We are deep into the Advent season…here are all of the messages:
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Calendar of Events
We will celebrate a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Wednesday, December 24th at 7:00 PM
We will not have evening services on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
Spain: Tim and Kristi Johnson and their children Alejandro and Ana return to Spain December 28, 2014. Ask God to bless these last few days with family and friends. Pray for safety of travel, good flights, and to readjust quickly to Spanish culture.
Mission Family: Sam McVay’s father, Gaston McVay, passed away early Monday morning (December 15th). Pray for the family as they mourn their loss and celebrate Mr. McVay’s life. The funeral is at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 22 at Davis Watkins Funeral Home (492 E. Pine Avenue, Crestview Florida).
France: Robert and Judy Bryan return to France December 31, 2014. Pray for them these last two weeks as they complete packing, enjoy time with family, and prepare for their transition. Pray for safety of travel, good flights, and their ministry in the St. Sébastien church.
Mission: Ask God to bless Jeff Turnbough and Mark McPeak as they transition to new positions outside the Mission office. Pray for wisdom and guidance for General Director Clint Morgan as he makes adjustments and reorganizes the office staff.
Globally: As in the States, many people who normally avoid church attend church activities during the Christmas season. Pray attendees will hear and accept the message of God’s magnificent gift of salvation wrapped in His Child. Praise God for those who have already heard the gospel message; pray they will nurture the seeds of Truth and seek Him.
Bible Reading Challenge: Galatians 6:1-10
Bible Memorization Challenge: Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)…3Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Yesterday was a LONG day. Sharon and I didn’t get to bed until after 1:00 AM, as we were manning the donation booths at Longview Lake for the annual Christmas in the Park light display; it earns money for Grandview Assistance Program. We had plenty of help, with half of the volunteers coming from Central Church, but that just meant that there were plenty of us that were tired. When you add in a long week (month) of pre-Christmas activities, we were both pretty well exhausted by the end of service yesterday…and then I get told I’m needed in my office. I thought to myself, “Not today, Lord. I really don’t need to hear someone complaining about something we did (or didn’t) do.” Then I walked into my office to see two children who wanted to talk to me. Last week during the cantata I shared a very direct invitation for people to pray and ask Jesus into their life. These two children had prayed that prayer last week. Needless to say, my exhaustion disappeared!
Too often we may let our physical state or emotional feelings lead us away from God’s blessings. These two children’s commitment to follow Jesus means far more than any amount of exhaustion I might feel. I am so glad I didn’t ignore the call to come to my office! By the way, that brings our year-to-date total to at least seven people that have committed their lives to following Jesus. If you don’t have any other reason to be filled with joy during this season, let that sink in for a few minutes. Seven people who gave their lives to Jesus that otherwise might still be lost.
I am reminded of a verse in Galatians: Galatians 6:9 (ESV)…9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Let’s not give up. I believe that God has even more for us to accomplish in Grandview, and the surrounding areas, during the next year. Have a Merry Christmas!
I hope to see you in church, soon!