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Yesterday, we lit the “Bethlehem” candle for the second week of Advent.  It’s the week we remember the faith of Mary and Joseph—and what faith that was!  Is easy for us to forget how impossible the word was they were asked to believe.  And not just believe, but act on.  And not just act on, but be ridiculed for.  After all, no one was really prepared for God’s plan.  No one expected an unwed teen girl to give birth to the Messiah.  No one expected the Savior’s earthly caregiver would be a poor carpenter.  No one expected the King of Kings to be born in a stable amongst the barn animals.  And no one expected the Lord of Lord’s welcoming committee to be a group of rag-tag shepherds.

But, Mary and Joseph heard the word of the Lord.  They took it in, let it change them, and obeyed it– even at great personal cost.  And the beautiful thing is it was their very obedience that paved the way for their own salvation.  The manger made the resurrection possible.

God hasn’t asked you to give birth to the Christ in a stable, but He’s definitely asked you to do something.  And it’s probably something you weren’t expecting.  How do I know?  Because He’s not a tame God.  His ideas are wild, adventurous, and beautiful.

How will you respond to His word over your life?  Will you take it in, let it change you, and obey?  One thing’s for sure.  You’ll never experience the glory of resurrection in your life if you’re not willing to undertake some manger experiences.

 

 

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We asked quite a few “why” questions yesterday as we contemplated the birth of our Savior.  I hope and pray the message gave you some good thoughts to consider.  The purpose and plan of God to offer His Son as a sacrifice for mankind demonstrates to us that Jesus truly is THE way to salvation, not simply a way to salvation.

Another “why” we encounter during the Christmas season is the question, “Why do we have a Santa Clause?” 

It’s a very good question.  Who is the big guy in the red velvet suit anyway?  And does he prefer milk or Coca Cola with his cookies?

It is my humble opinion that Santa Clause never intended to hijack the meaning of Christmas.  If anything, the meaning of Santa got hijacked somewhere along the way.

I invite you to read my historical fiction account of “A Christmas Without Options” and discover what history and tradition tell us about the real significance of that jolly old soul.

Podcast

Click here to listen to Pastor Eric’s message “God’s Perfect Sacrifice.”

Links

In yesterday’s message we listened to the song “Such a strange way to save the world” by 4 Him.  Click the title for a reprise.

Parents — don’t forget to head over to the WorldChangers page to access ways to connect Kid’s Church to your kitchen table.

On the Radar – Church Holiday Schedule

I am looking forward to our children’s Christmas pageant next Sunday.  They have been working very hard to present the beauty of the Christmas story to us.  I love to catch the whispered hums of my little ones as they rehearse their songs throughout the day.  We will also be distributing a Christmas gift to all of our congregation this Sunday—something the worship team has been hard at work on for a month now!

This is going to be a very special morning for us as a church family.  I hope you will invite your family to experience this wonderful day with us.  And, please be in prayer for Pastor Lolo as she works with the children to put the finishing touches on the pageant this week. 

  • Wednesday, December 16 – Hayride, Caroling, & Chiminea Christmas Party — Leave from the church at 6:30.  Click here for more details.
  • Saturday, December 19 – Ladies’ Cookie Swap & Ornament Exchange.  Click for instructions.
  • Sunday, December 20 – Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • Wednesday, December 23 – No Church Activities
  • Sunday, December 27 – Last Sunday of 2009
  • Wednesday, December 30 – No Church Activities
  • Thursday, December 31 – New Year’s Night of Worship — and talent show!  Email me at efcsweetwater@aol.com to sign up.

Revelation Bible study this Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in my office.  Everyone is welcome to join in, just bring your Bible and a lunch box.  Keep up with the progress at The Watchman’s Gaze.

The Drum Circle will be getting back on rhythm in 2010.  Drop me an email if you are interested in learning to play hand drums.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “O Come, Let Us Adore Him”
  2. “I’ve Found a Love” Bethel Live version
  3. “I Adore You” Jesus Culture version
  4. “How He Loves” Kim Walker version

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, December 20, is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent.  Come celebrate with us as our children lead us in their Christmas presentation!

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