This recording will bring you into our gathering, you can hear the verses, and join us in prayer for others and our city.
How you start each day has a direct impact on how you will respond to what comes of the day. How you start 2017 may have a significant impact on how you live throughout the year. At the beginning of every year as a church we are going without meats & sweets (at least) for 21 days to be focused on God through prayer & fasting. We are choosing to go without normal food and entertainment so that we can start the year more focused on God than anything else.
Let’s look at four benefits of receiving Jesus as the gift.
Reading the Christmas Story can raise your level of joy. Jesus is powerful enough to bring us real change and human enough to understand us. Jesus is an expression of God’s love, sent to save us from our sin, our mistakes, the disorder in our hearts.
Last week we talked about personal peace found in a relationship with Jesus. As we turn toward the Christmas season, let us take a look at the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-16 which lists four women who responded to hurt with faith in God as their Deliverer. They said, “Our hope is in You. We rely on Your unfailing love.”
It’s helpful to do a “peace” check up every once in a while. We open up Philippians 4:4-9 and talk about personal peace. Also, we look at the “Serenity Prayer” and asking God for the strength to submit to His will.
In the last of our 8 weeks on this topic, we look at the way that God can “recycle” our pain. I can choose to yield myself to God and to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
Peter wrote, “Continue to grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus.” How do we do this? We can choose to reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
This is about repairing relationships. It’s time to evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me, and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others. Jesus said, “Happy are those who are merciful to others. Happy are those who work for peace.” Matthew 5:7,9
We all deal with life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits, unhealthy methods for handling life. This is a safe place to find healing & freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Let’s learn how to cooperate with God in His process of changing us.