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Eagle Pointe – Christmas Conspiracy 09 – Pt. 3

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As, I’ve been saying in “Christmas Conspiracy – Pt 1” & “Christmas Conspiracy – Pt 2” – there’s something very, very wrong with us as a society and a people. There’s something very, very wrong with the way we celebrate Christmas. We succumb to this constant yearning for more and more and more. And if we would ever just wake up – we would notice that it leaves us empty. We Americans are shopping addicts & junkies – always looking for our next fix – we get our hit – we buy something – & we’re on a high for a little while. Then we start coming down off of that high – so we rush out & buy our next fix – and we feel really good for a little while – then we begin crashing again.

And we continue on this never ending empty cycle – until half of our life is gone – we’ve accumulated a mountain of debt – and we realize what a mess – and what a waste – our life has been up until this point. Listen – it is time for us to break free from the greed and materialism and consumerism that we are addicted to – and that is destroying our society.

It is time for us to show our kids the way – before it’s too late for them! It is time to stop – and it could begin this Christmas season with us. This Christmas we need to say NO to greed – materialism – & consumerism!  We need to say NO to celebrating the birth of Jesus – by buying more stuff! We need to say NO to celebrating God’s love coming to earth in human form – by showering our kids and everyone we know with a ridiculous amount of material things – that they cannot begin to appreciate or be grateful for. We need to say NO to celebrating Christmas – with a month-long nonstop whirlwind of frenetic activity – which causes us to dread the holidays.

You know – there’s just something “right” about this Christmas Conspiracy! I doubt there’s a person who has been reading this series of blogs – who does not feel a little something deep down inside of them going – “Yeah!” “I don’t need another iPod to match my other iPod – I don’t need a bigger TV – I don’t need a 42nd pair of shoes – what I need is – more of God in my life!”

This Christmas season – when your family & neighbors & coworkers ask “What are you doing for Christmas?” – you can say – “Not going to the Mall – not going to Best Buy – avoiding Wal-Mart and Target like the plague!” And after they bounce back from going into shock – you can explain that – we’re making “Shalom” – we’re going to Buy Less & Give More – in fact – Buy Less & Love More – we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!

We’re going to help a bunch of kids and families in the Philippines – have the basic necessities that we Americans so take for granted.  We’re going to meet real, practical, & tangible needs in Jesus’ name in a place where the average FAMILY lives on less than $2 a day  – where they have very little to eat – where they don’t have the immunizations to keep their kids from dying – where they live in 1 room shacks with 8 – 12 people living in them. A place where pregnant mothers don’t have the nutrients  they need & moms don’t have formula for their babies.

We’re going to help a bunch of battered & neglected kids, homeless people, single moms, etc here in greater Atlanta. Our gifts this Christmas are going to “the least of these” – in name of Jesus.

I pray that this Christmas you will support our Christmas Conspiracy Offering & help us pull off all the local & foreign mission work & ministries God is leading Eagle Pointe Church to do in 2010. God bless you – & let’s try to “do” Christmas right this year!

***NOTE: Be sure to check out the above & below videos of our local & global mission work.

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