Faith Community Fellowship / Mount Vernon, WA / December 25, 2016

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Faith Community Fellowship / Mount Vernon, WA / December 25, 2016"

Transcription

1 Faith Cmmunity Fellwship / Munt Vernn, WA / December 25, 2016 Luke 2:1-20 / Mary s Treasure Well we have finally reached that day which we have been anticipating fr just ver mnth nw Advent is ver and Christmas has arrived. The past mnths planning and preparatin has finally cme t fruitin. And I m curius hw many families here this mrning have already celebrated their Christmas. (Raise yur hands if yu have already exchanged yur gifts and s frth.) Nw, beside hand raising, there are a cuple f ways frm up here that I might be able t guess there are sme families where the kids are all jy and ther which are all full f anxiety. There are sme peple here in new utfits, maybe pened tday, and ther are still in yur usual heretical Seahawks gear. And f curse sme here this mrning have bright clear eyes, and thers are squinting with bldsht eyes due t the many camera flashes yu had t endure psing with every gift pened and a cuple actin phts actually tearing the paper t get a sense mvement. It is kind f a frustrating thing abut Christmas that the preparatins fr Christmas is measured in mnths while the excitement and jy f the hliday is measured in hurs. The preparatin and the celebratin are cmpletely unbalanced and s what d we d t justify this t restre equity well we treasure the time. We create ways t capture and remember tday. (sure the preparatin is mnths, and the celebratin is hurs, but memry is measured in years) And it is amazing hw much technlgy has furthered ur ability t capture mments. Yu can g thrugh albums 30 years ag a cuple pictures in dull clr. 20 years ag, picture and maybe a silent vide. 10 years lts f pictures a few vides with sund and clr. And tday half the peple prbably have their phne in the air recrding r taking phts and immediately publish it nline. (what an amazing change in a single lifetime) But I wnder if we actually spend s much time and effrt tday creating media t remember Christmas that we actually miss the celebratin. Our day might be s full f staring at screens and lking thrugh lens that we frget t fcus n what s ging n n the ther side f technlgy. (Mre interested in capturing a smile than basking in it - mre interested in capturing a memry instead f entering ne) And I hnestly d fear that fr sme peple the many pictures and vides became necessary cause they are the nly memries they have. And the very thing they sught t capture (with this camera) desn t exist here (in the mind) and it never made it dwn here (t the heart) In trying t capture ur treasure; we lse it. And s this mrning I desire t fcus n hw d we keep treasures. Hw d we nt nly capture memries, but shape them int ur minds and refine them int ur hearts? Hw des the Christmas stry becme mre than just anther picture in the pht album f ur life and rather be transfrmed int a stry which dwells in ur mind and heart. Well these are the questins I wish t pursue in Mary s respnse t the first Christmas stry - But Mary treasured all these things and pndered them in her heart. Mments r Messages: I desire t start this message by asking the questin: What did Mary treasure? The verse reads Mary treasured all these things and pndered them in her heart: what are the things 1

2 Faith Cmmunity Fellwship / Munt Vernn, WA / December 25, 2016 Matthew is referencing? Nw the Christmas stry is quite a cmmn stry, whether yu spend every Sunday in a church r if yu spend the majrity f yur Sundays at hme r at wrk in this culture yu likely knw the Christmas stry quite well. We ve heard it tld many times, we ve seen it displayed all ver, we ve watched n screen, and it even pssible we have acted it ut in sme drama r cantata. We d nt lack infrmatin cncerning the stry s knwing that what shuld Mary have treasured? If yu were Mary (r Jseph) and yu wanted t remember the Christmas stry hw wuld yu have captured? What wuld yur Facebk page lk like? There wuld likely be a 100 pictures f the baby Jesus and 7 gd nes n display There wuld likely be picture f us hlding baby Jesus with big smiles (new family) Maybe yu put a picture f the baby in an animal feeding trugh and pst LOL with a shck face (explaining culdn t make it t hspital) Or maybe yu capture the cuple f hmeless men wh came t see the baby and pst crazy right? And just like ur nativity sets we wuld make sure ur makeup and clthes are ideal befre the pht we d nt want t actually capture peple and place pst birth This is what we are usually capturing. We are capturing mments t remember. And let me say that ur technlgy is fantastic at this. Our cameras and recrders are s gd that they can capture a mment better than ur eye. We have limited attentin, limited clr spectrum, limited range f visin and if this is what we are afraid f missing than living life thrugh technlgy makes all the sense in the wrld. But why then des a picture never quite capture reality? What is missing? Well the answer is in what Mary is treasuring and pndering in her heart. But befre turning t the answer I want t share my wn struggle with the deficiency f depictin. One f my lifelng hbbies is drawing. I lve t draw drawing is a wnderful way fr me t express things when wrds fail. Fr that reasn, I have gifted sme drawings. Only nce thugh have I attempted t draw peple t draw a real-life event I was within. I drew a picture f myself and Jacque n ur wedding day and I prbably spent mre time wrking and re-wrking ur faces (2 square inches n the page) that I did n the rest f the drawing cmbined. (Everything else was cmpleted mnths prir t ur faces) Nw I have shwed the drawing t cuntless peple and I get 2 different reactins: Many are impressed with the drawing and witness nthing specifically wrng with the drawing Others are impressed with the drawing and immediately bserve the faces are wrng Nw I can tell yu mathematically the faces are crrect (while much else is ff). The lines and the shading, the shadws, are exactly where they belng n ur face. And it yet smething is still wrng (thse wh were there quickly ntice it, Jacque bserves it, and t my great frustratin I knw it). What is missing in this drawing nt the mment; it is the message 2

