Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 4, 2013

The Heart of the Matter

CB Devo Apr 1For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NIV)

 Thanksgiving is a time to stop and express appreciation to our Heavenly Father for all of our blessings. But shouldn’t Christians be most thankful for salvation? And shouldn’t we set aside more time than just Thanksgiving or even the entire month of November to express our gratitude for this gift and all others we receive?

 The fact is, that salvation would not have meaning without the One who came to save us. That is why Christmas is so important. Now, listen, I love Santa Claus, Christmas Trees, gift giving, and stocking stuffers. But, for today, in this moment,  let’s focus on the “reason for the season.”


 The most well known verse in the Bible is John 3:16. But I also love John 3:17:

He did not come to condemn the world but to SAVE the world.

Now that is the meaning of Christmas. Jesus was born so that He could take on our sins on the cross so that He could overcome death and come back to life. Anyone who confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised Him from the dead…WILL. BE. SAVED. That’s the promise of Romans 10:9.

 Before this holiday season is over, why not make sure that YOU know that promise for yourself. If you do not know the Lord as your savior, take this moment to accept Him now. Ask for forgiveness. Accept His forgiveness. Rest knowing you will live forever.


“Dear God, Thank You for sending Your son to be our savior. We are so thankful for You!”

For His Glory,

 Laurel Shaler (
TRBC Coffee Break


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