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"This Tiny Baby" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

Many years ago, on the other side of the world, it seemed like an ordinary night. Nothing seemed to be different or unusual. But that night changed everything. In fact, that night changed all of history.

That evening a baby was born in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem to a woman named Mary. They named him Jesus. The world has been forever different since that holy night.

The Christian faith affirms that this tiny baby was God entering human history. This baby was God incarnate. The Gospel of John says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Almighty God became one of us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. This is what we celebrate on Christmas.

I have had the wonderful privilege of visiting Bethlehem several times. The Church of the Nativity was built over the sight where Jesus was born. The church was dedicated in 339 AD. Something very unusual about this ancient church is the door. The entryway is so small that you must literally bow down to enter.

I just believe that should be the attitude of our hearts as we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus - - one of humility and reverence. As we come to the birth of this holy child, let’s bow before Him and honor Christ with our lives as the Lord of Life. May this be a meaningful Christmas for you and your family.

I invite you to our Christmas eve candlelight communion services at First United Methodist Church at 10:0 AM, 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome!

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