3 Faith Cmmunity Fellwship / Munt Vernn, WA / December 25, 2016 The human faces pssess 43 muscles which cnstantly wrk in cnjunctin t cmmunicate the mst cmplex messages imaginable. Mre infrmatin exists in the subtle mvements f the face than in the dramatic flailing f limbs, and ften even the wrds which are spken frm it. It is in the faces f peple that their prfund mystery and the wnderful identity is held in tensin. Faces are the spring frm which messages are cnstantly being transmitted. And my drawing perfectly captures the smile in that mment yet misses the prfund mixed messages f lve, jy, affectin, celebratin, cmmitment, srrw, excitement and s frth which existed in thse mments. What we truly treasure are the messages which are being cmmunicated in Christmas. We dn t spend mnths f planning t create the perfect mment we are trying t send the perfect message. Christmas is all abut messages, nt mments. There is a message in the gift which is given that cameras cannt capture There is a message in the grateful smile which a recrder cannt cntain There is a message in the hugs, kisses, and fist pumps beynd the mment Messages are far greater than mments, and technlgy can nly handle the later Mary is nt treasuring the mment as great as it is. Difficult t think f a mment better than the birth f child. (As a father a great srrw is fading memries f thse mments) Nt the mment, instead Mary is treasuring the message which is being expressed in the stry. The all-imprtant but which starts verse 19 cnfirms this. The previus verse talks abut the twns reactin t the shepherds message and all wh heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said t them. But, a cmparisn with the thers. But Mary treasured up all these things and pndered them in her heart. It was the message which the shepherds shared with the twn that Mary treasured the message which the shepherds received frm the angel, D nt be afraid, I bring yu gd news f great jy that will be fr all peple. Tday in the twn f David a Savir has been brn t yu; he is Christ the Lrd. This will be a sign t yu. Yu shall find a baby wrapped in clth and lying in a manger. (Luke 2:11-12) Glry t Gd in the highest, and n earth peace t all n whm his favr rests. (Luke 2:14) This is the message which transcends the mment. And it is the message f Christmas which we are called t treasure. It is the message f Christmas which we must pnder in ur hearts. We need t spend extended time allwing thse wrds develp in ur hearts that in this Child named Jesus brn ver 2,000 years, alng with the wrld, we receive a Savir, wh is the King, and Lrd f all. These are the wrds that have t becme the extended fcus f ur minds, these are the wrds which must make residence in ur hearts Jesus is ur Savir, Christ, Lrd. And if these wrds are hllw, if the message is empty than I prpse we are still settling fr the mment (fr a quick picture) and missing the message (the real stry tld.) Fr as we escape the mment, we cme t realize that every gift is a message. Every gift is the prduct f time, energy, and thught we sacrifice these things in ur gifts. And f 3

4 Faith Cmmunity Fellwship / Munt Vernn, WA / December 25, 2016 curse, every gift is given at a cst. Christmas is the prduct f Gd s time, energy, and thught and if we fllw the Old Testament we learn just hw much time, energy, and thught Gd had t put int this gift. Christmas cmes at a cst and the cst is the highest imaginable it is Gd giving f his very self. Gd takes that which is mst precius t him, that which has lved and treasured thrughut eternity and he parts with himself in the Eternal Sn. Gd gives the mst precius gift imaginable knwing that it is ging t be reject, that it will be ruined and ultimately destryed. Gd s very heart is displayed in the Christmas gift and it shall be trampled. Yet it is still ffered. Nw what wuld we d in such circumstances. I was asked nce t sell a drawing at a decent price and I laughed saying yu might as well ask me t sell my sul, r my children, nt fr sale. What wuld I d if I knew Jacque wuld reject my drawing, wuld stre it never t lk at it, wuld destry it and place her wn picture in the frame. I wuld have t draw my respnse because wrds culd nt cntain my anger and srrw there wuld be many angry scribbles in red (and defiantly a swrd) I wuld never part with it, and likely never draw it And yet here at Christmas Gd stands ver Bethlehem in the same circumstances he is ging t ffer his mst precius gift, he is ging t give f himself in a mre prfund way than any gd r man has ever given. He is ging t give his sn Jesus knwing the rejectin, shame, and death that is t cme. And as we zm ut frm the Christmas mment as we mve beynd the manger, beynd the hme, beynd, Bethlehem, beynd Judea, beynd the wrld there we see the face f the Father as he reaches dwn ffering the Sn and what d we witness but all 46 muscles displaying the mst prfund message ever spken yu are lve. Yu are s lved I ffer this fr yu. This is hw Gd shwed his lve amng us: He sent his ne and nly Sn int the wrld that we might live thrugh him. 10 This is lve: nt that we lved Gd, but that he lved us and sent his Sn as an atning sacrifice fr ur sins ( 1 Jhn 4:9-10) Hw can we nt treasure this message? Hw can we hear it and nt think abut it ften? Hw can it nt be frever pndered in ur hearts? Hw can we take such a message and settle fr a mment fr picture? Hw d we d that t this stry? Hw d we chse it s ften these Christmases? Let us nt d it this Christmas let us. Let us remember this Christmas nt with the latest technlgy (vides and phnes) but with the ldest resurces ur minds and ur hearts. This Christmas cmmit t treasuring the messages which are being spken in the many memrable mments. Fcus less n gifts which are signs f lve, and lk mre int the faces which displays the message f lve (this Christmas) 4

5 Faith Cmmunity Fellwship / Munt Vernn, WA / December 25, 2016 Fcus less n the manger this Christmas the sign f Gd s lve, and spend time praying and meditating n face f Gd which displays the mst prfund message f lve imaginable. Let treasure all these things (this message) and pnder them in ur hearts tday, tmrrw, every day, fr eternity. 5

Elementary. Week 4. December 23/24, 2017

Elementary. Week 4. December 23/24, 2017 Elementary Week 4 December 23/24, 2017 Bttm Line Gd gave us Jesus! Staging: Wd backdrp Tree standee Cardbard fireplace Christmas trees Buffal Plaid wrapped gifts Game: Candy Cane Hk Em Supplies Needed

More information

Week 1 June 3/4, 2017

Week 1 June 3/4, 2017 Elementary Week 1 June 3/4, 2017 Bttm Line Keep Ging Even When it Gets Hard! Staging: Purple Generic CF Kids Backdrp 24x36 Bttm Line Signs Fun Lighting Giant Fam Bard Maze (Optinal) Game Materials Needed

