Dear Friend:


I first give honor to the Great I am that I am, my Lord and My Savior, Jesus the Christ.  I pray that this month’s newsletter finds you with a Joyful heart.


This month of December, we in the United States celebrate Christmas and I believe that we all, no matter what country you are from, know about the account of the birth of Jesus. I think that some of us know it so well, that we really don’t think about it at Christmas and understand that is the real reason we celebrate.  The birth of Jesus is an incredible story of redemption and one that can change your life and your faith if you let it.


Matthew 1:18 and Luke 1:26-28 sets the stage for the story of the birth of Jesus.  I want to encourage you during the holiday season and beyond to read the full story and allow it to build your faith in the Savior of the world and starve your doubts of unbelief.


If you are not familiar with this amazing story of redemption or just need a remainder, we will give some highlights of what you will find in reading these verses.  You will discover the birth of Jesus and read about the announcement to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive a baby not born of a man, but of the Spirit of God. 


In this amazing story of all times, you will hear about the Shepherds who were the first to get the announcement of Jesus’s birth and the (3) wise men that came with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


As I mentioned earlier, the Christmas story is one of redemption and love.  From the Christmas story, we can learn that God is with us.  Not only is He with us, but He is for us and wants to have an intimate relationship with us so that we can become a Christian (Christ like) a child of the living God.


No other religion, or faith as some call it, has a God that willingly suffered for His people and can so deeply identify with His creation.  The Christmas story shows us that God, the creator of the universe, wants to have a personal relationship with us.  He wants this so much that He is willing to enter into our story (our life) to show us His love and desire for us.  Through the birth of Jesus, God has entered into our story, and He is with us.  One of the names of God is Emmanuel (God with Us).

Even though God has entered our story and brought redemption, through Jesus coming to earth as a baby, we have to receive this free gift of redemption and salvation.  God, through the birth of His son Jesus, didn’t come to conquer and force His way into our lives, but that we would willingly and graciously accept this amazing free gift of eternal life. He did not want blind obedience by forcing His way in our lives, but our love by us willing to accept Him. 


No one else can express this kind of Love that Jesus demonstrated for us.  He was born, lived a sinless but powerful life, then died a criminal’s death for you and me, so that we could have a right to the tree of life.  


The Christmas story is the opening scene of a God willing to leave heaven in pursuit of His people.  What an amazing act of love and grace.  The more I read this wonderful story and dwell on what God has done, the more amazed that I am. 


As you read or re-read this story of all times, I encourage you to take some time to think about what the Christmas story really means for your life and faith.  It truly is the beginning of everything concerning our salvation in Jesus; this wonderful birth told in The Christmas Story.  You can read the full story in

Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-11, Luke 1:26-28 and Luke 2:1-20.


Mennie and I can’t begin to thank you for all of the love, prayers and support that you have given all year.  This support has helped us be an extension of God’s hand to those that are less fortunate.  I know that without a doubt, that every seed that you have planted will continue to come back to you in good measure, so that you will continue to Be Blessed To Be A Blessing!  God Bless you, and thanks for your partnership.  Merry Christmas!


In His Will,

Dr. Joseph Morrison, D.Min




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