“PASTOR PAUL’S PARAGRAPHS”
Dear Members and Friends of Sweetwater Baptist Church:
Blessings!! It is so hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. This is always such a meaningful season in the life of the Sweetwater Baptist Church. You will certainly want to consult the December calendar for the dates and times for all the special events planned throughout the month. You don’t want to miss any of the wonderful activities and special services that we have planned.
Christmas is a time of exchanging gifts with one another. This tradition comes from the Wise Men who presented Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-11). God has certainly blessed us with many gifts that are recorded in the Bible. James 1:17 reminds us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights . . . .” (ESV) I want to encourage you during this Christmas season to reflect on the following divine gifts from God.
- JESUS HIMSELF
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten God, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
- ETERNAL LIFE
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God.” Ephesians 2:8
- HOLY SPIRIT
“. . . Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit . . . .” Acts 2:38
As you reflect on the precious gifts of God in your life, be thankful and appreciative for His many blessings this Christmas season. Merry Christmas!!
With a Pastor’s Love,