More information

The BATTLE PLAN for PRAYER

The BATTLE PLAN for PRAYER The BATTLE PLAN fr PRAYER 8 WHAT ARE GOD S ANSWERS TO PRAYER? I sught the Lrd, and He answered me. (Ps. 34: 4) When I needed the Lrd, I lked fr Him; I called ut t Him, and He heard me and respnded. He

More information

What is Love? Unitots 9/18/2016

What is Love? Unitots 9/18/2016 What is Lve? Unitts 9/18/2016 This Week s Theme: Lvingly cmmunicating with my friends and family! Teacher Insights : This Sunday we have a lessn abut the cncept f lve. Our stry and activities will fcus

More information

Elementary. Week 1. December 2/3, Bottom Line Because God gave, I can give! Staging:

Elementary. Week 1. December 2/3, Bottom Line Because God gave, I can give! Staging: Elementary Week 1 December 2/3, 2017 Bttm Line Because Gd gave, I can give! Staging: Wd backdrp Tree Standee Cardbard fireplace Christmas trees Buffal Plaid wrapped gifts Game: The Generus Neighbr Supplies

More information

The Power of Our Thoughts and Words 1st 5th

The Power of Our Thoughts and Words 1st 5th The Pwer f Our Thughts and Wrds 1st 5th 10-16-2016 This Week s Theme: Understanding that ur thughts and wrds create ur reality fr us! Our thughts are like seeds, and we want t grw gd seeds/thughts. Teacher

More information

We Are Children of God

We Are Children of God 8 We Are Children f Gd All Pre-Class Arrange tables and chairs. Pray fr tnight s class. Have music playing. Take attendance. 7:00-7:20 REVIEW Chse an activity r activities frm the fllwing ideas: Review

More information

The Great Commission. April 26-27, Jesus gave us a special job: to show others how to follow him. Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20

The Great Commission. April 26-27, Jesus gave us a special job: to show others how to follow him. Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20 rd 3 5 April 26-27, 2014 Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20 Cnnect Time (15 minutes): Five minutes after the service begins, split kids int grups and begin their activity. th The Great Cmmissin Jesus gave us

More information

Choose Joy Because Happiness Isn t Enough

Choose Joy Because Happiness Isn t Enough Chse Jy Because Happiness Isn t Enugh Day 18: Lk at Yur Busyness Many f us live lives cnstantly n the g with every hur f ur day planned ut. Often, with little pprtunity fr a change in plans r directin.

More information

The final verse from our study in the Gospel of John this morning was John 10:10 in which Jesus said,

The final verse from our study in the Gospel of John this morning was John 10:10 in which Jesus said, Ze: Experiencing The Fullness f Gd In Every Area f Life INTRODUCTION: The final verse frm ur study in the Gspel f Jhn this mrning was Jhn 10:10 in which Jesus said, "The thief des nt cme except t steal,

More information

The Mailbox Club presents...

The Mailbox Club presents... The Mailbx Club presents... BEST FRIENDS 1 Lessn 1 best friends Jesus said, "I have called yu friends... " Jhn 15: 15 Dear Friend, D yu knw that yu have a special friend wh lves yu with all His heart,

More information

With Christ in the School of Prayer Andrew Murray [revised by Harold J. Chadwick copyright by bridge-logos publishers]

With Christ in the School of Prayer Andrew Murray [revised by Harold J. Chadwick copyright by bridge-logos publishers] Sunday Mrning Prayer Class January 11, 2015 With Christ in the Schl f Prayer Andrew Murray [revised by Harld J. Chadwick cpyright by bridge-lgs publishers] LESSON 1 THE ONLY TEACHER One day Jesus was praying

More information

Spirit, Soul, and Body 1 st - 5 th 10/9/2016

Spirit, Soul, and Body 1 st - 5 th 10/9/2016 Spirit, Sul, and Bdy 1 st - 5 th 10/9/2016 This Week s Theme: The purpse f this lessn is t understand that we have the pwer t chse which part f us we will listen t. Our inner higher self can say N! t limiting

More information

Baptism for Children at Summit Drive Church

Baptism for Children at Summit Drive Church Baptism fr Children at Summit Drive Church Baptism fr Children at Summit Drive Church Therefre g and make disciples f all natins, baptizing them in the name f the Father and f the Sn and f the Hly Spirit,

More information

A Study of Acts Chapter 2

A Study of Acts Chapter 2 A Study f Acts Chapter 2 I. WHY STUDY ACTS? A. We study Acts because it has implicatins fr the present-day church 1. We need a scripturally centered apprach n what Gd's intents and purpses are fr the Church.

More information

Small group questions

Small group questions Small grup questins Exdus 33:12-34:14 - Our cmpassinate and gracius Gd Leaders if the questins make n sense r yu dn t knw the answer please cntact the preacher! 1. As yu were grwing up, what did yu think

More information

That s one of the most difficult things to deal with as a Christian.

That s one of the most difficult things to deal with as a Christian. Intrductin Have Yu Cnsidered My Servant? Jb 1-2 Gd s deepest cmfrts are nt attached t answers. That s ne f the mst difficult things t deal with as a Christian. But Gd desn t leave us hanging, at least

More information

What was your take-away from Wednesday night s lesson- a new idea or concept, or a meaningful thought for you regarding prejudice?

What was your take-away from Wednesday night s lesson- a new idea or concept, or a meaningful thought for you regarding prejudice? LIFEWORK fr Lessn 9 The Ryal Law f Lve (James 2:8-13) There s a scene in the mvie A Few Gd Men where Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a military defense attrney played by Tm Cruise, is questining Cl. Nathan Jessep,

More information

Identity Issues God s Glory and Our Joy Ephesians 1:9

Identity Issues God s Glory and Our Joy Ephesians 1:9 Identity Issues Gd s Glry and Our Jy Ephesians 1:9 We ve been talking identity and hw we frm it The age-ld questin f Wh am I? This questin is imprtant because wh we believe urselves t be will shape and

More information

SEASIDEYOUTH. Volunteer Leaders Training Manual

SEASIDEYOUTH. Volunteer Leaders Training Manual ! SEASIDEYOUTH Vlunteer Leaders Training Manual SeasideYuth Cre Bible Passages On ne f thse days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers f the law were sitting there, wh had cme frm every village f

