GOD CAME NEAR

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BY DR. STEVE DUNN

We are beginning the season of Advent.  In the world people tend to lump all of these next 25 days into Christmas, but the season of Christmas does not begin until December 25—when the Christ arrives in a manger in Bethlehem.  Advent is a season preparation: of looking at hopes and promises of God that are fulfilled in Christ.

CS Lewis was once asked the difference between God and all other religions.  The answer, “Only in Christianity does God enter into the world to have a personal relationship with his people.”

Although Christianity IS a religion, it is first and foremost a relationship.  It is a relationship with the Creator of the Universe, Lord of All Time, and Savior of Humankind.  And is the third of these because God comes near.  As John would write: So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John 1.14 NLT

Advent is the time for US to draw near to God so that His purposes will be fulfilled. I invite you this Advent season to take some time at the beginning of each day and to ask two simple questions: “Am I living according to God’s purposes?” and “How does God want me to live out that purpose today?”

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