Psalms are real talk, real prayers, real songs, of real people. So they’re a beautiful thing. We get to see authentic believers struggle in prayer with God. We get to see believers wrestle and even get upset with God. We hear them cry out in desperation. We hear them sing out with joy. We hear them worship. We hear them pray. We hear them preach. We hear them complain. We hear them struggle. We hear them yell at God. We see them fall into his arms. The psalms are full of real people living in a real, living, breathing, wrestling, open and authentic relationship with God. Over the next few weeks, during our Sunday services, we’ll be looking at some of the psalms of Advent. Today, we’ll start with Psalm 24.
Nobody likes to wait and it has only gotten worse. In this day when we can get just about anything on demand. If we want to watch a movie, go rent it from iTunes; go watch it on Netflix. If you want something, just get on Amazon and you can have just about anything that same day, without even leaving the comfort of your own home. We just pop some food in the microwave and voila, it’s done. Nobody likes to wait and its only gotten worse.
In this evening meditation, we learn from Abraham and God’s Word how to wait on God to keep his promises, no matter how long it may take. We take a hot air balloon ride over Abraham’s life and see how God helped through his long wait.
When the angels came, the shepherds trembled in fear. When the glory of the Lord shone, they were sore afraid. And yet, instead of consuming them and us with his glory, God poured out grace in place already given. He clothed himself in frailty to cover us with his blood. John 1:14-18
One of the great joys of Christmas is the surprises that we get and the surprises that we give. Perhaps, this is why it is greater to give than to recieve. We get to surprise people with great gifts. It's so fun. This Sunday, John surprises us with gifts from God. God has fun surprising us with his grace and truth. Join us as we unwrap the surprise God has prepared for us in John 1:10-13.
Everything needs light to live. Plants need light so that they can do this whole photosynthesis thing. People need light to live and truly to thrive. Without light plants shrivel and die. Some people suffer and struggle with SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Others suffer from depression and want to hide away in the dark. We need light so that we can live. That's true physically. It's even more true spiritually. And John, a good friend of Jesus, assures us is just that. He is the LIGHT that came to bring LIFE.
This Sunday we'll look at John 1:4-9 and see that Jesus it the Light who came to bring Life.
Have you ever been overwhelmed by the love of God for you? If not, John has a few words you need to hear. Jesus’ old friend, John, reminds us of the mountain of gifts Jesus is dropping off at your door every day of the year and how those gifts are meant to remind us of the Giver’s love.
This year as we prepare for Christ and for Christmas, we get más Christ when we open up John chapter 1. Read it and be amazed at how más God gives us in Christ.