More information

1. Even though Paul had to privately and publically correct Peter, they were still united.

1. Even though Paul had to privately and publically correct Peter, they were still united. ï» back t title page SERIES: THE GREATNESS OF GRACE TITLE: THE GRACE OF THE SUMMONS TEXT: GALATIANS 2:15-18 INTRO: Here, Paul intrduces the subject f Justificatin, a subject he will deal with mre thrughly

More information

In this case, where there is no vision, the FOOD will perish! Elder Rick Pina

In this case, where there is no vision, the FOOD will perish! Elder Rick Pina www.tdayswrd.rg Unlcking the Pwer f Persnal Visin (Part II) Elder Ricard (Rick) M. Pina Sr. Faith Outreach Christian Life Center Bible Study, January 10 th, 2007 Intrductin: This lessn is the secnd part

More information

Diocese of Youngstown 75 th Anniversary Learnin g: St. Columba Grades 3-6

Diocese of Youngstown 75 th Anniversary Learnin g: St. Columba Grades 3-6 Dicese f Yungstwn 75 th Anniversary Learnin g: St. Clumba Grades 3-6 Objective: T explre hw t live ut ur Gspel call by learning abut the life f St. Clumba. I. Engage the life experience In yur wn wrds:

More information

Missional Living Series Week 1: The Resurrection

Missional Living Series Week 1: The Resurrection Missinal Living Series Week 1: The Resurrectin The Hpe: The Call t the Missin Fr the week f April 12 Hme Grup Leader Instructins: In preparatin fr leading grup discussins and the use f the prvided material,

More information

Sermon / Preaching Research Ephesians (Filled/Beloved) 8/16/15 at Holy Cross

Sermon / Preaching Research Ephesians (Filled/Beloved) 8/16/15 at Holy Cross Sermn / Preaching Research Ephesians 5.1-21 (Filled/Belved) 8/16/15 at Hly Crss Life Grup Leader Guide Instructins Leading a grup can be intimidating but here s sme help. Included in this packet are three

More information

What is the purpose of an anchor? How is Jesus the Anchor of our Souls?

What is the purpose of an anchor? How is Jesus the Anchor of our Souls? THEREFORE DON T FALL AWAY CHAPTER 6 FACILITATOR S NOTE Fllwing frm the authr s rebuke f the audience at the end f the previus chapter, this chapter discusses the fundatin f the faith and encurages us t

More information

DOOR TO DOOR. A Door to Door Visiting Manual

DOOR TO DOOR. A Door to Door Visiting Manual DOOR TO DOOR A Dr t Dr Visiting Manual Ntes fr Participant's Hi! This shrt curse is designed t assist yu in ding dr t dr visiting r drkncking. T d the curse yu will need a cpy f these participant's ntes

More information

TAKING LEADERSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL

TAKING LEADERSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL 5/10/14 Ps Brian Heath TAKING LEADERSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL We need a specific type f church t really make a difference in ur wrld. NEHEMIAH 2:11-20: S I came t Jerusalem and was there three days. Then

More information

Lesson 3: When God calls and means you

Lesson 3: When God calls and means you Fcused n seekers United in fellwship Cmmitted t discipleship Active in Training Tgether in Service Mdule 3 / Lessn 3: When Gd calls yu and means yu Lessn 3: When Gd calls and means yu Intrductin In lessn

More information

Middle/High School Sunday School Lessons by. rfour.org

Middle/High School Sunday School Lessons by. rfour.org Middle/High Schl Sunday Schl Lessns by rfur.rg Year 2: Sessin 3 Jnah and Jesus Class 9: Luke 4:1-15 Jesus In The Wilderness CONCEPTS that will be cvered in the lessn Discuss why smething is tempting Highlight

More information

i. We live in a day where, the ends justify the means. This is what is known as pragmatism. Many churches are walking down this slippery slope.

i. We live in a day where, the ends justify the means. This is what is known as pragmatism. Many churches are walking down this slippery slope. ï» back t title page SERIES: THE GREATNESS OF GRACE TITLE: THE EVIDENCE OF SINCERITY TEXT: GALATIANS 6:1-5 Uncmmn Stries and Illus #76 - A new lawyer came t twn. New twn. New ffice. N clients. Once day

More information

Lake Families Bible Memory 2018

Lake Families Bible Memory 2018 Equipping Families with the Wrd f Gd At Lake Bible Church, we believe that parents are the primary evangelists and disciplers f their children (Deut. 6:4-9; Pss. 78; Prv. 1-6; Eph. 6:4). This resurce has

More information

1Corinthians 15B. Our entry into chapter 15 of this letter gave us a clear-eyed view of the gospel. The story has never changed:

1Corinthians 15B. Our entry into chapter 15 of this letter gave us a clear-eyed view of the gospel. The story has never changed: 1Crinthians 15B Our entry int chapter 15 f this letter gave us a clear-eyed view f the gspel Paul tld the church this was the message he received frm the Lrd and delivered t them The stry has never changed:

More information

Elementary. Week 4. November 25/26, 2017

Elementary. Week 4. November 25/26, 2017 Elementary Week 4 Nvember 25/26, 2017 Bttm Line Always Be Grateful! Staging: Waterclr backdrp Film Strip (t be used as a backdrp) Red curtain with lights (t be used as backdrp) Standees (camera, film reel)

More information

I See You! Psalm 139. Theological Level three truths about God

I See You! Psalm 139. Theological Level three truths about God I See Yu! Psalm 139 Intr 1. Psalm 139 is ne f the greatest chapters in the entire Bible. 2. Michael W Smith des a dramatic reading f it at a cncert. 3. We are appraching it n tw levels thelgical (what

More information

Genesis 1D (2011) The sixth day began with animals and ended with man. Notice a difference in how man is created?

Genesis 1D (2011) The sixth day began with animals and ended with man. Notice a difference in how man is created? Genesis 1D (2011) Gen. 1:26 Then Gd said, Let Us make man in Our image, accrding t Our likeness; and let them rule ver the fish f the sea and ver the birds f the sky and ver the cattle and ver all the

More information

Let me begin very transparently with you and pose an interesting dilemma.

