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When we think of New Year’s Resolutions, we often let fear assist us with failing. We don’t want to set goals, or accomplish success because we let fear capture our hearts. Moses knew a little something about this too. When God gave him a goal to accomplish, Moses tried talking his way out of it, many times. Have you ever been there? God reminds us to start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can in order to walk by faith in 2018. Join us this week in discovering God’s bigger purposes for our lives, and you’ll accomplish more as you walk by faith.
Mary and Joseph’s plans were interrupted for God’s greater invitation into the Messiah’s life. God has a way of interrupting our plans with His purposes. Don’t be alarmed if God wants to get your attention, so that His greater purposes may prevail. God sees the bigger picture and wants your participation into His plans. Won’t you put your plans on hold for God to work out His purposes in your life? Please do. You won’t be disappointed.
Like King Herod, at the birth of Jesus, we resist the Kingdom of God breaking into our world. Sometimes people forget that God doesn’t come into our world like a tyrant and terrorist, but rather God comes near as a offering of peace, like a little child. God’s Kingdom is breaking into this dark world to take over your kingdom of selfishness and pride. Is it possible that we act like King Herod in our resistance to God’s Kingdom also? We need to be like the wisemen who came seeking proximity to Jesus, bringing gifts of worship to the Savior. We all, like King Herod, have gone astray, but God has come for us like only the Missionary God can.
She went to 11 countries in 11 months to minister to people. Her stories are compelling, her passion is clear and her mission is to serve. Engage with us in hearing how our mission includes every day living, wherever you find yourself, around the world.
The faith story of Rahab, the “former” prostitute is compelling to say the least. Rahab was known for an interesting moral occupation. We might even say immoral. But when she gave her life in faith to those who could save her, we see that her history was changed. In Matthew 1, when the genealogy of Jesus is listed, we see something missing. When you come to faith in God, your story can change also. What is your faith story?
Jacob led a life of deception, lies, trickery and dishonesty, yet God wanted to use him anyways. God met with Jacob on the shores of Jabbok river, and got Jacob’s attention in a very real way. Dislocation of the hip is one of the most painful experiences in my life personally, and would be in your life too. Jacob needed a wake up call to become humbled in the service to the Lord. Join us as we learn about humility.