True Hope Fellowship


Points from the Pastor's Pen

    “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

        “Christmas!” What thoughts and emotions begin to flow out of your innermost being when you hear this one simple word? “Christmas!”

        The word “Christmas” is a created word in two ways.

        First: The word is the combination of two very different words (Christ and mass). The definition of this is a religious service to honor Christ or Jesus. As we begin now to move towards December 25th our thoughts and emotions, when we hear this word “Christmas” usually involves a myriad of other things besides the “Christ-mass”.

        May I challenge you to focus first and everyday of this special season on the "Christ-mass". As we enter the Christmas season, most of us have a large number of things to do to prepare for December 25th. In getting all these things done, we can miss out on celebrating the living presence of Jesus each day.

        Second: The Gospel of John tells us “In the beginning was the “Word” and the “WORD” became flesh and dwelt among us.” There should always be mystery, awe, and worship when we move in our thoughts and emotions from the word “Christmas” to the “word became flesh”. The infinite became finite. The eternal God became human.

        The “Christ-mass” is all about our humbly admitting our sinful brokenness, putting self first, others second, and God last if at all.

        The “Christ-mass” is all about a God who cares so deeply for His broken creation, that in the “WORD” becoming flesh, a way was made for each of us to put God first, others second, and self last.

        The “Christ-mass” is so much more than lights, presents, and Christmas trees. Please do not miss the “Christ-mass” this Christmas.

        My prayer is that you would choose to celebrate the “Christ-mass” everyday for the rest of your life and after that to celebrate with the CHRIST for all eternity.

Your Pastor and Friend,

Joel Kallberg