Let me begin very transparently with you and pose an interesting dilemma. St. Michael s Church CHARLESTON, SC SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2107 ROMANS 10:5-15 MATTHEW 10: 27-33 PREACHER: THE REV. AL ZADIG, JR. HELP US LORD TO BE SO CONNECTED TO YOU THAT WE MIGHT BECOME THE SERVANTS OF

More information

SOURCE CODE: UNTANGLE THE WEB

SOURCE CODE: UNTANGLE THE WEB FOR LEADERS ONLY GRADES 4-5 MAY 2018 SOURCE CODE: UNTANGLE THE WEB GOD VIEW: GOD VIEW: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HONESTY AND GOD S CHARACTER, AS SHOWN THROUGH GOD S BIG STORY HONESTY IS A REFLECTION OF THE

More information

Genesis 22A (2011) The testing will expose Abraham s true heart

Genesis 22A (2011) The testing will expose Abraham s true heart Genesis 22A (2011) The Bible calls Abraham the father f faith Abraham is the man Paul uses as his example when he taught the way t salvatin was always by faith in Gd s prmises Abraham has seen Gd appear

More information

Hebrews 2A (2014) People tend to judge the value of a message - at least in part - by the reputation or importance of the messenger

Hebrews 2A (2014) People tend to judge the value of a message - at least in part - by the reputation or importance of the messenger Hebrews 2A (2014) Peple tend t judge the value f a message - at least in part - by the reputatin r imprtance f the messenger We prefer that imprtant news cmes frm imprtant and reputable surces If yu hear

More information

Passage We are continuing our series on the parables of Jesus this morning with a parable from Luke 14: The Parable of the Great Banquet.

Passage We are continuing our series on the parables of Jesus this morning with a parable from Luke 14: The Parable of the Great Banquet. Tdd Misfeldt Luke 14:15-24 - The Parable f the Great Banquet 1 Passage We are cntinuing ur series n the parables f Jesus this mrning with a parable frm Luke 14:15-24 - The Parable f the Great Banquet.

More information

Easter Many of us remember this account from the reciting a confession of faith common to many churches

Easter Many of us remember this account from the reciting a confession of faith common to many churches Easter 2012 The Lrd is Risen! On the week f Passver each year, the Christian church celebrates the ccasin f Christ s passin, death and three days later His resurrectin We take a Sunday t acknwledge the

More information

Reverend Michael J. Yadron, Pastor Miss Emily Hackett, Director of Religious Education

Reverend Michael J. Yadron, Pastor Miss Emily Hackett, Director of Religious Education Reverend Michael J. Yadrn, Pastr Miss Emily Hackett, Directr f Religius Educatin There are different kinds f spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different frms f service but the same Lrd; there

More information

Unit: Loyalty- our duty to God, the Promise Keeper

Unit: Loyalty- our duty to God, the Promise Keeper Unit: Lyalty- ur duty t Gd, the Prmise Keeper Definitin: keeping prmises f devtin, duty, r attachment t smebdy r smething Fcal Biblical Truth: Gd mdeled lyalty by the way He std by the characters in the

More information

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church St. Vincent de Paul Cathlic Church Daily Mass Lectr Guidelines As f July 20, 2013 Liturgical Minister Rle f Lectr at Daily Mass in Chapel Prclaim and cnvey Gd s hly Wrd as messengers sharing and serving

More information

Need Answers? Need Help? For the Church Are You a Pastor Languages Corporate Calendar Store Media Donate

Need Answers? Need Help? For the Church Are You a Pastor Languages Corporate Calendar Store Media Donate Adventist Heritage Center Frm: Sent: T: Subject: The Hpe f Survivrs n behalf f The Hpe f Survivrs Mnday, September 26, 2016 10:02 AM Adventist

More information

The Breathing Prayer. When Catholics don t go to Mass. Breathe in God s Love Breathe out. When did Catholics stop coming to Mass every Sunday?

The Breathing Prayer. When Catholics don t go to Mass. Breathe in God s Love Breathe out. When did Catholics stop coming to Mass every Sunday? When Cathlics dn t g t Mass The Breathing Prayer Breathe in Gd s Lve Breathe ut When did Cathlics stp cming t Mass every Sunday? 1965: 55% at Mass every Sunday Tday: 24% at Mass every Sunday Surce: CARA

More information

The Reason for Easter

The Reason for Easter Blake Jennings Grace Bible Church Suthwd The Reasn fr Easter Galatians 4:4-7 The reasn fr Easter - the reasn Jesus died and rse frm the dead - is s that we culd belng t the family f Gd. He redeemed us

More information

Genesis 22B (2011) Did God really expect him to take such an unthinkable step? How will it feel to watch his son die?

Genesis 22B (2011) Did God really expect him to take such an unthinkable step? How will it feel to watch his son die? Genesis 22B (2011) As Abraham stands at the tp f Mt. Mriah preparing t sacrifice his nly sn, he must have been warring with his wn fears and dubts Did Gd really expect him t take such an unthinkable step?

More information

A Race Well Run! Hebrews 12:1-3

A Race Well Run! Hebrews 12:1-3 A Race Well Run! Hebrews 12:1-3 Hw t Run and Finish Well? Hebrews 12:1-3 1 Therefre, since we are surrunded by such a great clud f witnesses, let us thrw ff everything that hinders and the sin that s easily

More information

Genesis 7A (2011) As last week ended, we came to the end of God s instructions to Noah

Genesis 7A (2011) As last week ended, we came to the end of God s instructions to Noah Genesis 7A (2011) As last week ended, we came t the end f Gd s instructins t Nah Gen. 6:22 Thus Nah did; accrding t all that Gd had cmmanded him, s he did. What a remarkable testimny t the faith f Nah

More information

If we willingly submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father, in the end we will share in His holiness.

