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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Knowing and loving God means struggling with the reality of a God who truly loves us, but also calls us to live for him and this means the black letters of the Bible are just as important to us, challenging as they may be, as the wonderful red letters of Jesus’ teaching. Who do you say God is? God calls us to love him with everything we have and that’s tough language, especially for us who live in…
Colossians 3:12-15 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” Thomas Fuller Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise. – Click here to give online today! Watch the entire service here: 8:00 am Message 9:00 am Service 10:30 am Service
The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
As we have examined the first Christmas Carols; Zechariah’s Song and Mary’s The Magnificat we see they lead directly to the Gloria at birth of Jesus. Everything from the Old Testament and everything in the New points to this moment of his birth and leads us to his ministry, the cross, and the resurrection. Jesus is not only the center, he is the answer to everything. Find Jesus – find peace.
Christmas challenges us to accept Jesus as a surprising and transformative gift. We expect liberation from earthly powers, just as the Jews expected a revolutionary leader to free them from Roman oppression. Yet, what we get is more, better, greater because it is both a transformation and freedom now but it is also eternal.
Luke 1:47-55 Mary’s song, the Magnificat, is not just a song to glorify God, though it certainly does that, but it also is prophetic in that it sets the stage for who Jesus is and what he will do. It is a call to follow this, yet unborn, king. The Magnificat, Mary’s song gives God Glory, but it is also challenging because it challenges human leadership and reinforces the ancient prophecies declaring the Messianic identity of this baby. Mary’s song…
Linus leaves his insecurities at the feet of Jesus, and so can we. “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” Thomas Fuller Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise. Give Here
“Two thousand years, and still we wait.” Hope. Hope, this mysterious, often difficult to describe ‘thing’ is what gives us a reason to continue in life, whether just working through a difficult time, or seeking meaning in life. Christmas brings hope in the form of a baby, but it is really in the resurrection, the rebirth, and in our salvation, because of Christ, that we have tangible hope.
Join us this Christmas season in a spiritual discipline by reading one chapter of the book of Luke daily. There are 24 chapters in Luke and if you start on December 1st that will take you right up to Christmas Eve. “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” Thomas Fuller Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise. Give Here
Guest Pastor Derrick Johnson 1 Timothy 6:10-16 Strength in God’s Grace 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” Edmund Burke Make your donation today! Watch the entire service here: 8:00 am Message 9:00 am Service 10:30 am Service
We try to dig our own salvation, earning it by doing good deeds and living a “good” life. Isaiah and Jesus both teach us that is impossible. Only God can provide lasting salvation, freedom, and a guilt-free life.