This Evening: “The Fullness of Time”
Somebody who misses the wood for the trees is caught up in the less important detail and they fail to see the overall message. I suppose we would have to say this is the problem with people generally at this time of the year. They are aware of the fact that at this time of the year something or other is happening which relates to Jesus Christ and yet they don’t, sadly, see the picture, they don’t understand the message. On the other hand, seeing almost everybody is thinking about these things, more or less, it is a convenient and an appropriate time for Christians to refresh their memories as to the real message, the big picture, so that we don’t miss the wood for the trees. Join us this Saturday night, Christmas Eve at 6:30 PM as we look to the apostle Paul whom I think especially looks at three aspects of the coming of Christ into the world.
Blessings, Pastor Erik
Joy is a key word in the biblical accounts of the birth of Christ. Joy is at the center of the announcement of the birth to the shepherds and to the world and to us. The shepherds represent common people like you and me. In Luke 2:10-11 “And the angel said to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” This great news of great joy. Great Joy. Not just joy, but exceeding joy, an intense joy, an overwhelming joy, a joy that we don’t see very often today. Today we have one simple task. We will learn what is joy. What does this joy look like? What does this joy feel like? And what do we do when we have joy?
“Bless the Lord, O My Soul”
In just a few short days we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is a shame that we have only one day set aside each year to give thanks to God as a nation. We should have some time set aside each day, to give our praise to Him who has blessed us so richly. I was shopping in one of the local grocery stores this past week and noticed that Thanksgiving has all but been overlooked. Christmas, because of its great commercial power, is already being pushed in the stores.
But as God’s people it is fitting that we should focus our thoughts, not only now but often, upon the goodness of God and offer our gratitude to Him for who He is and for all He has done for us.
Last Sunday we lit the candle of Peace. The second candle of Advent is the Candle of Love. It’s light is meant to remind us of the love that God has for us. Jesus shows us God’s perfect love. He is God’s love in human form. The bible says “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful or conceited, rude or selfish. Love is not quick to take offense, it keeps no records of wrongs, it does not gloat over other people’s troubles, but rejoices in the right, the good, and the true. There is nothing that love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, to its hope, to its endurance. Love never ends. This Sunday I am excited to give the pulpit to LeAnn Stoltenburg., as we hear God’s teaching on love.