Do you ever think about what a privilege it is to be a Christian? To know Jesus? To worship? To have a church? Even to pray for and support a ministry like Church Doctor Ministries?

Ministry is a privilege, an honor, and a blessing. Joining hands with Jesus and rubbing “eternal shoulders” with the Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Billy Graham, and all the great leaders—who, like us, wanted to see more people in Heaven.

If you had been part of the first Christmas—the birth of Jesus—who or what would you be? One of the shepherds? The owner of the manger? A cow? A sheep? They all play a part in the greatest story ever told.

Ministry is hard. It is not for the faint of heart. It doesn’t matter whether you are a pastor or a church custodian, on the church board or a worshipper in the crowd, a Bible class leader or watching the nursery, a prayer partner or a donor. Don’t ever forget: Life’s greatest privilege is to serve in the cause of Christ.

If you pray, financially support, or share with others the work of Church Doctor Ministries, you are like an apostle. You invest in the Kingdom work founded by Jesus. It’s called the church. And, with all its warts and blemishes, its challenges and struggles, the church—every church—is the body of Christ, citizens of the Kingdom, a priesthood of believers, the household of God, the brothers and sisters of Jesus, whose birthday we celebrate this month.

The church—the Bride of Christ—is not perfect. The groom is perfect, but the bride is a bunch of ordinary people on an extraordinary mission. The fact that it actually changes people for eternity is a miracle—literally. When the church gets better, the nation is better. When the church gets better, the body of Christ works better. When the body of Christ works better, the world gets better.

Our Christmas wish for you? As you celebrate the birth of Jesus, praise God for the amazing privilege of being part of Christ’s body. It doesn’t matter whether you are a hand, an elbow, or a big toe. You matter to God, and you have a mission.

We thank you for your prayers and financial support. We are honored to be Church Doctors who serve to bring health to the body of Christ. We all know the Head is perfect, but from the neck on down, there is a lot of work to be done. Have a really great, wonderful, joyous, spiritual Christmas!

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