Midweek Article

CHRISTMAS FEAR OR CHIRSTMAS FAITH

Christmas time is my favorite holiday time of the year. I love the special foods, parties, music and the children’s programs; people are happy and looking forward to time off work and get-togethers with friends or family. Christmas is the only time I get to eat date pinwheel cookies, my favorite!

But, did you realize that fear is also a big part of the Christmas story?  Think of all the places in the Christmas story where fear played a role or is mentioned. 

  • (Luke 1:13) Zechariah was terrified of Gabriel.

THE CHRISTAIN COMMUNITY COMES ALIVE…

Many of our Sunday School classes just finished studying the Standard Publishing, Fall Quarterly titled, THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY COMES ALIVE, which was a study in the book of Acts.  Acts is a chronicle of the first century Church written by Luke.  Within it are many great stories about praying for boldness, speaking up for God, standing firm against opposition, sharing the Gospel with unbelievers, leaving the traditions of man, Missions, Church Planting and more!

With that said, there are several major themes in Acts; let’s consider three of them here:

The Parable of the Two Sons

“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

 “’I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

“Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Give Thanks: Life can change very quickly.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Tatanka and Super Moons

My cousin is a hunter (and I try to be) and he always references the movie Dances with Wolves when he encourages me to get out into the woods. “Dave, get out there and wait for Tatanka”. Tatanka is actually the Sioux word for buffalo, but what my cousin is actually telling me is “go wait for the BIG ONE!”

Unclean

Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

"Am I a Good Person?"

Am I a good person?  Yes or no.

Do you ever hear people say of others, “Man, he’s such a good guy” or “That family…they’re good people”?  It’s common to say things like that, but what did the Lord say in scripture when He was called “good”?

The Rich Young Man – Mark Ch. 10

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