In A Nutshell | December 16, 2022

A Season and a Reason to Believe

Do you believe in miracles? That’s what announcer Al Michaels said as the United States Hockey team was about to beat the former Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

I think each of us has a slightly different take on miracles. Some have experienced them in one form or another. Others might be skeptical, but it’s not so much whether we witness or are part of a miracle; what really matters is that we believe that miracles can and do take place.

This past Sunday evening, our church hosted a movie night for young people, which turned out to be a smashing success. We had more than 20 young people in attendance, which some might call a miracle, but it was really the result of efforts by our youth leaders, JJ Cline and Jen Moser, as well as several others who invited young people from our community to attend. I also believe that the event was blessed by our Lord.

The movie, titled, “The Search for Santa Paws” was a cute story about a talking dog who could only be understood by those who believed in Santa Claus.

That theme is not far off from our faith experience. It’s really impossible to hear, much less understand, the Word of God until we first believe. Then, after establishing a relationship with Him, his words become clearer and much easier to grasp.

Remember what Jesus said in the Gospel of Mark (9:23): “Everything is possible for one who believes.” That includes miracles. So, during this Advent season and in the year ahead, let us all be sure to listen for God’s voice as we read His sacred Word. It will become much clearer if we believe, and our faith will become much stronger as a result.

Until We Meet Again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John

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