This morning we started forward by looking back. Pastor Casey noted that in a season of education, one should review, and so we did. He recounted many of the themes or words if you will, that God laid on his heart to share with us this year: the church is God’s idea; shame is poison, love is the antidote; embracing community is key to transformation; when you find your people you find your purpose; faithful friends give faithful wounds; and many others. Finally we looked at going forward from here.
For 2019, let’s live in high resolution. High resolution-we think of this as a higher number of pixels per inch, giving us a clearer image. How about a spiritual resolution? What if we went after God with high resolution- bringing our focus to be on God? What will 2019 bring? While we cannot predict the future , we can predict our response. Our high resolve can be like David in Psalm 16, “I will bless the Lord at all times…”. Join us as Pastor Casey encourages us to live a High resolution, high definition life.
Listen in as Pastor Casey explores the announcement of the Angel to the shepherds: “a child is born to you.” How odd–the shepherds were not parents of this child. What does this unusual statement mean to us? The Savior, the Rescuer, was born to us. We desperately need rescuing. Yet what will we do with Jesus? Will we relegate Him to the shed, or will He have first place in our life?
The Life’s Journey Pastor, Casey Kluver, reminds us that the birth of Christ changed history–changed everything. He has so many titles, names, attributes. God, fully God and man, fully man. Not just who He is, what He is… The Lion, the Lamb, Wonderful, Counselor, Comforter, Prince of Peace, Savior… And yet it seemed to take so long. Isaiah prophesied nearly 700 years before the birth of Christ. Then from the last Old Testament Book of Malachi, it was 400 years of relative silence until the nativity in Bethlehem. There is a time of waiting, preparation, then all of a sudden! God is a God of process. He fulfills every prophecy, over 300 of them about Jesus. He does not get frustrated in the process of getting where we are going-He loves us and the process.
Scripture references: Isaiah 9:6, Luke 1:30-38, Luke 2:1-20
The Life’s Journey worship leader, Courtney Kluver, shared an encouraging word on really listening to Christmas songs. The lyrics claiming “peace on earth, goodwill to men”, are found in Luke 2:14. When we really consider that the God of all creation has goodwill toward us, it is life changing. Remember, God really loves you!