Given: Christmas Eve
Fred Hill – Given: Christmas Eve
This Sunday we wrapped up our Advent series with LOVE.
Such a simple word, but one with such gravity and importance to our Christianity.
God loved us first – let that hit home. Before we could do anything to earn it, before we were even born – God loved us.
He loved us so much with his unfailing, never ending, never changing, everlasting love. So much that He sent His Son at Christmas to be born, to live, to die and to be resurrected – to be the salvation for the world.
This is the source of love because GOD IS LOVE.
With God being the source, that then stems into our call to love – to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbour as yourself. This is how we can share the gospel, how we can prove to the world that we are His disciples.
As we embrace this concept of love it produces compassion. And as that happens, love moves to action.
Romans 13:8 – Owe nothing to anyone – except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.
This is our one duty – love.
The action step I gave on Sunday:
Intentionally show the love of Jesus. Make steps on how you will demonstrate Christ’s love to those around you (friends, family, strangers, co-workers, neighbours, immigrants, etc, etc etc)
1 Corinthians 16:14
Do everything in love
These are gifts from God – Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Receive these gifts, embrace these gifts, be thankful for these gifts and use these gifts – all for the glory and honour of God.
We are having our annual Christmas Eve service this Thursday (December 24th) at 6:30pm. You are welcome to join in the celebration and to bring your family and friends and we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Cam Liske – Given: Love
Luke 10:20 “Rejoice – because your names are registered in heaven.”
Have you ever learned something new that completely opened a new perspective for you? I like to go to Chapters, or to the Book End in the Scarth Street mall to browse through the magazines. There’s a magazine for everything. There are whole worlds of people with unique hobbies, careers and interests that have magazines, conferences, online forums and support groups. Some I’ve never heard of or even considered before. Check it out: there’s a magazine dedicated to people who dress their dolls in current chic fashions; one dedicated to portable restroom operators; and another dedicated to owners of tiny donkeys; and one just for owners of tiny islands.
Once you start reviewing these magazines you realize there are issues and perspectives about things around us that you never even knew concerned people.
In this week’s key scripture, Jesus was trying to open our eyes and expand our perspective. He told his disciples that he had been in heaven when Satan was cast out in a flash of lightening.
Been there, Done that! – His disciples were so excited by the power they had been given and the impact they were having. But Jesus needed them to have a much bigger perspective. He sees it all. He is there. He’s done that. He grasps the entirety of the spiritual world. Our perspectives are just too limited to grasp the extent of the realm we inhabit. What He wanted his disciples (and us) to grasp is that it’s not the things we achieve in this world that are the source of our enduring, foundation of joy. But it’s the simple fact that – once we have believed in Him and trusted in His salvation – our names are known and celebrated in Heaven.
In a spiritual world so vast we cannot perceive its extent – YOU are known and celebrated!
Luke 2:10 “Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”
Come. Let’s celebrate with all of Heaven. Stop by on Christmas Eve at 6:30 PM and we’ll celebrate the wonderful perspective that Christ gives us at Christmas.
Fred Hill – Given: Joy