A Wonderful Opportunity

170 men and women Joined us al the LeTourneau Christian Center’s annual Blessed Hope Christmas luncheon on December 1 to hear Susan introduce the Christmas season with her harp and Dr. Bill Morehouse speak on “Advent and God’s Family.”

A lively group of joyful believers and friends came together along the eastern shore of Canandaigua Lake to inaugurate this year’s Advent celebration of the nativity of our Lord. Susan and I made a great team as we took those gathered on a personal, historical, and Biblical tour of what Advent can mean to us, not only now but for the rest of our lives and even beyond. The birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus are amazing realities that are always wonderful to contemplate anew. After my brief presentation of the Nativity, Susan played a solo rendition of “What Child is This“. I then followed by interweaving a brief testimony about how God entered, transformed, and continues to illuminate my heart from the inside out and then showed how each of us can draw even more encouragement from our shared faith in Christ and His finished work. We closed with Susan playing “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” and a reminder that our Lord is coming again! As the apostle John wrote in Revelation 21.3, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.’” Emmanuel has come; He is with us; and He is coming again! Hallelujah!

After enjoying a delicious holiday meal prepared and lovingly served to us by the LeTourneau staff, Susan and I manned a very successful book table stocked with her harp CDs and an assortment of my books as we met, chatted, and prayed with a number of guests, including several of our friends and acquaintances from years past who had come to share the event with us. Click here if you’d like to read a copy of my message (without its spontaneously humorous and otherwise edifying enhancements which came during delivery).