As the calendar turns to late November, we know that not only is Thanksgiving here but Christmas is soon to follow! With all that it entails culturally, it is easy to forget what it means to us spiritually.
I have always thought it appropriate that Jesus came as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. Jesus is the best gift, so it only makes sense that he is wrapped up for us on Christmas. The gifts that Jesus brings to us are to numerous to count, but this year we will look at 6 of them as we head into advent and arrive at Christmas day.
I hope you will join us this week as we explore one of the biggest reasons we can be thankful - forgiveness found in Christ.
Somehow this one slipped by, but supposedly September 23rd was to be the end of the world. Or not. Maybe it was in October. Or not. An author and numerologist claimed based on an interpretation of our passage this week that the world was going to end a couple of months ago. Or not.
Now, I can't speak for you, but I'm still here and doing what Jesus told me to. I'm not sure what the fascination of end of the world sorts of things, but I can't help but wonder why everyone is so consumed with preparing for the apocalypse by getting dried food when Jesus gives us all the instructions we need right in our passage this week.
I hope you will listen as we wrap up the first part of our series "The Last Days of Jesus Christ".
When I worked at Wells Fargo, I remember the annual training we took in order to make sure we understood the signs of elder abuse. The said truth is that many people try to take advantage of the elderly, and widows in particular, in order to have a financial gain.
As Christians, we need to stand up for those who are weak and vulnerable in our society. If we don't, we may get everything else right, but our offerings to God are not acceptable to Him. I hope you can join us this Sunday as we learn what an "Abundant Offering" is to Jesus.
As we continue to explore the last week of Jesus' life before the cross, we have seen time after time after time those in authority try and trap Jesus. This week's message is no different. Except the great lengths that they go to in order to finally trap Jesus have finally reached the absurd level.
However, many times in order to reject Jesus, we go to equally absurd lengths. I hope you can join us this Sunday as we explore "Life in Christ" and see how the main thing isn't always the question on the table - but it's always Jesus.