2016 In Christ 2 Corinthians 5.17

At our annual meeting we introduced our 2016 Commitment to be in the Word Cards. Instead of setting goals to work towards during this new year. We affirm, in faith, that when we as individuals are abiding and listening to Jesus in His Word, He will direct our steps as a community.

Our theme, if you will, for this year’s focus comes from 2 Corinthians 5.17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” In this post we look at the first part of that verse That we are in Christ.

Ephesians 1.11-13 addresses the reality of when and how we are in Christ. Salvation is God’s work in our lives. (Think “He chose us” John 15.16 & “Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith” Hebrews 12.1,2.) We simply place our hope in Jesus’ “good news”. (Sin leads to death Romans 6.23 but Jesus died in our place paying our penalty Galatians 3.13,14. Thus we are moved from “darkness and transferred” into His kingdom Colossians 1.12,13.) AND WE ARE SAVED (Romans 10.9)!

I love how 1 Corinthians 1.30,31 lays out the benefit to us for being in Christ. Jesus is now our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption, and our boast! Because Jesus is these things in our lives we submit to Him by listening, adoring and cooperating with Him.

Please pray, if you have not done so already, what your Scripture reading plan for 2016 will be!

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A Post-Christmas Devotional

2015 Bulletin

May be you are like me and we cannot quite bring ourselves to be done with Christmas yet. Well here is a post-Christmas devotion for you (to continue our journey through Advent, if the guides were helpful). Let us stay focused on the wonder of the incarnation, God in a body. The incarnation and the seeming paradox there-in, is beautifully manifested in the reality that Jesus, the creator King of the universe is now human. And as if that were not humiliation enough, He’s a baby! A baby who is dependent on His mother Mary to fed, changed and cared for in every way. [Talk about seeing Jesus clearly (Philippians 2.1-17; Hebrews 12.3,4) to eliminate our grumbling and complaining, wow.]

Don’t forget to Listen to the text well, with your full attention. You might want to take one of these Scriptures a day and contemplate upon them. Express your Adoration to Jesus as you pray these Scriptures back to Him. Submit and yield to Him as you Cooperate with how the Spirit of the Living God is leading you to apply these truths.

So let us see our Jesus as the sovereign that He is:

 

Scripture Readings for Your Week

Psalm 103.15-19

Colossians 1.15-20

1 Timothy 6.11-16

Isaiah 52.3-7

Romans 10.9-15

“Almighty, Heavenly Father, you are eternal God! We worship You, we love You, we serve You. Jesus, You are our sovereign and the ‘image of the invisible God’. Thank You for indwelling us with your Holy Spirit; for by Your Holy Spirit, may we proclaim Your immense love, grace and forgiveness.”

 

A Collect for After Christmas

“IN particular, we implore thy grace and protection for the ensuing day. Keep us temperate in all things, and diligent in our several callings. Grant us patience under our afflictions. Give us grace to be just and upright in all our dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all men, according to our abilities and opportunities. Direct us in all our ways. Defend us from all dangers and adversities; and be graciously pleased to take us, and all who are dear to us, under thy fatherly care and protection. These things, and whatever else thou shalt see to be necessary and convenient to us, we humbly beg, through the merits and mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.”

(1928 Book of Common Prayer)

 

Magnificat

Luke 1.46-55

46b “My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

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Devotional Guide for Week 4 of Advent

Devotional Guide for Week 4 of Advent 2015

2015 Bulletin

Advent candle lighting Scriptures:

Psalm 46Isaiah 11.1-5, 10Philippians 2.9-11

 “Jesus you make our hearts glad! Even in the midst of storms and trials we will look to You and your peace. Thank You for coming into our humanity. May You be exalted around the whole earth.We confess: You are our wisdom, our strength, and our righteousness. You and You alone are exalted!”

 

Thoughs to Get You Started

Listen: Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and illumination. Read the text(s) slowly.

Adore: Express your love to Jesus as you contemplate these passages and pray them back to Him.

Cooperate: How is the Spirit of the Living God moving in your heart? Is it a specific and measurable application or a new thought to ponder? Are you more hopeful (Biblical hope is an eager expectation not wishful thinking) and/or more filled with gratitude?

  • You might want to grab a journal for your thoughts.
  • You might want to participate in the conversation on our web site/blog.
  • You might want to invite some people over to share your insights and pray together.

 

Monday, December 21

Isaiah 9.6,7

  • Please note Jesus’ dominion does not come through us. What does “accomplish” God’s own will?


Tuesday, December 22

Isaiah 9.2

  • What other Scriptures can you think of which refer to Jesus as the light?


Wednesday, December 23

Philippians 2.9-11

  • In verses 6-8 why is Jesus “therefore” exalted, in vs. 9? With Jesus exalted, How do you live with Jesus as Lord of all of your life, to the glory of the Father?


Christmas Eve! Thursday, December 24

Matthew 28.18-20

  • Simply note: who has authority? How could this better impact how you follow/cooperate with Jesus?


Christmas Day! Friday, December 25

Luke 2.1-20

  • Merry Christmas!

 

An Advent Collect for Guidance

O GOD, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly; Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of Wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

(1928 Book of Common Prayer)

 

Benedictus

Luke 1.68-79

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75  in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

 

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