The Apostle Paul gives us the perfect picture of our perfect Savior. Jesus is the kind of Leader I want leading me; the kind of Lord I want governing me; the kind of Savior I want to serve and worship and imitate in my life. How about you?
In this section of Scripture, the Apostle Paul addresses two main areas of our Christian walk and who we are in Christ; Our Heart and Our Head. May our prayer for 2017 be, “Lord change us from the inside out and mold us into the people You want us to become.”
Columnist Bill Vaughan once wrote, speaking of the New Year, “An Optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year come in; a Pessimist stays up until midnight to make sure the Old Year goes out!” Which are you; optimist or pessimist? A Christian has every reason to be optimistic about the present and the future. Let God start something new in you this year.
Today is the first day of a brand new year and everyone is given the same amount of time, 8,760 hours, to use as we choose! How will you spend your time in 2017? In our message for today we use the word T.I.M.E. as an acronym to give us all some suggestions. May God bless you all this new year!
Today’s Message: The Proclamation – Beyond Bethlehem
Today’s Scripture: Luke 2: 25 – 40
Simeon and Anna were regulars in the temple courts as they waiting for the coming Messiah to arrive. God had promised them a glimpse of His glory and to see and hold the Son of God. And God kept His promise!
We’re all familiar with the song, “The 12 days of Christmas”. And if we were to give our true love all the presents mentioned in this song it would cost us over $156,000 according to recent estimates. Christmas gifts can be expensive. But God offers us presents (the Presence of His Son) that cost of nothing and mean everything to us.
The first Christmas Story was anything BUT normal. There is nothing “normal” about anything we read in our Scripture for today. This is a unique story of surprise and intrigue and wonder. This is a story of the miraculous among the mundane.
The Reason for The Season is not a “what” but a “Who”; The Lord Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah, 700 years before the birth of Christ, predicted the coming Messiah. Jesus came to us as a baby because nothing is more precious and vulnerable or as easy for all to connect to than a baby.