District | North East

 

Greetings North East District

December 2021

“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” Luke 1:45
 
     Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther wrote a sermon on this text from Luke that claimed when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, three miracles occurred: a virgin conceived, God became human, and Mary believed.  Luther went on to say that the greatest of the Christmas miracles is this--that Mary believed.  Belief, Luther claimed, is the greatest miracle of Christmas.

 

We live in a world that wants to see things before we can believe them.  We often say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But faith tells us that to see we must first believe. This truth is confirmed in scripture.

  • Abraham believed in God’s promise of the Promised Land long before he ever saw it. 
  • David believed in the protection and power of God before he ever saw the giant fall.
  • Noah believed in God’s power to save long before he ever drove the first nail into the ark.
  • Moses believed in the promise of freedom while the shackles were still on his people.
  • Esther believed in God’s promise of protection before she ever entered the halls of King Ahaseurus.
  • Mary believed in the promise delivered by the angel before she ever saw the results of her faithfulness--the gift of the Messiah to the world.

     Scripture and the history of our faith are full of testimonies to living by faith first and not by sight.  I submit, that we have to believe before we truly can see. To have eyes that see the great things God has in store for us, we first must believe God’s promises--to be with us, to love us, to care for us, to provide for us, to support us, to save us.  To see those promises, we must believe in those promises.  Oh, these promises will be fulfilled, but if we do not believe, we will not see what is right before us.  

     I pray that this season, the season that brought Christ and Christianity into this world, will be filled with sightings of the promises of God that occur every single day. 
 
Advent blessings,
Alice

District Superintendent

Alice Rogers
(770) 536-2586
alice.rogers@ngumc.net

 

Administrative Assistant

Holley Butkovich
(770) 536-2586
northeast@ngumc.net

Contact Information

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Gainesville, GA 30501  

(770) 536-2586 Phone
(770) 536-7188 Fax

northeast@ngumc.net http://www.ngumc.org/northeast