December 23, 2019

Gift of the Christ Child

By Curtis Farmer, Alliance Benefits

Intentional: (adj.) Done on purpose. Deliberate.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this word, “intentional.”  Particularly, I’ve been thinking about how it relates to this season. How we set aside this time of year with intention to remember the gift of the Christ Child to a broken world – a world in desperate need of a Savior. His arrival was certainly deliberate and with purpose. Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the magi… none of them knew that He was born to die for all mankind. But they knew the Savior had arrived and that He was worthy of their worship.

As you ready your home for visiting family, prepare for a busy Christmas Eve service, pack for your flight or long road trip, or finish your last-minute shopping and errand-running, I invite you to be intentional with your time and with your worship. Don’t let the traditions, the events, and the busy calendar distract from Emmanuel – God with us. The King has come and He is worthy of our praise.

A very Merry Christmas from your Alliance Benefits family,

Curtis Farmer
Executive Director for Alliance Benefits



Curtis joined as Director for Alliance Benefits in September of 2017 and will transition to Executive Director of Alliance Benefits as of January 2020. He is responsible for the overall administration and direction of all aspects of Alliance Benefits, including the health and retirement plans for the Christian and Missionary Alliance workers in the United States and internationally. His desire is to serve our districts and churches in helping them care for their pastors and staff.

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