Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Each year we are reminded to take time to celebrate…not only a past event, but also a present reality! Jesus is still being born in hearts today. Just this last month, over 50 people opened their hearts to Jesus at New Hope West! There is no greater Christmas gift than that because this is why Jesus came!

Here at New Hope Christian College, Christmas isn’t something we just anticipate. It’s something in which we participate! We get to be part of the services (all six of them!) and in doing so, we have the privilege of being a part of what God is doing in our community. I want to personally thank our many students who are in front of the camera as well as those behind the scenes, for their committed hearts and their willing hands to be a part of Christmas. And thank you to you, our generous givers and best supporters for investing in the greatest mission field of all, the next generation.

Others may have their names in lights, but NHCC students have their hands to the plow.  Some ob-serve.  Our students…SERVE! So, thank you to our amazing student body for making Christmas what it was originally designed to be…a fresh presentation of Jesus to those who need Him the most!

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– President Wayne Cordeiro

As we enjoy this holiday season, we hope you can be blessed by this devotional written by our president, Pastor Wayne Cordeiro.

Scripture

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-27)

Observation

Jesus knew that He was about to undergo suffering. He understood that the Last Supper was an indication of what He was about to face, foreshadowing His sacrifice on Calvary. His body would be beaten, and His blood would be spilled. Yet, before the breaking of the bread and the passing of the cup, He intentionally gave thanks to reaffirm His trust in the Father’s plan.

Application

Everything we have is a gift. 1 Cor. 4:17 reminds us of that: “What do you have that you did not receive?” Just yesterday, a man shared how a near-fatal crash that could have taken his life was averted by a slim margin. It was a gift from God. Remember: The rain falls on the just and the unjust. In other words, we are not immune from other people’s errors, but God will give us the edge. So, as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us – “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” This holiday season, I realize how absolutely grateful I am for all of God’s goodness to me and the favor that so many others have given. This will be a season of sharing … but not just in goods and gifts, but in expression and meaning!

Prayer

Thank You, Father, for Your goodness toward me. Even before I was born, You were working behind the scenes. You planned out my life. You arranged my course. You granted Your Spirit to guide me. I am amazed at Your love. Words cannot express how thankful I am. Therefore,  may my life, actions, and heart bear the mark of my gratefulness daily. Forgive me when I slip, and remind me when I forget. Let this season be a season for sharing.

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