Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men! Luke 2:14 At the heart of human aspiration has been the longing for peace. While some rulers have destroyed peace willingly, those affected have longed for a return to peace for their families and communities. It was the longing in Israel as well: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" was the psalmist's admonition (Psalm 122:6) Gradually the Messiah was seen as the only One who could restore peace to Israel and Jerusalem.
Such was the prophecy of Isaiah concerning the Messiah. He would be called "Prince of Peace," and of His peace "there will be no end" (Isaiah 9: 6-7). So when the angels appeared to the Bethlehem shepherds, glorifying God for the birth of the Savior, their announcement echoed the prophets' desire: "On earth, peace, goodwill toward men!" The Savior whose birth they announced was the Prince of Peace foretold by the prophet. Jesus came to bring peace to all who would receive Him - along with comfort, joy, and salvation. And He will bring peace to the whole world at His return.
Pray for Len Hayles, Ray Minger, Barbara Minger, Ruby Messer, Henry Messer's nephew's wife, Jackie Freeman, Cephas and Billie Ann Goodman, our pastor and pastor's wife, and our West Oaks Academy teachers and students.
DECEMBER 19TH WE WILL BE HAVING A CHRISTMAS PARTY AFTER THE MORNING SERVICE. PASTOR SAID THE FOOD WILL BE CATERED BUT THAT IF YOU WANT TO BRING A DISH YOU CAN. THE PARTY WILL BE AFTER SERVICE.
DID YOU KNOW?
- NEXT SUNDAY WE WILL BE TAKING A CHRISTMAS OFFERING FOR THE PASTOR AND HIS WIFE. ENVELOPES ARE IN TODAY'S BULLETIN.
- --Pastor has a birthday this month(16th) and also an anniversary.(16th)
- --Shirley just returned from a trip to Ashville, North Carolina with a long time friend, where she was priviledged to tour the city and enjoy many great sights.
- --The Mingers traveled to Memphis to attend Brother Minger's brother's funeral. When they returned he had to be hospitalized and he needs our prayers, as he recovers.
- --Yesterday Lee University awarded 5 people the first doctorate certificates from the school since they started the doctorate program.
- --Lee Univesity has been ranked once again in the upper tier of Southern Universities in the 2022 U.S. News and World Reports Best Colleges.
WIT AND WISDOM
- **No matter how small the town is, you can always find someone at the service station to give you the wrong directions.
- **The Golden Rule may be old but it hasn't been used enough to show much signs of wear.
- **The average girl wants a ring on her finger but not a thimble at the end of it.
- **Ulcers are the result of mountain climbing over molehills.
- **A liar is not believed even when he speaks the truth.
- **It's never the fall that injures; it's the sudden stop.
- **One reason why we have so many pennies in the church collection is because there is no smaller coin.
- **Money is so hard to keep these days that a fellow is really foolish to work for the stuff.
- **Many people suffer poor health not because of what they eat but from what is eating them.
- **Judging from the general behavior we see in the world today, hell must also be experiencing a population explosion.
- **God never called anyone to rock, knock, block, sock or mock.
- **The cheapest way to have your family tree traced is to run for public office.