MERRY CHRISTMAS! Our annual Christmas Candlelight Service was one that was filled with the hope of the season and one that was truly special this year. As we finished our Fresh Eyes - Seeing Christmas in a New Light series we spent time looking at What Heaven Saw that night in Bethlehem. It was on this night that all of history and mans relationship with God was forever changed.
This is part three in our series looking at Christmas with Fresh Eyes. So often we want a sign in life. We may have even spoke those words into the sky asking God to show up in some way and show us a sign that we might know the way. We want to encourage you today with the message and hope of Christmas by looking at this very phrase and the implications and impact that it can have on our lives especially at Christmas.
This is week one of our Christmas season Sermon Series - Fresh Eyes - Seeing Christmas in a New Light. With a story like the Christmas story, for many of us we feel that we have a fairly good grasp of what was happening, who the key players were, how it relates to our lives and so on.
I read recently, "God didn't create a mission for His church, He created a church for His mission."
His mission is to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. In order to accomplish HIs mission, we are to be a relentless church because we do have the only real answer to the puzzle of life that people around us are seeking to put together.
In Colossians 3, Paul details things that were a part of our Pre-Jesus life. He includes sexual deviance, anger, rage, malice, obscene language and lying. In contrast to all of that, he tells us that we are to be living a brand new life that is continually learning more and more of what is right. Like a snake sheds its skin,
God wants us to know and not be surprised at difficulties that come into our lives. He describes those temptations, distractions, and disappointments as being normal. He goes on to say that He knows our limits, how much we can handle and when these things go beyond our limits, He will always provide an escape hatch. He set's us up to experience victories.
Have you ever felt that there was no way possible that God could use you after you did........
We all have that thing that we fill in the end of that sentence with. But God isn't done with us yet. He has a plan and a purpose that for exceeds anything we could possibly do or not do in our lives. Pastor Nate delivers a powerful message of hope and and a powerful Word from the Lord. If
Like trees we have to make sure that our root system is strong and deep so that we can grow and live tall in the purpose and plan that God has for us and our lives. If we fail to nourish ourselves on the things that will last we will be like a withering tree that is pushed over at the slightest of storms. But even still we have hope! Even if we are a dried up stump there is still opportunity for us to flourish.
Anything Can Happen! Do you believe it? With God anything can happen. it is amazing the power of thankfulness and the hope that is birthed inside of us when we begin to thank God and recognize his goodness in our lives. It begins to shape us and restore our vision to what it is that God has in store for us and the fact that with God anything can happen.
Tragedy seems to be all to regular of an occurrence these days. What do we do when we wake up to hear that another mass shooting has taken place, a hurricane has wiped out an entire island or region of the world, or that an earthquake has destroyed a country. What do we do when the questions begin to flood into our minds;
When the temple model became dominant in the church, even with a little Christianity sprinkled over it, five ideas from the Jesus Movement were diluted. Today we are going to take those five crucial ideas and see how they exist and how they are defined in the Jesus Movement.