Powerful Words

Powerful Words

My middle school assistant principal was a man of few words. He was a veteran of World War II, and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. To say he was tough would be like describing granite as a slightly hard rock. This was one tough guy. He actually was nice when you got to know him, but most of us were far to overwhelmed by his tough guy persona. He was the only man I’ve ever seen who could quiet an entire middle school lunch room simply by standing up and saying, “Settle down!” We did. No one wanted to cross Mr. Beauford.

Genesis 1 is a chapter of few words, and yet those words carry amazing power. Join us this week as we explore the creative power of the words of God in Genesis 1:2.

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Start Here

Start Here

Board games have different names for the place where the game begins. Monopoly has the “Go” square. In Candy Land, you start in the Gingerbread plumb trees. In Clue, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet and all their friends have their own starting square. Most games simply have a square marked “Start.” That’s a pretty good indication of where the game begins.

The Bible starts in a really good place: In the beginning. This week, we take a look at the importance of that familiar first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1.

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New Year

New Year

It’s almost 2018. In just a few days, we turn the calendar page to a new year. What will the future hold? Only the Lord knows, but the good news for us is that He will be there for every celebration, every heartache, every tear and every joy. Jeremiah’s prophecy did not seem to foretell a bright future for the nation of Israel, but that would miss the point. This week, we will see how, whatever the future brings, God will be with His people (Jeremiah 30:1-3).

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

This Sunday is Christmas Eve. We are combining all of our regular Sunday services and ministries into one celebration at 11:00. Join us for the beautiful music and a special observance of the Lord’s Supper by candlelight as we commemorate the reason the baby came to the manger that first Christmas morning.

Come celebrate the Savior with us this Sunday!

Don’t Forget the Background

Don’t Forget the Background

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time for the annual family Christmas photo. These keepsakes are made around the Christmas tree, out on the porch, in the backyard, or wherever all the family can crowd into one place. Photographers will tell you not to forget the composition of the photo. In other words, not only is it important to get the whole family in the photo, but be sure the background of the photo looks right. There is nothing like having the perfect photo of the family at the park with a port-a-potty in the background.

The background matters. In most nativity scenes, Mary and Joseph are somewhere in the background. Mary is usually kneeling at the manger while Joseph stands dutifully behind her. This week, we take a look at their part in the story, learning how God can do amazing things through the faithfulness of his people (Matthew 1; Luke 1).

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First to Tell

First to Tell

Everyone likes a good joke, but most people don’t like to hear a joke they have already heard. We know that, so the instant we hear a new joke, we want to be the first one to tell it to our friends and family. With the internet, that’s becoming harder to do. Usually by the time I tell my family a joke, it’s already been tweeted 2 million times, illustrated on Instagram, and emailed around the world. If I started with “stop me if you’ve heard this one,” I would never be able to tell another joke.

The shepherds were the first to share something far more significant than a good laugh. This week we follow their fascinating journey from the field to the manger to the neighborhood with an extraordinary message: the Savior has come! (Luke 2:8-18)

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Who Are Those People at the Manger?

Who Are Those People at the Manger?

As the Christmas season draws closer, decorations multiply. Among the trees and the tinsel, a variety of nativity scenes quickly appear. Everything from artistic to realistic, themed and even live dramas depict what it might have looked like on that night in Bethlehem. Over the next few weeks, we will take a closer look at what the Bible has to say about the people at the manger, beginning this week with some folks who may not have arrived that first Christmas night (the wise men probably arrived sometime after the birth of Jesus), but are a very important part of the story, nonetheless (Matthew 2:1-12). Join us through the next few weeks as we meet the people at the manger.

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 2017

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 2017

This Sunday begins our annual emphasis on international missions. You will hear from Jacob Franklin, our own missionary to East Asia, as he describes ways that God is at work around the world. Your gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering help:

  • Young moms in Japan see through the example of IMB families how Jesus can change their home and life.
  • Earthquake victims in Nepal experience the love of Christ through volunteers who hike for days to get to their village.
  • Muslims in Russia who are moving into major cities and are open to learning about a personal relationship with Jesus.
  • Refugees from North Africa hear the gospel and find real life for the first time.

Come this Sunday and discover ways your can be involved in what God is doing around the world.

Learn more about international missions at www.imb.org/lmco
Why Give Thanks?

Why Give Thanks?

Our mothers pounded it into our heads: always say “please” and “thank you.” Does it really matter? Certainly, our world could use some manners. Civility is harder and harder to find.

But is thankfulness just about being polite? This week, we will dig into the prophet Zechariah’s description of the importance of thankfulness (Zechariah 7:11-14). It’s not just for the third Thursday of November.

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How It Works

How It Works

Some 450 years before the first helicopter would take flight, Leonardo da Vinci was already designing how it might work. His “aerial screw” probably would not have worked had he actually built it – the weight necessary for such a machine would have been far too great for it’s “wings” to have lifted it off the ground. Still, Leonardo had the right idea for how the concept would work.

Allowing our faith to work through our actions is a vital concept every believer needs to know, as the prophet Zechariah describes in this week’s passage, Zechariah 7:8-10. Join us this week as we discover specific ways we can live out what we know in Christ.

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