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.
Our friend, Pastor Gary Heyes, talks about the way that God brings us to significant opportunities. What would God want to do through you? It’s time for a faith that sees things, before there is evidence.
Today our guest Pastor Ken Malmin unpacks several important thoughts about how we should interact with God’s Word. Pastor Ken come to us from our home church City Bible Church in Portland, Oregon. He serves as an elder of that church and the Dean of Portland Bible College. And, yes, he is the father of our pastor Ben Malmin.