Watching a few Christmas specials this week such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” surely brought me back to my childhood memories. The message about Christmas was so simple. How God gave us His only son Jesus Christ who was born to die.
Christmas is a message of Hope in a dark hour. Did you know King Herod gave an edict to have all male infants and children under 2 years old slaughtered in Christ’s day. Why? Because light had suddenly exposed the darkness a new king was on the horizon. God gives us a bright future! ” For unto us a child is born. Unto us a Son is given…”
Christmas is a message of Forgiveness in an intolerant world. Jesus came into this world, ‘born of the flesh’ only to die for the sins of humanity. “For everyone has sinned and come short of the glory of God”. His mission was to sacrifice His life to die for you and me. To love and accept us unconditionally. Jesus was and is God in the flesh. Accepting God’s forgiveness requires faith on our part. Trusting Him completely.
Christmas is a message of a lifestyle giving attitude. The spirit of giving should be part of who we are, not just this time of the season. How often we need to be reminded that “It is more blessed to give than to receive…”.
This does not just mean giving of money but of giving of our time, talents, etc. We don’t need much, but we need desire. Look what happened when Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree was decorated. They sang, and had a party because they gave of their time – friendship, and talents. They had hope.
Let me remind you when somebody such as a young child, or an aged person, neighbor, co- worker, etc. ask you something, please put your cell phone down or stop what you are doing and listen to them. Why? Because it means that you care and they are important to you.
Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region.
The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey.
Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own.
My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’.
God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth.
I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more
I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more
I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better!
“But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version
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