December 23, 2018: The Birth of Christ, prophecy fulfilled

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:54)

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

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December 23, 2018: God has goodwill toward men.

Presented by Courtney Kluver (00:06)

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!

Scripture references: Luke 2:14

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December 16, 2018: The Ripples of Yes

Presented by Evan Stewart (00:21)

Do you ever feel like you only want to follow Jesus if you know the results of doing so?  Sometimes you might think that only a big task with big impact is worth your time and effort.  Yet, you never know how God will use your willingness to follow him wherever he leads.  Whenever you say yes to God a ripple of influence starts to move through the community.

In the Christmas story, there is mention of a man named Simeon.  One day, Simeon knew God was telling him to go to the local temple.  Simeon didn’t know why God wanted him to go, but when he arrived he became part of the greatest story in history.  Had Simeon cared only for the big jobs, he would have missed out on something bigger.

Listen as Evan teaches to not get stuck on trying to figure out how God will use you, but instead be willing to follow him.  As you learn to follow Jesus, God will work out how your obedience through his power will impact the audience.

Scripture references: Luke 2:25-35

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Let There Be Light

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
Sing louder
Restoring sight to the blind
Breaking the curse of the night
For all in darkness
Sing louder
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.