There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered. ~ Proverbs 11:24-25
This Christmas was unique at Evangel for several reasons:
1) We actually followed the Advent theme
Tradition is outside-the-box for us. The usual is unusual. So we ventured out into the unknown and took a shot at what “real” churches do at Christmas: Advent.
Advent simply entails the arrival of a noteworthy individual. Obviously, that person is Jesus coming into the world that fateful day over 2000 years ago. The special significance for us, often shared during the lighting of the candles each week, was the anticipation of Jesus coming into our lives in extraordinary ways right now – today! So in a way, Advent is a past, present, and future reality as we look forward to His return.
2) We conspired as we dreamed by the fire…
…to return Christmas to something that actually resembled the heart of the season: worshipping God more fully by spending less on ourselves and giving more to others, and in doing this, really showing the kind of love that was shown to us (John 3:16).
The problem as we see it is not that Christ needs to be returned to Xmas, but that we need to put the Christ back into Christians. That’s the real issue. Too often we as believers in Jesus are a poor, poor reflection of Who is was and is.
And the conspiracy was a success! Over the month of December, in the mayhem of Christmas commercialism, the people of Evangel GAVE MORE by spending less on themselves. In fact, through special funds received in the month of December, we’ll be fully sponsoring the digging of TEN "Jesus" WELLS in countries like Uganda and India.