“What do you give someone who has nothing?”

Feeling lazy this morning! It’s Day 2 of Holiday… yesterday there was only the menu to do, and today it’s even easier–just the grocery list. Don’t even have to make supper tonight! We have a unique way of celebrating Sam’s birthday: go to an Elder’s party. :) This is the second year that’s happened. But tonight will be perfect, since Ev makes such delicious scalloped potatoes, and ham & said potatoes is a fave meal of Sam’s!

You know The Kid is growing up getting old(er), when you don’t even have to get him a birthday gift… besides the Live Theatre we’re going to on Thursday. :)

OK Lazy Bones (said to Self), get on to the sermon notes. Our church’s Advent series has been “God’s Gracious Gifts” (Hope, Peace, Joy…), ending with Love–“Christ, the Greatest Gift”. Craig did his usual wonderful job, reminding us that this Gift is an antidote for sin: which is not first of all what we do, but what we do because of who we are.

Three elements of Christ, the greatest gift:

  • the Giver–it is all God, meaning there is nothing we can do to earn this gift; rather we must imitate God in giving unconditionally.
  • the Nature of the gift–we are given righteousness through Christ’s death, and thereby a restored relationship with God.
  • the Receiver: we don’t have this gift until we have accepted it–actually “opened” it. “What do you give a person who thinks they need nothing?” You have to realize your need of this Gift, before you can receive it.

The unique thing about this Gift, is that you can share it again and again, and the “magic” never runs out–in fact, giving it away actually multiplies it. That’s because it doesn’t run on Duracell batteries, but on the Holy Spirit!

“Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one man’s sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God’s gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do!” (Romans 5:15)

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