If we willingly submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father, in the end we will share in His holiness. Heavenly Discipline Hebrews 12:3-11 Hebrews 12:3-11 Intrductin The riginal readers f this sermn wuld have been very familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures ur Old Testament. The passage we will study tday

More information

Participant Reading Week Three PRAYER

Participant Reading Week Three PRAYER Participant Reading Week Three PRAYER There is a place f quiet rest near t the heart f Gd. Oh Jesus, blessed redeemer, sent frm the heart f Gd. Hld thse wh cme befre thee near t the heart f Gd. Cleland

More information

Introduction to John s Gospel

Introduction to John s Gospel Intrductin t Jhn s Gspel Jhn 20:30-31 I am very excited tday because we are starting ur study f the furth gspel. I clearly remember reading thrugh the Gspel f Jhn sn after I was saved. Gd used the wrds

More information

Leader s Prep Guide. Session Overview The Session Overview is a glance at some of the big picture details of each session.

Leader s Prep Guide. Session Overview The Session Overview is a glance at some of the big picture details of each session. Leader s Prep Guide The Leader s Prep Guide is a ne- page glimpse f the stuff yu need t knw t begin preparing t teach the Large Grup Sessin. Sessin Overview The Sessin Overview is a glance at sme f the

More information

John 8: Jesus and the adulteress - Author: Evert Jan Hempenius

John 8: Jesus and the adulteress - Author: Evert Jan Hempenius Jhn 8:2-11 - Jesus and the adulteress - Authr: Evert Jan Hempenius 2015 www.christianstudylibrary.rg Fr any questins abut this Scripture passage r the ntes, please cntact us thrugh the Cntact Us tab n

More information

Genesis 3B (2011) We last saw Woman at a pivotal moment in human history. She encountered evil in the form of a snake

Genesis 3B (2011) We last saw Woman at a pivotal moment in human history. She encountered evil in the form of a snake Genesis 3B (2011) We last saw Wman at a pivtal mment in human histry She encuntered evil in the frm f a snake The snake was indwelled by Satan And he brught Wman a challenge Did Gd really say that they

More information

Love - Fulfillment of the Commandments

Love - Fulfillment of the Commandments Lve Lifted Me Recvery Ministries http://www.lveliftedmerecvery.cm Lve - Fulfillment f the Cmmandments Jesus said, "If yu lve Me, keep My cmmandments" (Jhn 14:15). I remember as a new Christian wndering,

More information

Week 6: Sword of the Spirit

Week 6: Sword of the Spirit Memry Verse: N Memry Verse Lessns fr the week: Mnday: N Lessn Back t Schl Night Tuesday: Swrd f the Spirit Wednesday: Temptatin f Jesus Matthew Thursday: N Lessn Reward Field Trip Week 6: Swrd f the Spirit

More information

CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE LESSON 3: THE CREATOR

CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE LESSON 3: THE CREATOR Essentials fr Spiritual Leadership Leader s Guide CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE LESSON 3: THE CREATOR INTRODUCTION This lessn is part f a Discipleship Essentials mdule titled. This series f lessns examines dctrines

More information

The Heart of VBS: Evangelism

The Heart of VBS: Evangelism The Heart f VBS: Evangelism Purpse Statement This 45 minute cnference plan is designed t help cnferees renew a cmmitment t building bridges t the spiritual rphans in their cmmunity thrugh ging back t the

More information

CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE LESSON 3: THE CREATOR

CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE LESSON 3: THE CREATOR Essentials fr Spiritual Leadership Study Guide CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE LESSON 3: THE CREATOR INTRODUCTION This lessn is part f a Discipleship Essentials mdule titled Christian Dctrine. This series f lessns

More information

Lessons in Serving without Distraction Luke 10:38-42

Lessons in Serving without Distraction Luke 10:38-42 Lessns in Serving withut Distractin Luke 10:38-42 But Martha was distracted by much serving Gerge Mueller (1805-1898) lived his life serving the Lrd and serving thers. Fr much f the 20 th Century, he established

More information

Kirk Miller 1 December 4 th, 2011 Lake Drive Baptist Church Sunday morning service

Kirk Miller 1 December 4 th, 2011 Lake Drive Baptist Church Sunday morning service Kirk Miller 1 December 4 th, 2011 Lake Drive Baptist Church Sunday mrning service Please turn t Philippians 1:27-30 Intrductin: Jesus lves me this I knw, fr the Bible tells me s. Fr Gd s lved the wrld,

More information

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 1 Luke 22:14-30 (New Internatinal Versin) 14 When the hur came, Jesus and his apstles reclined at the table. 15 And he said t them, I have eagerly desired t eat this Passver with yu befre I suffer. 16

More information

What If Your Mother s Day Isn t a Hallmark Movie? The Book of Ruth. Dr. Steve Horn. May 14, 2017

What If Your Mother s Day Isn t a Hallmark Movie? The Book of Ruth. Dr. Steve Horn. May 14, 2017 What If Yur Mther s Day Isn t a Hallmark Mvie? The Bk f Ruth Dr. Steve Hrn May 14, 2017 Text Intrductin: The bk f Judges and 1 Samuel is separated by Ruth, which gives an accunt f a bright spt fr Israel

More information

Worship in Communion 1 Corinthians 11:18-34

Worship in Communion 1 Corinthians 11:18-34 Blake Jennings Grace Bible Church Suthwd Wrship in Cmmunin 1 Crinthians 11:18-34 Cmmunin is abut s much mre than just bread and wine (r juice as the case may be!) It's a gift frm Gd the Father t help us

More information

Who Were the Wise Men - Matthew 2:1-12

Who Were the Wise Men - Matthew 2:1-12 Wh Were the Wise Men - Matthew 2:1-12 One Christmas, mm decided that she was n lnger ging t remind her children t write their thank-yu ntes fr the gifts they receive. As a result, their grandmther never

More information

In the Gospels, Jesus tells of the end of the age, will be the final Judgement.

