Dear Friends,

Kathy and I love Xmas movies.  We actually start watching them on Thanksgiving morning.  My favorite is Polar Express.  Many Christmas movies are based on the premise that a child stopped believing in Santa because he or she didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas.

Do you realize that what you really want for Christmas God will give you?  Not stuff, but Real Life, the Good Life is what we want! 

If you look up “real life” you find that it is used to mean life outside the internet, which they call “virtual life.”

If you look up “the good life” you will probably be directed to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in which he describes the good life as a combination of intellectual values with virtues of character to arrive at the highest good.  For virtue of character he suggests that we must possess courage, temperance and generosity that he believes will result in happiness. 

It sounds a little shallow to me (and that is from one of the world’s greatest thinkers) when I compare this with what I find that God desires for us as recorded in Scripture.  Jesus has more to offer.  

In the classic movie Fiddler on the Roof they sing the song, “L’chaim.” This means God is the source of abundant life, fullness of life, joyous life.  As Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b).

God promises that you can get your heart’s desire, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). 

So what is it you really want?  What is the genuine desire of your heart?  It is the same things that God desires to give you.  It is what Jesus promised for you.  Here is a GOOD LIFE Christmas list…and it’s not too late to get these gifts:

1.  Victory over sin and death

Romans 8:37 (NLT) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

2.  Fullness of Joy

1 Peter 1:8 (NIV84) Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

3.  Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

4.  Unconditional Love

Ephesians 3:19 (NLT) May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

5.  Compassionate Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3–4a (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.

6.  Wise Guidance

Psalm 32:8 (NLT) The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

7.  Encouraging Hope

1 Peter 1:3–4 (NIV84) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you,

During this Christmas season and in this New Year…

Colossians 3:2–4 (NKJV) Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Have you received these gifts from the Lord this Christmas?  If not, turn to Him and simply ask.  He is delighted to give them abundantly.

Onward L’chaim,

Pastor Gary