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"Powered By the Christ Child"

December 18, 2004

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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

One of the most watched and anticipated events of the holiday season seems to be the New Years Day Tournament of Roses parade. Strict regulations ensure all floats are decorated completely with flowers, seeds, and natural vegetation. It is a remarkable spectacle to see float after float pass slowly by on the designated parade route, each moving at a precise speed so as not to bunch up or lag behind, creating a gap. One year a float caused the parade to stop when the vehicle pulling it ran out of gas. The floats behind couldn’t move until someone brought a can of gas to power the float forward.

Just before Jesus was ready to leave this world, He gave His disciples instructions to go and make disciples, to baptize, and to teach. Matthew 28:19-20 is often referred to as the Great Commission. However, Jesus didn’t leave His disciples powerless. He assured them that He would be with them always, even to the end of the ages.

The Great Commission given by our Saviour is as crucial this Advent as it was when it was first given. Through His Word and His sacraments, God gives us the power to make disciples. Let’s boldly go forward!

Prayer: Lord, empower me to be a disciple telling others of Your love in Christ Jesus. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: I will ask Jesus to give me power and conviction to remind someone close to me that they, too, are a baptized child of God.
Rev. Bryan Rosnau

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 107, 126    Revelation 10

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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