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).

See you Sunday!

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)

See you Sunday!

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.

See you Sunday!

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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.

See you Sunday!

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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.

See you Sunday!

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No Limit

No Limit

When I was in seminary, I lived in the dormitory, but they did not have a cafeteria. We also were not allowed to have refrigerators or hotplates in our rooms. This limited our in-house food options to cereal with instant dry milk.

For an actual meal, we learned which nights different restaurants had all-you-can-eat options at a discount. Tuesday night was pizza at Mr. Gatti’s. Thursdays was all-you-can-eat hot rolls at a local family diner. If nothing else was available, there was always Pancho’s, a wonderful Mexican chain restaurant that provided flags at each table. If you ran out of food, simple run your table’s flag up its little pole and another chimichanga would instantly appear, followed by an endless supply of sopapillas. It wasn’t exactly health food, but at least the well never ran dry.

This week, we will unpack a passage of scripture which describes an offer with no limit. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).

You won’t find a better offer than that.

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