In the Gospels, Jesus tells of the end of the age, will be the final Judgement. Speaker: Title: Prince Guneratnam The Judgment Seat f Christ INTRODUCTION The Judgement Seat f Christ will be the next event nce the Rapture takes place. Only believers will be at this Judgement t receive

More information

Genesis 3D (2011) We saw last week that God never curses woman. And those punishments are severe

Genesis 3D (2011) We saw last week that God never curses woman. And those punishments are severe Genesis 3D (2011) Gd has respnded t the sin f the Garden by punishing Satan and then giving wman grace even in the midst f her suffering the cnsequences f sin The cming fallen wrld, this cuple f their

More information

Genesis 17A (2011) Today, for the fourth time, God will appear to Abram. But today, God is ready to bring Abram the full revelation of His covenant

Genesis 17A (2011) Today, for the fourth time, God will appear to Abram. But today, God is ready to bring Abram the full revelation of His covenant Genesis 17A (2011) Tday, fr the furth time, Gd will appear t Abram And the ccasin fr the visitatin is similar t the previus three visits: Gd s cvenant with Abram But tday, Gd is ready t bring Abram the

More information

Ephesians 2B. We re moving through some of the most important doctrine in all the New Testament

Ephesians 2B. We re moving through some of the most important doctrine in all the New Testament Ephesians 2B We re mving thrugh sme f the mst imprtant dctrine in all the New Testament And when we started this jurney a cuple f mnths ag, I warned that we wuld be challenged at times by what we learned

More information

PROACTIVE CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

PROACTIVE CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP Institute fr Cathlic Educatin PROACTIVE CATHOLIC SCHOOL LEADERSHIP THE ONTARIO LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK AND PERSONAL LEADERSHIP RESOURCES C P C O N E W V I C E - P R I N C I PA L S E M I N A R M I C H A E

More information

How to be a Good Christian and other religious nonsense

How to be a Good Christian and other religious nonsense Hw t be a Gd Christian and ther religius nnsense 2.2.11 Galatians Series Sermn 3 The Gspel Creates Unity Galatians 2:11-14 Title Reading and teaching frm the NLT This week is a message fr Christians Next

More information

Ephesians 1F. Today we finally finish Paul s 270 word sentence in Ephesians 1. We ve been studying this passage according to the outline Paul provides

Ephesians 1F. Today we finally finish Paul s 270 word sentence in Ephesians 1. We ve been studying this passage according to the outline Paul provides Ephesians 1F Tday we finally finish Paul s 270 wrd sentence in Ephesians 1 Frm vs.3-14 Paul has been explaining the ways in which the believer is spiritually blessed as a result f Gd s grace This sectin

More information

God s Master Plan Part One Election in Eternity Past

God s Master Plan Part One Election in Eternity Past Gd s Master Plan Part One Electin in Eternity Past Last week if yu remember, we intrduced this bk - - and ne cmmentatr called it the GRAND CANYON OF SCRIPTURE And we imagined we were standing n the brink

More information

WORTHY LIFE PROGRAM HAWKS

WORTHY LIFE PROGRAM HAWKS WORTHY LIFE PROGRAM HAWKS SPIRITUAL THEME: My Faith and Belief, My Neighbr and My Family (respnsibility, teamwrk and cperatin) Key Gal: T develp faith in the Lrd thrugh learning (discipleship) and activities

More information

Hebrews 10A (2014) Over the New Year s holiday, a lot of families like to go to the movies. The New Covenant provided a sacrifice to cover all sin

Hebrews 10A (2014) Over the New Year s holiday, a lot of families like to go to the movies. The New Covenant provided a sacrifice to cover all sin Hebrews 10A (2014) Over the New Year s hliday, a lt f families like t g t the mvies And when yu g t the mvies, yu are sure t see cming attractins f future mvies Smetimes the thse trailers give away t much

More information

POPE FRANCIS. Presented by Renée Underwood January 11, 2016

POPE FRANCIS. Presented by Renée Underwood January 11, 2016 POPE FRANCIS Presented by Renée Underwd January 11, 2016 Opening Prayer Lrd, teach me t be generus. Teach me t serve yu as yu deserve; t give and nt t cunt the cst, t fight and nt t heed the wunds, t til

More information

BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE Prt 4

BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE Prt 4 This mrning I want t finish ff the series n prayer BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE Last week we cvered the fllwing 1. Yur attitude twards prayer determines its effectiveness 2. Make prayers f faith.

More information

A SERMON PREACHED ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 AT BETHANY BEACH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, BETHANY BEACH, DE

A SERMON PREACHED ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 AT BETHANY BEACH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, BETHANY BEACH, DE A SERMON PREACHED ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 AT BETHANY BEACH CHRISTIAN CHURCH, BETHANY BEACH, DE A little girl was sitting n her grandfather s lap as he read her a bedtime stry. Frm time t time, she

More information

The Story of Christmas Through the Eyes of Mark Mark 1:1-20. December 9, Dr. Steve Horn

The Story of Christmas Through the Eyes of Mark Mark 1:1-20. December 9, Dr. Steve Horn The Stry f Christmas Thrugh the Eyes f Mark Mark 1:1-20 December 9, 2012 Dr. Steve Hrn Text Intrductin: This mnth we are cnsidering the Christmas stry as tld by the authrs f the fur Gspels. Last week,

More information

Relying On The Holy Spirit

Relying On The Holy Spirit Relying On The Hly Spirit Experience the jy-filled walk with Gd under the aninting f the Hly Spirit. Have yu ever seen a child stare in wide-eyed wnder as she listens t a new stry? That's the way many

More information

EXALT JESUS. Sermon in a sentence: More than anything else, or anyone else, we need to exalt Jesus!

