Real Christian faith always brings forth the fruit of good works. The true follower of Christ first believes, then he serves. As Dr. Perry Webb, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio, once said, “A religion that does not look out and reach out and help out is washed out.”

Let us then put our faith into action and thus prove to all the world that it is not dead. 

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