TOMORROW night –is our scheduled First Friday Night of Prayer. There is something very special when God’s people get together to do nothing but PRAY….. Ross and Doug are doing an excellent leading us in this night of Prayer. If you haven’t attended – let me strongly encourage you to be here at 7:00 PM. You can leave when you wish – or stay till it ends at 9:00 PM…..you are free to pray on any topic of your choosing – or any person or family God lays upon your heart. For the past meeting, one of my objectives in the prayer time is to lift up EVERYONE who calls Discovery home… Last month God led me to pray regarding SPIRITUAL WARFARE…Scripture is clear that in the heavenlies – battle is raging – between the forces of righteousness and unrighteousness – and the spoil is the hearts and minds of we who live on earth. Bro Doug brought to our attention at D-Group after that session that Satan has lines drawn in areas – which follow thoroughfares or waterways – and knowing the struggle of seeing God’s Kingdom EXPAND north of I-70 that that interstate could be one of those lines. A major area of our direction and vision is to pray Eph 6:12 – that our prayers will bind the evil one – and the Power of the Gospel will flow unhinged north of I-70 in tremendous power and the Holy Spirit will free 100’s of people so they will see the love, and grace of Jesus Christ and soon begin to follow Him.
December 12 @ 7:00 PM will be our next Family Movie Night. Bros – Jerry and Kent invite the church family to come and enjoy an evening of fellowship – good popcorn – and the great Christmas Movie – It’s A Wonderful Life…Also consider this an excellent opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to come on our campus and see that we can have fun and are not just about being a Bible Thumpper!!!
Hey ladies! We have food, fun, and fellowship lined up for you! When: Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Where: Discovery Just show up with a wrapped Christmas ornament ($10 limit) and finger foods or a dessert. We will eat and do a gift exchange so everyone ends up with a beautiful new ornament for your tree! Please sign up in the lobby! Feel free invite friends! It’s just a fun way to fellowship during the Christmas season!
It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, good will to men,
from heaven’s all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
to hear the angels sing.
The author of this great Christmas song is a preacher named Edward Sears. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear was sung for the first time in 1849 and has been sung every Christmas since. The unique thing about this Christmas Hymn is that it is sung in every church but never mentions Jesus name.
For many, peace on earth means an absence of war. For Christians, peace on earth means the presence of Christ through the trials of war and other difficulties. The Bible doesn’t promise an end to wars until the end of the world. When that day comes the whole world will send back the song, which now the angels sing.
Discovery – let’s pray for those who protect our freedom around the world this ADVENT season. Our peace on earth comes at a great price for their families. God’s peace came at the highest price. “God so loved the world that he gave his son” (John 3:16). That is the powerful message of Christmas. God gave everything so that in all circumstances of life, you could have his peace. Do you feel his peace today? How can you reclaim the peace that Christ was born to give?
The hymn suggests we pause in solemn stillness. The rush of the season can rob you of God’s peace and God’s purpose for the season. Find some time to approach God’s throne in solemn stillness. Paul wrote, Phil 4:6-7 “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
Maybe you will find that the midnight sky will be the perfect time to listen for God’s voice, and hear his angels sing. Their Christmas message is, Peace on the earth, goodwill to men, from heaven’s all-gracious King.
1. Meditate on the peace available to you in Jesus. Reflect on what Scripture says about peace that it might lay a foundation for your day.
1 Pet 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
1 Cor 14:33 “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”
Isa. 54:10 “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
2. What trials, stresses or burdens are you going through today? Where do you need the peace that Jesus came to bring you?
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
3. Take time to cast your anxieties on God’s shoulders and receive his peace that surpasses all understanding.
Phil 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
· Rocky Philippe will be having surgery this afternoon…he had surgery 10 days ago – but noted the pain continued – his stomach swelled – the Dr said his stomach was filling with blood. They performed a procedure a week ago – and today found the mesh broke and he has a staph infection in his stomach.
· Mary Noble is in the Dr’s office as these lines are typed. Pray the Dr will diagnose her condition and find a quick cure.
· Brock Smith (Fleenor’s grandson) has surgery today in Florida.
· Pray for a great attendance to our 1st Friday Prayer Gathering tomorrow night and God will move mountains to free His gospel in the Northeast
· Heather and Janeil as decisions are being made this weekend regarding the direction and future of Northwest Haiti Christian Mission
· Marcy Hickerson’s brother Randy – suffering from brain cancer
· Continued growth of all our D-Groups
Advent Season has begun. Last weekend the topic was Anchored in Hope. Thanks to Payton and Morgan for doing the Advent Reading and lighting the 1st Advent Candle. This weekend our topic is Anchored in Peace. Please read Isaiah 9:1-7 in advance of our study. What does PEACE mean to you. Is it possible for there to be peace upon the earth? Even though there is chaos on a global scale – is it possible for the Christian to posses the peace that passes all understanding?
What robs YOU from peace? As you are now thinking about peace – what would you consider the top 5 peace robbers of Discovery – only thinking of individual believers?
Doug and Jackie have designed our Advent Card. They are available at the Welcome Center. Please pick up a handful and pass them out to friends – people in the check-out line – cashier – boss – etc…..on the back of the card are the 5 topics ending with Christmas Eve…
Passage of Scripture to study for the 3rd lesson in the Anchored in Advent Series will be :
Mark 13:24-37…At that time, after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.[a]
26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man[b] coming on the clouds with great power and glory.[c] 27 And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world[d]—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. 28 “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. 29 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door. 30 I tell you the truth, this generation[e] will not pass from the scene before all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
32 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33 And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert[f]! 34 “The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. 35 You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. 36 Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. 37 I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”