a preparatory time of waiting and watching, communicates the message of
hope, assisted by the color of the sky, BLUE. Our Christian faith rests
on the hope that Christ, who came in history assuming our flesh, will
also return on the last day of time from that same blue sky he ascended
into long ago.
Advent we are urged to slow down, wait, and look past ourselves. We do
this by taking our time (four Sundays and weekdays) getting to the
manger. We do this by staging our journey to Christmas in steps — Advent
greens, an Advent wreath, Christmas trees, a Christmas manger scene,
and then “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.” We do this by keeping
Christmas long after the trees are put outside and the decorations
packed away — a full twelve days that stretch out what we have waited so
long to celebrate. It’s important to realize that when we
over-schedule church activities, we mirror the busyness of the world in a
bad way. Sometimes there are so many things going on at Church that it
seems literally like a roller coaster ride to Christmas. Advent should
be slower and much more deliberate. During this season, we do not
compete with the harried schedules of the world around us by matching
them event for event. No, we compete by offering what no one can find
except in the Church — the Gospel of the Incarnate Lord Jesus Christ!
Most importantly, we celebrate Advent by listening to the Word of the
Lord, and by hearing that Word with the ears of faith, and by the joyful
acknowledgment that the Christ of the manger has come among us to
deliver the fulfillment of His promised gift of forgiveness, life and
Christmas is the season in which we hear the “tidings of great joy” that the Savior of the world was born in Bethlehem. The Second Person of the Trinity had to become man in order to redeem man. After the Feast of the Resurrection, then, the Feast of the Nativity is the greatest in the Church. The atmosphere and appearance of the church building, in addition to its message and music, reflect the exceeding gladness of this celebration.
A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. (Proverbs 18:16)
gift to us at Christmas is a little like a very special gift received
in the mail. The gift looks plain on the outside, but God knows that
when we take the time to carefully unwrap the package and get to know
what’s inside, we will appreciate the gift very much. In fact, it’s the
best gift we could ever receive!
we are like the brown paper wrap. There are messages about Jesus
Christ to be sent and delivered all around the world today and they can
be delivered by people who are humble, simple, and plain, just like the
brown wrap. You don’t need fancy words or clothes. Look at Jesus who
was born in a barn. It was not a fancy place, yet God’s message and
gift to us came so precious and beautiful, just like the fancy ribbon
Dear Jesus, help me be the sender of the Christmas message to someone who needs to hear your Word. You are the best gift anyone could receive. Use me, Lord to be the packaging wrap of brown, simple paper and not to be afraid to tell others about eternal life in heaven. Amen.
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church is Pleased to Announce Rev. Farrukh Khan of POBLO Ministries for a special Sunday presentation “Challenge of Islam” on September 16th, 2018 At 11:00 am (during Bible Hour)
Everyone is invited to a presentation on: o Allah of the Koran VS God of the Bible o Unequally Yoked o Sarah’s Testimony o How to Respond to the challenge of Islam
For more information, please contact Mount Calvary Lutheran Church at (616) 754-4886 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
35555 Garfield Road | Suite 7 | Clinton Township, MI 48035 | P: (586) 477-1530 | E: email@example.com | www.poblo.org
“The Case for Christ” premieres in theaters this weekend (more
info below). At Mount Calvary, we will be providing booklets
written by the same author, Lee Strobel, “The Case for Easter,”
that you’re welcome to read and pass along to others, possibly
as an invitation to join us at Mount Calvary for Worship and
Bible study. We are privileged to be on the front lines of
Jesus’ church, reaching out with the Good News, to positively
impact people’s lives now and for eternity. See you Sunday!
also New Member Sunday and “Bring-a-Dozen Sunday.”
because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
starting in junior high, your teenagers are beginning to hear
offhand comments like these in class discussions and even from
teachers—and this kind of missional skepticism only
intensifies in high school and college.
is just a bunch of fairytales.”
science don’t really mix.”
“Jesus may have
existed, but the whole Messiah thing sounds like a hoax.”
During my first
week in college, a science professor asked for those who
believed in Creation Theory to raise their hands. As everyone
stared at the two people who raised their hands, the professor
dismissed the theory as nothing more than folklore and said it
would never be discussed in class.
Faced with the
tension between what they’re taught on Sunday mornings and the
predominant worldview of their teachers during the week, many
students learn to compartmentalize their faith. Jesus is in
one compartment, science in another, history in a third. As
a result, Jesus becomes less and less real as life goes on.
I read Lee
Strobel’s The Case for
Christ in my 20s, and it opened my eyes to the
truth. Through it, I realized that God and science can
coexist…quite well, actually. Most of all,
it solidified Jesus’ place in my heart and mind as Lord and
week the movie based
on Strobel’s book is premiering in theaters
across the country. The film is based on the best-selling book.
A journalist and atheist, Strobel decided to investigate the
claims of Christ and simply to go where the evidence led him. In his
investigation he came face-to-face with overwhelming
evidence that Jesus was and is everything he claimed to be.
How often do events in your life bring about a sense of fear and dread? Holiday seasons like Thanksgiving and Christmas can easily lose their joy and delight when little things relentlessly nag at us and annoy us. Maybe the busy preparations of the season have you down, or perhaps you are reeling from a major life crisis or catastrophe.
Using Advent Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries this Advent and Christmas season, we will study the events of our Savior’s birth as recorded in the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. There we will hear God’s answers to the fears that threaten to engulf and overwhelm us.