If there is a single word that describes what Christmas is all about, it’s the little word “joy.” Several of our favorite carols mention it: “Joy to the world, the Lord is come,” “O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,” “Shepherds, why this jubilee, why your joyous strains prolong?” “Good Christian men, rejoice, with heart and soul and voice,” “Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies, with th’ angelic host proclaim, ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem.’”

Do you really feel joyful this Christmas? It’s not hard to feel joy when Christmas is going good. But it’s not always easy to feel joyful. Sometimes Christmas can be met with depression and despair. Part of our problem is that we’ve got the wrong idea about joy. We tend to connect joy with happiness and think that joy depends on our circumstances. But like the kids song, we have the joy, joy, joy, joy ‘down in my heart.’  In spite of what’s going on we can have Christmas joy this year.

If you are looking for Christmas joy, I suggest that you make sure you get to Faith Baptist this Sunday, December 15, at 10:30 a.m.

For starters, we have the annual Children’s Christmas Program. This is always the highlight of the year as we never know what to expect from our youngest believers. This year they will also present a Christian adaptation of the Grinch. It’s called “How the Grinch Found Christmas.” They have been practicing for memorable performance. I think you will experience Christmas joy from the children.

In addition, this Sunday I will continue my sermon series, The Gifts of Christmas, with Christmas Joy. After Jesus was born, angels proclaimed “good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10) to some shepherds. In my sermon from Luke 2:8-20 I will share four activities the shepherds did that brought them joy – hear about Jesus, meet Jesus, worship Jesus, share Jesus. These are things you can also do to increase your Christmas joy this year. I believe life’s greatest joy is to meet Jesus as personal Savior. There is also a deep joy when you share Jesus with others. I hope this Christmas will be a holiday of great joy for you and those you love.

Join me this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Greg Burdine – Faith Baptist Church

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