As a new year begins we wanted to talk about the vision God has put on our hearts: To reach our valley with the hope that is only found in Jesus and see lives transformed by the grace of God.
Nahum prophesied about God’s wrath falling on Nineveh. We may not want to think about God’s wrath and judgement, but a universal reckoning is coming where God will dispense justice just as he did to Nineveh. The refuge Nahum talks of is God himself.
With the new year comes resolutions of things we want to see changed. If we’re not careful they can become self centered: “What I’m going to accomplish for myself”. A good question as we start the new year is: How can I glorify God this next year?
In Luke 2 as the shepherds told the story of what they had seen and heard the people hearing it were in wonder. Not the scratching your head type of wonder, but the sense that something magnificent had happened.
It is important to remember the reason why Jesus came. He didn’t come to receive accolades or popularity. He came to seek and save the lost. The true miracle of Christmas is that Jesus came to pay a price we couldn’t pay.
This time of year we hear the phrase “tis the season” all the time. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the Christmas season and miss what it is all about: King Jesus. Today we focus our hearts and minds on worshiping Him: tis the season for worship.
Sometimes we may think that generosity is something for other people to do. But the reality is that we all can give generously to the spread of the gospel. We see exactly this in Philippians 4:10-23.
In Philippians 4:4-9 Paul says to rejoice in the Lord always. We can be joyful in the midst of sadness or loss because our hope is in Jesus. God can work in difficult situations to produce something good out of it, for His glory. How can we fight anxiety? We fight anxiety with prayer and thanksgiving. (Philippians 4:6) We fight anxiety with a new mindset. (Philippians 4:8) We had a time of public thanksgiving to the Lord at the end…
In Philippians 4:1-3 Paul says that the church must stand firm in the Lord and walk in unity with one another for the sake of the gospel.
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “enemies of the cross?” What are some ways believers may betray the cross with their actions? In Philippians 3:17-4:1 Paul tells us that we must deliberately pursue Christ.