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Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal!

Posted: Friday, December 25

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Children;s Pastor

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Children;s Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Zechariah 8:1-23
Revelation 16:1-21
Psalm 144:1-15
Proverbs 30:29-31 


Verse of the day:

O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them, mere mortals that you should think about them? For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow. (Psalm 144:3-4)

(Today's title comes from the movie, "Home Alone." If you haven't seen it, you must! It's a Christmas classic!)


It’s finally here; Christmas day! I hope you have the best Christmas you’ve ever experienced! 



Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. The family, the joy, the determination and secrecy to bless others. It’s all so fun! And most importantly, the sacred celebration of the birth of our savior. Since I was a kid, my parents would always buy a birthday cake for Christmas Day. After reading the Christmas Story, we sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jesus with 2,000 candles (not really) and then party Humpa style! 



This will be my daughter’s first Christmas and she won’t remember a second of it except for what we capture on our phones. I think about the upcoming Christmases she’ll have - the gifts, the cookies, the decorations, the laughs and family times - and I’m reminded that Jesus was precious and innocent like my daughter when He was born. Almighty God, creator of every cell and scientific law, wrapped in human skin. How precious and humbling a thought. 



I love today’s opening verse, “O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them.” We’re awful, confused, and menial people. We consistently screw up and think ourselves greater than we truthfully are. Yet, even with the foreknowledge that we would still mistreat the precious gift of salvation, God stepped down from Heaven to become a baby. I’m humbled this Christmas at the sacrifice and love God extends us. Life’s too short, but not if we serve the risen King that first debuted as a helpless babe. Merry Christmas!