HEINEN HAPPENINGS – December 2021

Friends and family,

Merry Christmas! During this season of celebrating the birth of our Savior we want you to know we thank Him often that He has blessed us with friends like you. May His presence and peace be very real to this Christmas and in the New Year. We love you and appreciate you!

Here are some words from our beautiful daughters:

Rebekah and Tim

Tim and I have been loving this advent season as we get to focus on Jesus coming to earth as a baby to save us! Tim recently got a promotion at work and he has a lot of extra responsibility, but he continues to do it for Jesus and to share the Gospel with those around him. I recently planned a multi-cultural party for my homeless clients where I was able to incorporate the real meaning of Christmas and even Scripture into the decor! We wish everyone a merry Christmas and pray you get to experience the love of Jesus in a new way this season! ❤️

**Enjoy this picture of Tim and Rebekah at Tim’s work Christmas party. They are happy because they love each other and also won an espresso machine.

Victoria and Noah

Hello from the Greenawalts! We hope you are having a year filled with God’s love and peace. Noah is still enjoying his position as senior administrative IT technician at his work! I am still teaching K-12 music at my school, and have become general manager of the music school/store in town. We hope that this next year is great for you, and will continue to pray the Lord’s blessings over you. God Bless!!

Maria (here with her friend Elizabeth)

I just recently finished this past semester of school and I kept up my 4.0 GPA. I only have 2 semesters left, so I will be graduating December of 2022. Other than school, I don’t have much going on, which is a good thing because that means I have plenty of time to relax or hang out with friends 🙂.

What a blessing our daughters are to us. And we are so thankful for sons-in-law who love our girls.

We hope you had an advent season full of the remembrance of our Lord’s first coming that helped you anxiously await His return. We have enjoyed celebrating with the traditional advent themes:

  1. Hope (Prophecy Candle). Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” John 1:45
  2. Peace (Bethlehem Candle). But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
  3. Joy (Shepherd Candle). And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:20. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:10
  4. Love (Angel Candle). And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:13–14. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
  5. Faith (Christ Candle). The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8–10

Advent means, “coming,” or “waiting.” The idea is that God is sending something worth waiting for! The prophet Isaiah, some 700+ years before the birth of the Messiah, proclaimed that a very special baby would be born who would be a light in the incredible darkness the world found itself in. This helpless baby would actually be the answer to the mess that men and women had made for themselves. This baby was so special, he would be born miraculously to a virgin. He needed four names to describe His greatness: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. The baby’s adoptive father, Joseph, was told by an angelic messenger to name the boy another name, Jesus, “for he will save his people from their sins.” That promised baby was truly worth waiting for!

Jesus is truly the ultimate answer for all we face in life. He came the first time that first Christmas. After His atoning death and glorious resurrection, He ascended to heaven. While seated upon His heavenly throne, He now works in this world through the lives of His redeemed people. He is coming again to set up His eternal Kingdom based in a new heaven and a new earth. He is still worth waiting for!

Please continue to pray for us that in all things Jesus would be exalted. Pray for health and contentment. Pray for us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus daily. And pray for us that we would love God and our neighbor well, as we are filled by the Holy Spirit.

How can we pray for you? Please let me know.

Merry Christmas!!!

Brian Heinen

802 E 23rd Street Russellville, AR 72802 (479) 886-0765 

bheinen.com  brheinen1@gmail.com

Author: Brian Heinen

I am simply a Christ-follower who wants to share the incredible Savior I met with others.

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