EXALT JESUS. Sermon in a sentence: More than anything else, or anyone else, we need to exalt Jesus! EXALT JESUS 1 EXALT JESUS July 6, 2014 Sermn in a sentence: Mre than anything else, r anyne else, we need t exalt Jesus! Scriptures: (NKJV) Jhn 3:14; Jhn 12:27-33; (Num 21:4-9); Phil 2:5-11; 2 Cr. 5:14-19;

More information

11/17/2010 LECTURE 16: KIERKEGAARD SØREN KIERKEGAARD OUTLINE. Soren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher who lived between

11/17/2010 LECTURE 16: KIERKEGAARD SØREN KIERKEGAARD OUTLINE. Soren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher who lived between LECTURE 16: KIERKEGAARD SØREN KIERKEGAARD Sren Kierkegaard Kierkegaard was a Danish philspher wh lived between 1813-1855 A cntrversial figure in the histry f religin thrugh his attack upn Christendm One

More information

Cornerstone See God Rightly

Cornerstone See God Rightly Crnerstne See Gd Rightly When we study the Bible it is f vital imprtance that we shuld always keep this idea.that the ne great bject and intentin thrughut is Gd revealing Himself; and yu and I must discver

More information

Genesis 5 (2011) Things aren t always as they appear, especially in Scripture. And especially in the genealogy chapters of Genesis

Genesis 5 (2011) Things aren t always as they appear, especially in Scripture. And especially in the genealogy chapters of Genesis Genesis 5 (2011) Tday is Mther s Day... An Amish by and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almst everything they saw, but especially by tw shiny, silver walls that culd mve apart and

More information

Genesis 1C (2011) We return to Day 3 briefly to notice one interesting detail. The trees are told by God to bear fruit after their kind

Genesis 1C (2011) We return to Day 3 briefly to notice one interesting detail. The trees are told by God to bear fruit after their kind Genesis 1C (2011) We return t Day 3 briefly t ntice ne interesting detail The trees are tld by Gd t bear fruit after their kind The trees were cmmanded t reprduce, but in a very specific way They were

More information

1Corinthians 12C. As we believe, we are equipped by the Spirit. And He unites the body of Christ. There are a variety of ministries

1Corinthians 12C. As we believe, we are equipped by the Spirit. And He unites the body of Christ. There are a variety of ministries 1Crinthians 12C Thrugh the first ten verses f chapter 12, Paul has begun patiently teaching the church abut the nature and purpse f spiritual gifts We ve learned that spiritual gifts are a cnsequence f

More information

John 1:23 John the Baptist said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord.

John 1:23 John the Baptist said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord. SERMON FOR 24 JUNE 2018 NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST Fr Dirk van Dissell Jhn 1:23 Jhn the Baptist said, I am the vice f ne crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way f the Lrd. Jhn 1:29 The next

More information

Foundations Creation, the Gospel & New Identity

Foundations Creation, the Gospel & New Identity I. Typical Creatin Questins Fundatins Creatin, the Gspel & New Identity Identity - I am a new creatin. I am redeemed. I belng t Gd. Where did Gd cme frm? Hw did peple live s lng (and what abut the dinsaurs)?

More information

I Talk With God! Unitots 8/30/2015

I Talk With God! Unitots 8/30/2015 I Talk With Gd! Unitts 8/30/2015 This Week s Theme: Explring hw talking t Gd and listening t Gd in prayer helps us feel safe and guided. Teacher Insights: Our emphasis n this Sunday will be t prvide the

More information

FRCC Harp & Bowl Ministry Revelation 1: The Beauty of Jesus REVELATION 1:14b

FRCC Harp & Bowl Ministry Revelation 1: The Beauty of Jesus REVELATION 1:14b FRCC Harp & Bwl Ministry Revelatin 1: The Beauty f Jesus 1 RESOURCES marks material included in fllwing ntes 14 and his eyes were like blazing fire. Revelatin 1:14b Jesus Eyes f Fire: Fear f Gd and Intimacy

More information

Genesis (2011) 47A. And this section will bring his story to a close. This is the story of Jacob in Egypt. He has decided they should live in Goshen

Genesis (2011) 47A. And this section will bring his story to a close. This is the story of Jacob in Egypt. He has decided they should live in Goshen Genesis (2011) 47A The stry f Jacb tldt enters the final sectin tday And this sectin will bring his stry t a clse This is the stry f Jacb in Egypt He and his family will ride ut the rest f the famine in

More information

LIFE GROUP LEADER. diverse form / unified function

LIFE GROUP LEADER. diverse form / unified function LIFE GROUP LEADER diverse frm / unified functin PURPOSE The missin fr each Life Grup is t be a safe and welcming envirnment where peple can develp meaningful friendships with each ther; the primary gal

More information

Genesis 1B (2011) And God separated light from darkness. God named the light and dark. Light without an apparent source. Where does it come from?

Genesis 1B (2011) And God separated light from darkness. God named the light and dark. Light without an apparent source. Where does it come from? Genesis 1B (2011) Gen. 1:3 Then Gd said, Let there be light ; and there was light. Gen. 1:4 Gd saw that the light was gd; and Gd separated the light frm the darkness. Gen. 1:5 Gd called the light day,

More information

1Corinthians 12A. We now launch into the next major section of Paul s letter and a new topic. The new topic is spiritual gifts in the body

1Corinthians 12A. We now launch into the next major section of Paul s letter and a new topic. The new topic is spiritual gifts in the body 1Crinthians 12A We nw launch int the next majr sectin f Paul s letter and a new tpic Paul is ready t tackle the next questin he received frm the Crinthian church as delivered by Chle s delegatin The new

More information

Grade 6 Lesson 7. Before the lesson: Hand out We Gather as Family.

Grade 6 Lesson 7. Before the lesson: Hand out We Gather as Family. Grade 6 Lessn 7 Key Pints The Divine Mercy Chaplet Jesus is called the Redeemer because by his Death n the Crss, he brught back the human race frm the slavery f sin. The Sabbath is the seventh day f the

More information

LESSON 4B Saving Faith and Perfect Faith

LESSON 4B Saving Faith and Perfect Faith LESSON 4B Saving Faith and Perfect Faith Smetimes Running Frward is Staying Put When climbing t the tp f Mt Everest yu must stp at varius altitudes t acclimate t the altitude r yu wn t make it t the tp.

More information

1Samuel 3. We ve covered Samuel s birth and his arrival in Eli s family. And now the story turns to Samuel s call to serve the Lord

1Samuel 3. We ve covered Samuel s birth and his arrival in Eli s family. And now the story turns to Samuel s call to serve the Lord 1Samuel 3 We ve cvered Samuel s birth and his arrival in Eli s family And nw the stry turns t Samuel s call t serve the Lrd Of curse, we already knw that Hannah has dedicated Samuel t the Lrd And we knw

More information