Greetings and Merry Christmas! As we all prepare for one of the most exciting holidays of the year, we are inundated by the culture’s influence in spending so much time shopping, decorating, and going to every program that we may become burnt out and forget why we celebrate. I am reminded that “the reason for the season” is the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah prophesied some 700 years before Jesus was even a glint in Mary’s eye; “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Immanuel which means, “God with us”. His divine presence in our lives should compel us to join the multitude of angels’ praises; “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” I wish you all an amazing and joyful holiday season. God bless you and keep you.
Grateful to be in His service,
Reverend Ben Refuerzo, Senior Pastor
Bethany Christian Center
FAFB/IAFB General Superintendent