Like a Mighty Rushing Wind (Volume 14) December 2017 
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Have you ever been asked, "What is the most expensive Christmas Gift that you've ever received?” I remember the first time I was asked that question by someone. It came across like a trick question - like a greedy person who wanted to compare the value of their gift to mine.

I remember how excited this man was because his father had given him a brand new car which had cost him over $25,000! In return, I smiled and said, "The most expensive Christmas Gift that I've ever received cost my Father a whopping $39,742,184,000.00!" He was stunned...

Many people have asked me why Christians make such a big deal about Christmas, and giving gifts. Gift giving dates back to the birth of Jesus Christ. It began when His mother Mary, and his father Joseph, who couldn't get a room in the local hotel, found the nearest barn and gave birth to Jesus there.

After two years of being led by the Star of Bethlehem, the three Wise Men sought after Jesus, the King of the Jews. After many nights, they eventually found him lying swaddled in a manger where he was born. They honoured Baby Jesus with expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Luke 2:1-20).

Since then the tradition of giving and receiving gifts at Christmas is to remind us of the gifts given to Jesus by the Wise Men. Jesus was God's only Son, and He was the sacrificial lamb who died on the cross for the redemption of our sins. Jesus is "God in the flesh," and was born to be our Saviour and Lord (John 3:16)...

Each year we ask for people to help us "Share Christmas" by sending a special love offering for those who cannot afford to celebrate. We ask you, our partner and friend, to pray and ask Jesus what you should do to help.

By sending a special "Christmas Love Offering" along with your monthly support, you will be helping those in need, who because of sickness, financial issues, injuries, unemployment, jail time, and families that need help, they are unable to provide. We need to show our love and support!

With your "Christmas Love Offering," we can give them food and gifts, while sharing the Gospel of Hope and Salvation. Our Christ-like giving will confirm in their hearts that Jesus is still alive today, and give them hope and a future, and the opportunity to accept Jesus to be their Saviour and Lord also.

People need to know that “my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Jesus said, “In as much as you have done it to one of the least of my brethren, you have done it to Me” (Matthew 25:40).

A former member of a motorcycle gang member once said to me, “I don’t understand why you people helped me and my family - you didn’t even know us! Since you were faithful to help us, Jesus found us too!”

Help us to help others, and may God bless you abundantly for your giving today!

Christmas is a good time to learn or share with others about who the Holy Spirit is and how He works in a person's life. Gordon's books are about the Spirit-led life, and give practical applications, truth, wisdom and insight into the "Baptism" of the Holy Spirit, the "15 Grace Gifts" of the Holy Spirit and the "Fruit" of the Spirit. It makes the perfect Christmas gift for family or friends!

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