Thursday, December 22, 2011

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

OVER THE PAST WEEKS I HAVE BEEN PRESENTING THE ADVENT EVENTS by giving us the opportunity to see that event  "Through New Eyes." Through the eyes of the Angel Gabriel, Joseph, the Inn-Keeper, and on Christmas morning through the eyes of the Shepherd.


Today I came across this re-telling of the Advent event is a new and fresh way...that is through new eyes.  I hope you'll take the time to watch it, and to take time, once again, to imagine the wonder of the Gift of God. Emmanuel, God with us!



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Friday, December 16, 2011

ACTING OUT! GOD'S DESIGN FOR THE CHURCH

STARTING JANUARY 1, 2012 WE WILL BE STARTING A NEW SERIES OF MESSAGES. Pastor Ron will be leading off the first three weeks with some critically important messages about being the church taken from such texts as 1 Peter 3 and Ephesians 3 and 4. I hope you will sent your heart, mind and spirit to join me in the opening weeks of the new year.
     Starting on January 22, I will continue in looking at God's design for the church in a series I am calling, "ACTING OUT! God's Design for His Church."  In will be a study through the Book of the Acts. 
     I know our lives are busy, and that the pressures of the world push down around us, but the mandate from our Lord and Savior is strong and clear, "Go and make disciples..." (Matthew 28:19-20). 
     Therefore, I am placing before you right now the invitation to join me and Pastor Ron and the Ministry Team as we are seeking God's heart for His plan worked out in and through us.  It might not be too early to make that New Year's Resolution. One that states, in 2012 I am going to keep Sunday's sacred and be part of Christ's Body the church, joining our hearts and hands together as we seek to be God's people in God's world, doing God's work.
     Come and join us! Let's work to help fulfill God's Great Commission (Matthew 28:19:20) through carrying out God's Great Command (Matthew 22:37-40).

This is Discipling from The Foursquare Church on Vimeo.


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Saturday, December 03, 2011

WONDER!


WHAT MAKES YOU STAND IN WONDER? A beautiful sunset? The powerful cascades of a waterfall? The birth of a child? A relationship you have with someone who knows all your faults and still chooses to love you?

Wonder comes in all shapes and sizes. Wonder can overwhelm us, when we are least expecting it. Wonder has the power to move us from the place of being saturated with self doubt to the place where we are filled to overflowing with with heart-felt gratitude.

Wonder comes when we discover that the payment for our sins (Romans 3:23) has been completely paid for by God Himself (Romans 6:23). Wonder comes when we realize that God visited us in the flesh, as a baby, in order to accomplish His grace-filled love of forgiveness 30 years later upon the cross. (Philippians 2:5-11) 

This is the wonder of the Advent Season.  This is the wonder that the angels proclaimed to simple shepherds the night that Jesus, the Messiah, was born. (Luke 2:8-20) 

How's your wonder-quotient this Advent Season? Are you so caught up in the rush of life that you have lost the ability to wonder? If you feel that is true, then I invite you to attend a church service this weekend. Hear again the Christmas story and join in the wonder of wonders, God, born as a baby to bring salvation to those who will believe.

Oh, the wonder of it all! 
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