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Hope – 2013

Dear Friends and Family,
It’s hard to believe that 2013 is coming to a close, and that the Christmas season is once again upon us. What Joy! 2013 has been a year that can only be described in one word; hope.
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‘…We rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.’
Romans 5:3-5

As per our usual christmas tradition below is our 2013 family video:

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

“The distance between the cradle and the cross is slight”
Reverend Terry Lee

 

Over the Advent season at church we have been looking at the words of Isaiah and reminded that even though we celebrate the birth and resurrection at different times in the year they are not that far a part. Together they are the fulfilled of God’s plan to rescue the lost. Over the last few months I have not really blogged, I left part way through a series I was putting together on the two kingdoms of the already and not yet. The last few months have been some of the most stressful I have ever experienced and through this time have had many
already but not yet moments. This series has reminded me that many parts of this world remain broken and that there is something more, something eternal that needs fixing.

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Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7
 

 

Part of the sermon today Pastor Terry looked at how Christ fulfilled the promise of being the prince of peace when the world seems to be so broken. The world is broken, we see that all over the news, in our homes, at our jobs, but the peace Isaiah is looking at is something more, something eternal. The world is not our enemy, God is. Our relationship was broken when man bit into the forbidden fruit in the garden. The peace that Christ brings now is peace with God. Through Christ we are reconciled to Him (Colossians 1:19-22).

This Christmas don’t forget that the baby that came from God also went to the cross for our sins.

Tis the season for the school Christmas concerts and this week was full of them. The public system is not known for its ability to really capture the true meaning of the season however I feel that the school my girls go to did make a step in the right direction. They had the typical “I love Santa” songs but they also had one song called Together We Can Change the World. The song is a starting point to show how and why as Christians we need to be working to change the world. With all the things that are broken in our world God has paved a path of restoration.

 
I believe it’s not too late
Together we can change the world
Lay the puzzle pieces out
Find out what it’s all about
Together we can change the world
 

The body of believers is called to come together as we hold the puzzle pieces. Putting them together we see a picture of God’s love. A love that takes the responsibility to restore what once was lost. Through out the Old Testament we see God not man taken on the redemptive plan. God provided the ram for Abraham, God passed between the animal halves taking on the full responsibility of the covenant, God stepped down into this world to crush the head of the serpent. Our role as a believer is to reach out to the widows, orphans, and poor, to defend them and protect them. It is our role to declare His role and to become a servant just as Christ is a servant to us.

 
Can’t do it by myself
So I’m asking for your help
Together we can change the world
 

Alone we are not able to accomplish very much. Together we accomplish menial tasks that might look good to the world, but they lack any eternal effects. With God, together we can can accomplish great things that change things now and for eternity. Bread alone does not sustain us but every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (see Deuteronomy 8.3 and Matthew 4.4). Christ alone, the great shepherd, paved the path we are simply on it.

Together we can change the world, but we must join Christ as He does it.

Christmas is on its way. Check out this video and consider how you spend the holiday.

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