I hope you’re havig a great week! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but not just because of all the lights, cookies and get togethers. We are celebrating one of the aspects of our faith that is entirely unique. That is that God, who was God before He was born as the baby in a manger, came and lived among those He had created. If you think about that for a moment, it will blow your mind! Boom!

And that’s why we deeply desire you to be with us every Sunday. We want to be constantly reminded of how amazing grace is. There is so much joy to be had experienced, but how many of us take it for granted most of the year? I know I certainly do. I get distracted with so many things and before I know it, I’m swirling in the vortex of selfish ambitions.

What if we decided that starting this Sunday (and continuing through 2015), to live in the Joy of Christmas all year long? You know what I think would happen? Those around us would be completely enthralled with the difference God has made in our lives and want to be a part of it!

“So, since I haven’t lived like that this last year, that means I’m off the hook for bringing someone on Sunday right?”

No! Do you know why? If you want to really experience the Joy of Christmas in a fresh way, there is no better way to do that than through the eyes of someone you bring experiencing it for the first time! It’s a great way to revive your Joy. It’s a great way to experience again, the miracle of Christmas.

That’s why you should bring someone with you this Sunday. Think through your 8 to 15 and start asking some of them to come with you to church on Sunday. Think through those 8 to 15 people who are already in your sphere of influence – your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, cashiers, hair stylists, plummers and pruners – and see who will come with you this Sunday.

If you need something a little extra to get them there, here are two things.

  1. Ugly Christmas Sweaters – pull out your ugliest Christmas sweater and wear it. And tell the person you’re bringing. That way there’s no pressure to dress up and be fancy.
  2. Christmas Goodie Exchange – Make up (or purchase) some of your favorite Christmas goodies and give them some when you ask them to come. Then, bring the rest with you on Sunday.
Who wouldn’t want to wear an ugly Christmas sweater and get some free goodies?!?! Ask me, and I guarantee you I’m there!
So, please don’t miss this opportunity. You won’t be dissapointed…and neither will the ones you bring!
See you Sunday!