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"The Heavenly Host"

December 27, 2003

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A great company of the heavenly host appeared. Luke 2:13

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

The great news of the birth of Jesus brought forth “a great company of the heavenly host” that joined in the proclamation of His birth—giving glory to God and proclaiming peace.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 28
On Saturday, Bill had planned a father-son gathering with some friends from church to watch football at his house. There would be chips, dips, cheese, chili, sausage, drinks, and definitely no veggies!

When he had planned the gathering weeks earlier, he didn’t know Chuck and Bobby. But that morning, he thought this would be a great time for Chuck to meet some of his church friends and for them to meet Chuck. So, he called and Chuck accepted.

It was a great afternoon of football. Chuck got along great with Bill’s friends. They also really liked Chuck. There was not much “God conversation.” Chuck was impressed that these seemed like “normal guys.” His image of Christians had been very different.

As everybody was leaving, Chuck thanked Bill for inviting Bobby and him to the party. “I really needed to get out of that house. And, well, today was great. I enjoyed meeting your other friends.”

Bill smiled and said, “You’re welcome, my friend. I hope someday you’ll get to know them all!”

REALITY JOURNEY
When Christians are together, they provide a tangible witness of the working of God in their lives. These settings also provide opportunity for an unchurched person to meet more Christians. Invite your friends who need Jesus to meet your churched friends in informal settings.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for God to use these kinds of settings in a powerful way to reach your friends who need Jesus.

Today's Bible Readings: Nehemiah 7-9    Revelation 18

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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