Christmas from GOD’S Point of View

December 25th, 2018 by admin

It is worth observing that God emphasizes elements of Jesus’ coming that we often do not during this season. God also does not emphasize many things that we do emphasize. In this passage, Philippians 2:1-11, we see that God highlights Jesus’ humble sacrifice, death, and ultimate exaltation and mandate of worship, not his infancy. Regarding Jesus’ coming at “Christmas,” what do you emphasize?

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A Walk-Through Christmas: Key Events Surrounding Jesus’ Birth

December 25th, 2018 by admin

Christmas is much more than a single moment of time. The Old Testament prophesies of Jesus’ birth in Genesis! In this “walk-through” Christmas, we focus on the earthly timeline of events as revealed in the Gospels. As we read the texts of Scripture, several from our congregation do a “walk-through,” representing the various individuals identified in the Biblical account. We begin when the angel appears to Mary, and we end when Jesus is a young man. Get a better picture of the entire account of Jesus’ Christmas coming!

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God Wants ALL of ME: How It Looks in Action (Romans 12:9-21)

December 13th, 2018 by admin

God Wants ALL of ME:  How It LOOKS in ACTION (Romans 12:9-21)

After God describes His will for us in Romans 12:1-8, wanting our bodiesas living sacrifices, renewing our minds to replace worldly thinking, andgifting us to serve one another, He uses the rest of the chapter to paint apicture to show us how this looks in action. God describes our attitudes, actions, and relationships as they look when we are yielding our bodies, our minds, and our time to Him. This is the last of a four-part series on Romans 12.

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God Wants ALL of ME: My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

December 13th, 2018 by admin

God Wants ALL of ME:  My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

God saves us to live for Him. He commands us to yield our bodies to Him, and to be renewing our minds for Him. He does so that we might fully live for Him, serving Him by serving others. God desires for us to serve Him with our time, effort, energy, and abilities. As God is the Lord of our bodies and our minds, He becomes the Lord of all that we do. A major part of that is serving other believers with one or more spiritual abilities that God gives for that very reason.  (This is the third of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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God Wants ALL of ME: My MIND (Romans 12:2)

December 12th, 2018 by admin

Lord of My MIND

God Wants ALL of ME:  My MIND (Romans 12:2)

God saves us to make us completely new. True Christianity involves giving God our body as a living sacrifice (the first lesson in this series) and allowing God to renew our MIND as well. God is to be the Lord of our thoughts as well as our bodies. He desires to prevent us from being programmed by the world, and instead to fill our minds with what is good, acceptable, and perfect. That is God’s will for us. (This is the second of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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God Wants All of Me: MY BODY (Romans 12:1)

December 11th, 2018 by admin

God Wants ALL of ME:  My BODY (Romans 12:1)

Christianity is much more than just participating in external rituals like attending church services or giving money to God’s work. Though these practices are good, God clearly communicates that He wants ALL of you. He wants each believer to yield his or her body to God as worship to Him. This is the first of a four-part series on Romans 12.

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Timeline of Truth: Judges Mid-Book Review (Judges 1:1-12:7)

December 9th, 2018 by admin

Timeline of Truth:  Judges Mid-Book Review (Judges 1:1-12:7)
Here we take a mid-book pause and review the overall lessons of Judges thus far, review the failures of Israel, the response of God, and the deliverers God sent up to this point. We also take a peek at where we yet have to go in this book of reality, which reveals what happens when people forsake God.

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Timeline of Truth: The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)

December 2nd, 2018 by admin

Timeline of Truth:  The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)
Jephthah becomes the victim of his own words. Jephthah has negotiated with the elders of Gilead, and he has negotiated with the Ammonite king who leads forces oppressing Israel. Jephthah depends upon God to give him victory over the Ammonites, but seeks to unnecessarily manipulate God’s favor by vowing like a Canaanite. Jephthah promises to offer as a burnt sacrifice the first thing that comes out to meet him. God gives Jephthah victory, and who comes out to meet him but his only child – his daughter. We examine the different views of what happened, and what Jephthah could have done and should have done. Then we look at Jephthah’s merciless killing of his own Ephraimite brethren. Rejecting of God’s ways can lead to us making foolish choices and committing horrible actions. 

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Timeline of Truth: The Rise of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 10:6-11:29)

November 25th, 2018 by admin

Timeline of Truth:  The Rise of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 10:6-11:29)
Once again Israel rejects God, and God turns the nation over to a very oppressive enemy. Israel confesses their sin, but God says “No.” They put repentant words to their actions. God relents and allows for the raising up of another delivering warrior, Jephthah. Jephthah had been rejected because of his past, which he had no control over, and now is pursued by Israel to lead their army to war against the oppressors. God can use someone that others rejected? How do we approach others that do not meet our affirmation? 

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Timeline of Truth: The Fallout of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 8:31-9:57)

November 19th, 2018 by admin

Timeline of Truth:  The Fallout of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 8:31–9:57)
Gideon’s negative impact does not end with his death. Gideon’s choices and sins produce an environment of death and destruction. Gideon’s son, Abimelech, makes a pact with the leaders of his pagan city and murders all of his many brothers (except the one that hid and escaped) and then sets himself up as king (a position Gideon lived, though maybe without the title). Abimelech follows in his father’s footsteps but with magnified violence and vengeance. God addresses the sin of Abimelech and the men of his city and allows each to destroy the other. Our choices and actions create lasting impact beyond our lifetimes. What impact are you creating? 

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