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"Speak About the Child," Luke 2: 22--40; Pastor Marvin G Spence

During this season of gift-giving, family, fellowship, after Christmas sales, and even Covid-19 fears we should refocus our attention on what Christmas really means to Believers. God left the glories of Heaven, came to earth as a human baby who ultimately became our Redeemer, Lord and Advocate. God's Word gives us the moral compass and directions to live as Christians ought. Jesus, the Son of God and Man, showed us how to apply His life lessons to our own faith journey. Even our Kwanzaa celebration and its life principles have a scriptural underpinning: Umoja (Unity); Kujichagulia (Self-determination); Ujima (Collective work and responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

When we read Ephesians 4: 1-5 and Philippians 3: 14, we can connect Kwanzaa expectations to our calling and mission as Christians. When we are living a Christ-centered life, we accomplish the following: We influence others with our unity of purpose; We display a determination to be Christian in word and actions; We selflessly work cooperatively for mutual good of our community; We creatively share our God-given gifts to benefit others and We are motivated by our faith to trust God's plan for us even if when it is unclear to us.

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