On Sunday morning, January 28, Tary provided a brief update and encouragement to the Life’s Journey congregation. After Pastor Rod died, many people are wondering what will happen next. Although there is still much prayer and many decisions ahead for the elders of Life’s Journey, Tary reminded us that we will be OK. God is with us, Jesus is King and the Spirit is our guide. Join us in praying for the elders (Bruce Brown, Tary Hanson, and Tom Reimers) that they will have wisdom and courage to make the decisions God has set before them.
God has placed gifts and leadership within Life’s Journey and we all have the privilege to be a part of what God is doing. Listen to hear the beginning of a new journey that lay ahead.
The light of Christmas was a baby in a manager. A baby who grew into a man who proclaimed the year of the Lord. Jesus came to “call us back to God” (2 Corinthians 5:14-21). The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, for he was anointed to bring Good News to the poor. He was sent by God to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come (Luke 4).
He came to release you. He came to give you sight. He came to proclaim to you that the Lord’s favor is available to you.
In the song “Let there be Light” (by Hillsong, album Let There be Light), the words beautifully capture the reason for Christmas:
Let there be light
Open our eyes to Your heart
Desperate just to know who You are
Shine in us we pray
Jesus have Your way
Good news embracing the poor
Comfort for all those who mourn
For the broken hearted
We sing louder
Release from prison and shame
Oppression turning to praise
For every captive
Restoring sight to the blind
Breaking the curse of the night
For all in darkness
Proclaiming freedom for all
This is the day of the Lord
Beauty for ashes
Let there be light
Open the eyes of the blind
Purify our hearts in Your fire
Breathe in us we pray
At Christmas, we are reminded that he came to us and he came for us. Jesus, a real human being, was born into this world. He became like you in order that he might save you. A star that shone high above Bethlehem announcing his coming also foretold that Jesus brought with him the great light of God to shine the way back to him. This Christmas, rejoice an say “Let there be light!” for the light has come and the light is come.
Sometimes on Sunday mornings the people of LJCF bring additional encouragements for the fellowship to hear. Not only does God speak to us through the regular preacher, but also through the experiences other people in the congregation are having with him.
Listen to some insightful encouragements shared by Cortney Kluver and Nona Schaff.
Praise God before the Good
The King of the Cursed, a excerpt reading from a devotional study “King of the Cursed” by Jonathan Cahn
As you read the Christmas story in the gospel and Matthew and Luke, you might notice that our modern day plays and retellings add a few items that are not found in the original source. This has caused some understandable frustration and confusion as many learn about the true story. The sad part is that many people conclude that the whole story is false because Christians have added artistic license or even their own perspectives to the story over the last two thousand years.
Watch this funny reminder of what elements have been added compared to what the original stories say. Be encouraged, the details added for the sake of easy story telling do not change the point of the story. The old story is true, a God man was born to save the world.