Greetings Morning Star Baptist Church Family and Friends: This week Advent begins. For most Baptist, this is a foreign concept, but it need not be. The term Advent comes from the Latin word "adventus," which means "coming or arrival." The word "adventus" is a term used to describe the Coming of Christ. Thus, the season of Advent in the Christendom anticipates the "Coming of Christ" from three different perspectives:
The physical birth of Christ in Bethlehem (the Christmas Season).
The reception of Christ in the heart of the Believer (One's Conversion).
The eschatological Second Coming of Christ (That which is spoken of in the Revelation of Jesus Christ when Jesus returns to rapture His church).
As we anxiously await the Christ Jesus and look back to His supernatural birth during the Christmas Season, we should pause for a moment and give thanks to God for His lovingkindness. We should ensure that we are ready to receive Him, for none of us know the day nor hour of His return, and we must be prepared (Mark 13:32). When that trumpets sound, there will not be time to get ready. The year 2020 has presented many distractions, diversions, and difficulties. Some may have even taken their eyes off the Lord Jesus Christ. But this we cannot do. Psalm 27 tells us that we are to choose faith over fear and joy over despair, noting that the presence of God does not shield us from our struggles and suffering. However, we know that in due season we shall lift our heads. The Psalmist continues in Psalm 27:6 and says: "Then my head will be exalted, above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD." We are thankful that in Christ Jesus, our heads are lifted toward a vision of our common unity as children of God. Be encouraged this Advent Season and know that You are HIS! Thank God! Share your faith, not just during this season, but all year round. I miss you, and I pray to God the Father daily on your behalf, thanking Him for you. God bless you.
Yours in the Service of the Lord, Pastor John H. Whitfield
STAY HOME! SAVE LIVES! Remain Faithful and not Foolish!
1. STAY home as much as you can 2. KEEP a safe distance 3. WASH hands often 4. COVER your cough 5.SICK? Call ahead