The glorious day when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus is just over a week away and the excitement is in the air everywhere in anticipation of this annual event! In honor of this wonderful day and season of Advent, Leanne and I wanted to share our hopes and prayers for you this Christmas so checkout our second venture into the media world of video below. :)
For the second weekend in a row, we held two Access-Life Outpost Jingle and Mingle Christmas events. This past Saturday there were ones in Central Florida and West Palm Beach. They both had the usual seasonal and festive art, craft, game, snack and singing activities but also featured a few unique surprises like live dulcimer music and a gingerbread man appearance. :)
There were over 40 attendees in Central Florida and 146 folks in West Palm Beach which brings the total to over 400 people who attended the four Jingle and Mingles from Texas and Tennessee to Central Florida and West Palm Beach. Each one filled with the fun of celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus!
That’s whole point of Christmas, right? The reason we have hope, joy, peace and love. Jesus truly is the reason for the season and why Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year.
We hope you enjoy the smiles in the photo collage above and if you want to see more photos, you can check out each area’s Outpost page at: https://access-life.com/outpost-in-wpb and https://access-life.com/outpost-in-central-florida.
This past Saturday, God blessed us with not just one but two Christmas Jingle and Mingle Outpost events. One was in East Tennessee which celebrated it’s 5th anniversary and the other was in North Texas where they held their second Jingle and Mingle in a row.
Both were well attended with over 80 joining in the fun in Tennessee and around 135 coming to celebrate Jesus’ birthday in Texas. There were Christmas crafts, seasonal games, festive food and even the singing of carols at each. Also, the Sunshine Ambassadors sang and danced at the ETN venue while Sing Your Way Home performed in NTX. Both groups featured folks living with disabilities bringing some extra fun and smiles to those who watched.
While everyone gathered for much fun and fellowshipping, the main purpose of these local outreaches to individuals and families living with disabilities is to provide folks with an opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus. after all, He is the reason for the season.
More photos are posted on each of the area Outpost pages at: https://access-life.com/outpost-in-etn and https://access-life.com/outpost-in-ntx and we have two more Jingle and Mingles this weekend. One in West Palm Beach and one in Central FL so be looking for more pictures and smiles soon!
Well, this year’s Thanksgiving is in the books [and our bellies LOL] and the Christmas season is in full swing. The awe inspiring time of joy to the world, peace on earth and goodwill towards men [and women, too]. It is the world wide celebration of the birth of our gracious and glorious savior, Jesus. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
Something about this beautiful season brings hope, joy, peace and a sense of well being. People have a smile on their face, an excitement for life and an optimism in their attitude. So what is it that changes our countenance, the way we think and the feelings we feel? It is Jesus, plain and simple. He is the one who bring about all these good things and as this season unfolds we are drawn more and more into the reality of the unmatchable gift that He is.
This is actually something we can experience all year round if we’ll but fix our eyes on the wonder and beauty of Jesus every day. What’s more the sweet fragrance that is Christ will bless those around us bringing more joy and peace to our communities and neighborhoods. Jesus is that way. He, through the Holy Spirit will permeate the atmosphere around us and bring more of heaven to earth each day as we set our focus on Him moment by moment.
So enjoy Jesus and as you do the hope of faith will rise and fill you with His joy and peace blessing not only you but those around you. Here is some snowy seasonal art and great verse that exemplifies this reality in such a vivid way. I pray they both encourage you today as you enjoy Christmas to it’s fullest.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner and everyone gearing up for a blessed holiday giving thanks to God for all the good things He has done and enjoying lots of turkey, mash potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter, gravy and PIE, we wanted to share a few fun facts and ministry numbers in our first ever Thanksgiving video!
As we approach the gracious season of Thanksgiving, it is not only obvious but humbling to ponder and acknowledge how blessed we all are by the generous hand of our God through our Savior and friend Jesus. Salvation and eternal life are and will be more than we could ever hope for and imagine. However, the blessings don’t stop there as good gift upon good gift are poured out on us moment by moment leading to an abundant and joyful life for us each day.
We are blessed so generously not only because of God’s infinite love for us but so we can also be a blessing to others. There are dozens of verses in the Bible that make reference to this principle but I especially like the sentiment expressed in 2 Corinthians 9:8 that says “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
The amazing fact about the concept of “blessed to be a blessing” is that when we bless others in Jesus name we are again blessed creating a self sustaining circle of blessing. That’s something that does not always make sense but is a mysterious miracle of God in our lives. His blessings are all around us as the old hymn “Showers of Blessings” so melodiously proclaims but if we want blessings to pour from heaven even more then we need to take some action and bless someone else through our words and deeds in Jesus name. :)
I’ve been reading over and thinking about this verse recently and find it interesting that it does not say anything about reading books, learning theology, gaining knowledge, developing philosophies, etc. to grow in wisdom. It simply says all who obey God’s commands will grow in wisdom.
This is definitely counter culture to what the world says today where we have millions of downloadable books, thousands of sermon outlines and Bible studies online, internet degrees from tons of schools and answers to all your questions on every search engine……of course we all know everything we read on the internet is true. LOL
Could it actually be “less is more” in God’s eyes? Could it be that the less “stuff” that clutters our minds the more we can actually see and follow Jesus? Could it be that simpler faith is the path less chosen but more peaceful, rewarding and abiding?