Feeling santamental

‘Tis the season to …

… enjoy the traditions of sounds, lights, and stories

… remember why we have the season.

… spend more time than money on people we love

… watch your intake of Hallmark movies

… spell ‘stressed’ backwards

… count your blessings more than your presents

… to give more than you receive

… catch up with old friends

… make some new ones

… trade Grinch for grace

… worship with awe-struck wonder and praise

It is appropriate that Christmas falls on Sunday this year. We worship on the first day of the week because of the resurrection. We celebrate what He has done for us. Today, the manger and the cross and the tomb are empty. Old Simeon greeted Mary and Joseph as they brought the Christ child to the Temple for His dedication. He rejoiced that he had lived long enough to witness a promise fulfilled: a Savior born for all people. He also prophesied what would happen to that little one.

Jesus, the Eternal Word becoming flesh, came on a mission. Identifying with and affirming the value of humanity, He became one of us. He lived an exemplary life and died an excruciating death. He burst the bonds of sin and death, crushing the power of evil.

And it all started on a quiet night in a small farming village when the skies erupted with heavenly praise. Joy to the world!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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