Dear Son’Spot Family,
The Good News of Christmas. The Bible records in Matthew 1:18-25, “This was how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was a man who always did what was right, but he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly; so he made plans to break the engagement privately. While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ Now all this happened in order to make come true what the Lord had said through the prophet, ‘A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel’ (which means, ‘God is with us’). So when Joseph woke up, he married Mary, as the angel of the Lord had told him to. But he had no sexual relations with her before she gave birth to her son. And Joseph named him Jesus.”
Luke 2:1-21, “At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant, and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger, there was no room for them to stay in the inn. There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, but the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David’s town your Savior was born, Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great army of heaven’s angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God: ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!’ When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them. A week later, when the time came for the baby to be circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name which the angel had given him before he had been conceived.”
John 3:16-17, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.”
Romans 5:7-8, “It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. But God has shown us how much he loves us, it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!”
Romans 3:21-26, “But now God’s way of putting people right with himself has been revealed. It has nothing to do with law, even though the Law of Moses and the prophets gave their witness to it. God puts people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. God does this to all who believe in Christ, because there is no difference at all: everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence. But by the free gift of God’s grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free. God offered him, so that by his sacrificial death he should become the means by which people’s sins are forgiven through their faith in him. God did this in order to demonstrate that he is righteous. In the past he was patient and overlooked people’s sins; but in the present time he deals with their sins, in order to demonstrate his righteousness. In this way God shows that he himself is righteous and that he puts right everyone who believes in Jesus.”
Romans 6:23, “For sin pays its wage, death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 10:9-10, “If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.”
1 John 5:9-13, “We believe man’s testimony; but God’s testimony is much stronger, and he has given this testimony about his Son. So whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his own heart; but whoever does not believe God, has made a liar of him, because he has not believed what God has said about his Son. The testimony is this: God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son. Whoever has the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I am writing this to you so that you may know that you have eternal life, you that believe in the Son of God.”
(The above Scriptures are from the GNT.)
We pray that you experience this Good News of Christmas in your life. Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus! Jesus, God’s Christmas Gift.
Please pray with us that the “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS” and manger scene lighted displays and bumper stickers in Ocean City will be used to minister the Good News of Christmas to the people seeing them.
Our schedule is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7pm, and Sunday mornings at 10am for ministry, Bible, worship, prayer, and fellowship. The outreach dinner ministry is Thursdays at 5pm. Additionally, each week ministry occurs in the county jail and food bags are delivered to about seventy homes. Our reason for everything we do is to lift up the name of Jesus. We will be closed December 26-28.
Marriage Gathering, Birthday Party for Jesus & New Years Eve
We are gathering as married couples to encourage each other in our marriages, pray together, seek the Lord, and to worship the Lord. These two marriage meetings will be Friday, December 6th at 7pm, and Saturday, December 7th at 10am at The Son’Spot. We will also celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Saturday, December 7th, at 6:00pm at The Son’Spot. And on December 31st we will celebrate New Year’s Eve from 7pm until midnight with worship, fellowship, sharing, prayer, and lite food.
Men & Women’s Gatherings
We invite you to attend a Men’s Gathering at The Son’Spot on February 14-15, and a Women’s Gathering on March 13-14. It will be a time of seeking the Lord, with worship, Word, fellowship, prayer, and ministry. There are fliers on our web site.
Summer Missionary Opportunities
There are opportunities here at The Son’Spot to be a full time missionary with us for the summer. There are also opportunities for youth or other groups or families to serve as missionaries for a week, usually Sunday evening through Saturday noon. We have started praying and planning for next summer. For more information, visit our web site. This is a great opportunity to practice sharing the Gospel. If God is sending you, please contact us.
The enclosed calendar is our gift to say THANK YOU for your vital participation in prayer and financial support this past year. You are a blessing to us and it is our privilege to serve God and you at this missionary outreach in Ocean City. As you use your calendar throughout the year and are reminded of God’s work through The Son’Spot, please pray with us.
Again, thank you for your helpfulness in telling the Christmas Story all year around. Visit the sonspot.org web site to see many pictures from this year’s ministry. You can also listen online to many of the gatherings at The Son’Spot. And a reminder that if you shop on AmazonSmile and select “Son Spot Ministries Incorporated” as your charity choice, Amazon will make a donation to this ministry. We appreciate you and love you, from all of us at The Son’Spot,
“God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
- Gary and Cathy