Favorite Verses

1. John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

3. Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...

4. 2nd Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousnes...

5. Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."



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From the Pastor's Desk:

There are things we really love about December. It can be fun to decorate the house, bake the cookies,
send the cards, play the music, and buy the presents. But, of course, these things are mainly window
dressing around the primary scene - the baby Immanuel in a manger.
This Advent season, we as a church are going to talk about what it means for us as Christians to celebrate
the birth of our Lord Jesus. And don’t worry: I’m not going to be critical about how people celebrate the
holidays. I’m only offering an invitation to the weary to enjoy the spiritual blessings God offers through the
Christmas story.
We Christians may miss out on the gifts of Advent and the joy of preparing more room for God in our
lives. We get caught up in many things - but are we truly worshipping Jesus So for 4 weeks, we are going
to focus on 4 things:
1. WORSHIP FULLY - we want Jesus to mean more to us by the end of the month than He does right
now. We want to reach 2019 knowing that we ended 2018 praising our awesome God.
2. SPEND LESS - we don’t want to go into debt to say “I love you” with gifts. Rather, we want to give the
gift of our PRESENCE, not just PRESENTS. You don’t need a credit card to show the people in your life
that you treasure them. And instead of spending so much money on trinkets that won’t last, why not invest
in ministries that can truly change the world?
3. GIVE MORE - not material things, but “heart things.” This can be a season for offering our words, our
time, our hands, and our souls to God and others.
4. LOVE ALL - especially those people who are forgotten or marginalized. After all, Jesus came as a poor
child in a backwards town to unimpressive parents. To understand the gospel is to treat all people as God
treats us - with acceptance and great love.
Rather than dreading the arrival of Christmas, won’t it be nice to celebrate Jesus and be intentional in our
relationships? Take that friend out for coffee! Rather than buy a gift, make time or give of your talents -
from your heart. December doesn’t need to stress us out. In fact, God intends for this season to be a gift.
“Unto you a child is born. To you a Son is given.” And one of His many names is “Prince of Peace.” May
the Peace of Christmas be with you. Let’s conspire to make this Advent different.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Matthew

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