The food around our house has been nigh unto fantastic this Christmas. Carleen got a new Vietnamese cookbook for Christmas, and she and Aaron favored us with a fabulous Vietnamese dinner last night. Carleen was the cooking captain, Gerlinde was first mate, and I swabbed down the decks and such!
As if that wasn’t enough, tonight Gerlinde made an unforgettable Swiss-inspired dinner with a grill in the center of the table surrounded by about two dozen different options of meats, cheeses, veggies, and fruits that could be arranged in little pie-shaped pans and cooked table side, then used as toppings on potatoes. WOW!!!
And now, for my last point in this three-point message, I alas have no picture, so you’ll have to imagine Jonathan armed with a Bible and dressed in a handsome new outfit he received for Christmas. He labored alone for about 20 hours over the past weeks preparing to preach this morning at Faith Baptist Church, and our family decided to visit with him, enjoy meeting some new friends, and take in the “spiritual feast” he served up. He spoke on II Corinthians 5:14-21: the mystery of our new life (“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new”), the ministry of reconciliation “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation”), and the manifestation of the righteousness of Christ (For he [God] has made him [Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”).
I was inspired! Considering my new life in the light of the new year about to begin, one of my resolutions will be to attempt to walk more consciously in the Spirit so that the righteousness of Christ might be manifested in me! And that, folks, is even better than the finest cuisine as far as I’m concerned.