It is Christmas Time….The image you see above was created by Doug and Jackie. We want everyone to grab a handful this weekend and give them to work associates – friends – neighbors – etc. Let’s be verbal as we invite them to attend our Christmas Series anchored in advent which will begin Nov 30 – ending with Christmas Eve –
· Anchored in HOPE – November 29-30 – Matt 8;23-27 – and Hebrews 6:17-20 · Anchored in PEACE – December 6 – 7 – Isaiah 9:2-7, John 16:33, and John 18:33-38 · Anchored in JOY – December 13- 14 – Zephaniah 3:14-20 – Mark 13:24-37 · Anchored in LOVE – December 20 – 21 – Luke 1:46 – 55 The Magnificat · Anchored in LIGHT – December 24 – Luke 2:1-20 – John 1:1-5
Shirley’s D-Group always decorates our church for the Christmas season. They will decorate our building following the services on November 30.
As we prepare not only building but also our hearts for ADVENT – what are some things we ought to do?
1. Read the biblical story of the preparation of the world for the coming of Christ as given to us in Matthew and Luke
2. Realize the storms that have either swept into yours or your families life this year and thank Him for being the anchor that held you till the storm passed by – give Him glory!!!
3. Look deep within your heart and see if peace abounds? Peace is not the absent of conflict – but the confidence that God will hold us firm in the midst of the storm.
4. Make a commitment that we will not miss any of these Advent messages because they will prepare my heart to love Jesus more and more than I ever thought I could
5. Give invitation cards to those you know need a fresh touch from Jesus
6. Consider how much God has given you to redeem your soul – and prayerfully consider if your weekly financial gift to Him truly expresses the thankfulness you desire in your heart.
What are you thankful for? We gather, every year at this time, to reflect on the blessings of God over the past year. We need to be careful, that next Thursday – we don’t get caught up in the material – and find that Thanksgiving is MORE about stuffing our face – watching football and hanging with the family – than in really COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS. I read this week that some even dread Thanksgiving because they are forced to sit in a room with people they don’t really enjoy.
I can’t imagine anyone at Discovery who loves food and football more than me. As we have considered Thanksgiving this week – in letting others know we are thankful for them –let’s make sure this year, let’s make Thanksgiving more about giving and about thanks. This year, more than any, might force us to dig deeper. For some employment would be something for which they would be thankful…..for others – a spouse would them thankful.
We will not forget those who have endured terrible pain this year. So how do we summon the gratitude? Well, if you’re a Christian, you’re basis is not your circumstances, but something greater. Paul tells the people of Thessalonica that they could “give thanks in everything.” Why? Because this was the “will of God in Christ.”
In other words, followers of Christ believe that every piece of hardship is a grace gift from the Lord, sent for their growth, sanctification, and further intimacy with God. . We don’t believe we’re here on this earth all alone. We believe God is totally in charge. Though life may get hard–and it does–it all falls under God’s sovereign will. And so we give thanks.
As Americans, we really have cause for Thanksgiving. As Americans – this is a battle each of us face….we lust for more!!!! Bigger house — nicer car — better clothes—- newest gadgets. Though it has been a decade – I remind myself what it was like to visit Haiti and see real gratitude on the part of the Christians there. Tonight, my kids will go to bed with full stomachs They will ride in a nice car. They will have a future that includes a good education. All of those are things most kids in the world don’t have. And so, they should be grateful.
What do you plan to talk about as you sit down to Thanksgiving Dinner next Thursday? Let’s commit that we will not bring up – dwell on or speak about the negative!!!! Let’s instead reset our gratitude meters and offer genuine, heartfelt thanks to God. Our Salvation is in Christ. Thank Him for His daily care. Thank Him for friends and family. Oh, fr our wives that allow us ot stuff our faces and watch football….
· Rocky Philippe – recovering from surgery yesterday (Wednesday) – he is home
· Andrea Turner – receiving new treatment for leukemia in Chicago
· Liz Meyers – was released from the hospital on Sunday –
· Eph 6;12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
· Bros Dave and Tom – both lost their jobs the same day……
· God will open the doors of the Gospel in area code 65202 – and we’ll see a great harvest
· Last Sunday eve – I shared Baptism with the Sunday night thing – pray that those youth who need to make that decision will do so and honor Jesus all the days of their lives
· Marcy Henderson celebrated 3 years CLEAN of crack cocaine — let’s continue to pray she will celebrate freedom all the days of her life.
A couple weeks ago Bro David Croft was abruptly told his job had ceased. Below is his request for we his Christian brothers and sisters to take before the Throne of Grace….
Submitting my requests with thanksgiving,
1. Praise (and prayers please) for job interview with MFA Oil (Thurs afternoon) with Becky Griffith’s assistance.
2. Prayers that Dept. of Employment accept my paperwork and explanations (phone interview Thursday a.m.) and that my former employer will pay me what I am legally owed.
3. Thanks also for help from a previous employer in town advising me regarding my employment rights and entitlements.
4. At least one interview with an agency lined for next week in Dallas.
Thanks to Discovery family for your prayers and support
Dec 12 @ 7:00 PM will be our next Movie Night at Discovery – what a great story – and hope you will not only share with us – but bring a friend….It is a Wonderful Life…
ONE LAST THING
– SUNDAY NIGHT THING
Sunday at 4:30pm
Hard to believe but this week will be the final Sunday Night Thing for 2014! We are expecting it to be an extra special evening and to see God move in a powerful way. Even if you are not a regular, or maybe not even a youth…you are still invited to come join us! Beyond that, we’ll see you February 2015!
Passage of Scripture to study for the 1st lesson in the Anchored in Advent Series will be :
Matt 8:12-17 3 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. 27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
Heb 6:17-20 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.20 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.