A World Without Jesus December 22

Last month a Toronto home made headlines for its unusual selling price of $1. The house was on the market for less than a week and the three-bedroom detached home sold for 1.2 million dollars! It was obviously a marketing strategy to draw attention and it worked. The house sold for 1,199,999 dollars above the asking price. The fact is that when something happens outside of the norm it often gets people’s attention. How unique the announcement was regarding the first Christmas given to the shepherds? It was given through angels. That is definitely outside the norm and it went as follows, “…behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For there is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour Who is Christ the Lord. I am Gary Harris and Merry Christmas!

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Getting Ready December 20

We are in the season of Christmas gatherings. People getting all dressed up to look their best. What a foolish thing if a person was getting ready and looked in the mirror and noticed mustard on his or her face and just left it and went to the gathering mustard and all! Did you know we are warned in the Bible to not be so foolish to leave mustard on our faces? Essentially, we are warned if we see something that needs to be addressed that we address it and not be so foolish to leave things the way they are. In the book of James, it reads, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Hitting Rock Bottom December 17

Last month a man was removed from one of Britain’s deepest caves after a grueling and complicated 54 hour rescue operation. Over 240 rescuers joined forces and formed a human chain to remove a cave explorer who lost his footing and became injured in the cave. One of the rescuers, Allan Berry, said there was a real feeling of relief and joy when they were able to get the injured man out of the cave alive. What an amazing, successful rescue effort! Did you know there is a rescue shared about in the Bible that is absolutely amazing and is successful for all who take part? John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Challenge to Grow December 15

This past growing season, in the maritime provinces, a number of farmers were in a competition to grow the most amount of crops on their designated fields. Aaron Mills with Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC) collaborated with farmers to monitor more than 100 fields of various grains to see who can grow the most. He recruited farmers from around the Maritimes to grow barley, winter wheat, spring wheat and oats. The competition encourages farmers to use the best practices available to produce the greatest crops. Did you know the bible gives instruction on the best practice available regarding spiritual growth? In the book of Hosea it reads, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Seek and Find December 13

Thankfully the four year old girl, allegedly abducted from her family’s tent in remote Western Australia, was found after a 19 day search. She was found 48 kilometers from the camp site in a private home. A local man is under investigation for abduction. One can only imagine the relief the parents experienced when their daughter was lost and then finally found after 19 days. Did you know there is an account in the Bible of a search that is requested for something to be found that is causing the one requesting a great deal of distress. It is actually a search that is requested of God Himself which reads, Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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The Best News I Ever Got December 10

Last month a 10 year old boy was missing for almost 24 hours in the woods in North Preston, Nova Scotia. Thankfully search and rescue located the child and sent word back to his family immediately. The boy’s father later told reporters how after hearing from search and rescue that his son was alive he responded by saying it was, “the best news I ever got.” One can only imagine the relief that father felt when hearing the news. Did you know the Bible contains a message that a number of people have reported that it was, “the best news they ever got”? There is a message contained in the book of John that reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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A 110 Million Dollar View December 8

Recently there was an auction in Las Vegas in which a selection of Picasso’s works sold for just over 110 million dollars. For the last number of years this art has been on display at a restaurant in Las Vegas. It would be quite a treat to grab a bite to eat and look at art that turned out to be valued at over $100 million dollars. Quite a treasure! Imagine owning such a treasure. In the Bible Jesus shares a story of a man who found a treasure in a field and then went and sold all that he had to buy the field so he could have the treasure. The treasure pictured is the kingdom of heaven and is of infinite worth beyond what we can fully comprehend but we can actually possess it. Jesus also shared the way into the kingdom. He said in John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Tragic Accident on the Set of “Rust” December 6

The “Rust” set accidental shooting death of Halyna Hutchins, by Alec Baldwin has left a lot questions unanswered. How could such a thing happen? What could be done to avoid it happening in the future? Something we do know is the life of a young lady came to an end in an instant. There is something we can all learn from such occurrences as this and that is we never truly know what day will be our last. Did you know the Bible pictures the briefness of life as being like a vapor? Something that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. The Bible also tells us that through embracing Jesus Christ as our Saviour we can know we will be with Him for eternity. Romans 6:23 reads, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Invitation to All December 3

I read an article a while back about a gentleman from Capetown, South Africa sharing his experience of inviting a number of celebrities of his and his future wife’s choosing to their wedding. A number of those whom they contacted or their representatives took the effort to respond whether they could go or not. Some of those whom responded included Jamie Oliver, John Travolta, and Prince Charles. There is an awesome invitation that God has extended and it is not limited to celebrities but it includes everyone. It is found in the book of John in chapter 3 verse 16 which reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The invitation is given the question is how are you going to respond?

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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Keeping the right focus December 1

Recently a crew on a container ship anchored off of Victioria BC were focused on getting rescued by the Coast Guard and thankfully they were. The ship originally lost 40 containers oversea in rough waters and then after the storm settled down it became apparent that one of the containers caught fire and spread to other containers on the ship. It was a hard voyage for the crew. Do you ever feel like there are so many hardships in life that you are going to be consumed? The Bible informs us that there will be hardships, storms that will occur in our lives but it has instruction in regard to the proper focus during those storms. The foucs is not to be on the storms but on God. In the book of Isaiah, chapter 26 verse 3 it reads, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.

Pastor Gary Harris – Georgetown Baptist Church
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