Away With the Manger

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Away With the Manger

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  Luke 2:7

What a humble birthplace for the King of glory to enter into humanity and to be born into this sin-sick world!  A dirty stall, in a cattle feeding trough with hay for bedding!  What an incredible God we have!  Far away, in a manger, Jesus came into this world for us! Do you enjoy singing the Christmas Carol “Away in A Manger?”  I enjoy singing it along with all the other wonderful carols we have. 

Today, it seems, the most accurate phrase could be: “Away with the Manger!”   Many have attempted and continue to try to remove Christ out of Christmas.  Fake substitutes for gift-giving, like a fat man with reindeer is just one example.  Anything that diverts our attention from Jesus is a cheap substitute for what Christmas is really all about.  People are trying to get “away” from what Christmas is all about! 

Praise the Lord there are a few who still know that Christmas is about Christ. When you hear the song:  “Away in a Manger” remember the tremendous sacrifice, and incredible love that Jesus has for us. Be encouraged to use the word “Christmas” so people know what special day you are celebrating.  Lift up the name of Christ in your conversation as you greet and speak with people this season.  Yes, Jesus came – in a manger – the story remains true – He came for us, He came for you!  

Published by Pastor Steve

Steve Harness and his beautiful wife, Natalie, are blessed with three children. They have served in ministry together for nearly 20 years and have been in Wilton, NY since 2009. Pastor Steve enjoys drinking Dunkin coffee and watching the New York Yankees baseball and Memphis Grizzlies basketball. Steve has a varied ministerial education, including a Bachelor of Bible from Pensacola Christian College, a Master of Ministry from Bethany Divinity Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Bethany. Currently, he is enrolled in the Master of Divinity (Christian Education) program at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring the Wilton Baptist Church, he is also the principal of the Wilton Baptist Academy in Wilton, NY. He serves on the board of the New York Association of Christian Schools. Both Steve and Natalie are thankful for each opportunity the Lord has given to them, and they desire to “serve the Lord with gladness” while seeing people saved and advancing in their walk with Jesus.

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