Newsletter December 2016

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Is It Really December Already??

This has been a busy busy year and we are  just entering the most special month and time of the year. It is the time when we celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ who came to earth born as a man yet completely God to show us the path to salvation once and for all.

The Bible’s Old Testament contains numerous prophecies about the birth of a savior, which Christians believe were fulfilled by Jesus. Here is one from the Book of Isaiah.

Prophecy fulfilled: About 5 BC

In Isaiah 7:14, the prophet Isaiah addresses the “house of David,” meaning the family and descendants of King David, and speaks of a virgin being pregnant with a child, and giving birth to the child. Isaiah says this in the context of it being a sign from God. He also says that the child would be referred to as “Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.”

The New Testament books of Matthew and Luke record details involving the birth of Jesus, who was born about 700 years after the time of Isaiah, saying that he was born of the virgin Mary and is the Son of God. Because he is the Son of God, Jesus literally can be referred to as “God with us.”

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK - DECEMBER 24: The doll representing the Infant Jesus lies in a gilded crib on the Star of the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, the traditional spot of Jesus's birth, during Midnight Mass December 24, 2004 in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK – DECEMBER 24: The doll representing the Infant Jesus lies in a gilded crib on the Star of the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, the traditional spot of Jesus’s birth, during Midnight Mass December 24, 2004 in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Here are a few of the exciting things going on this Christmas Season at Magalia Pines Baptist Church.

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All of the staff, missionaries and volunteers here at MPBC wish everyone of you and your families the Merriest Of Christmas’ ever. God Bless each and everyone.

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