DECEMBER 7, 2022

Dear Friends,

Some days, what you really need is one simple thought. One idea to meditate on. Here are a dozen. Which one is the one you needed to hear today?

Don’t let success go to your head. Don’t let failure go to your heart. – Tim Keller

“Advent means wrestling with the reality of the darkness that lies near at hand and cannot be wished away. What does it mean to put on the armor of light? At the very least it means confronting darkness.” – Fleming Rutledge

“Imagine the God of the universe forgave your debt and secured your eternity. In light of that, what does today look like?” – Jared Wilson

“Most people have a better standard of living today than Louis XIV had in his day. So why are so many people unhappy? What you have doesn’t make you unhappy. What you want does.” – Seth Godin

“If Paul saw the church in America, we’d be getting a letter.” – Chad Bailey

“Is there any evil I’ve not committed in my works?
Or if not in works, then in words?
Or if not in words, then in will?
But you, Lord, are good and merciful.” – Augustine of Hippo

“To believe that ‘Jesus is Lord’ is to say that He is integrated into every part of your life. You may not work for a ‘Christian company,’ but the corporate world offers you a chance to live out His purposes in a place where you spend a majority of your week.” – Clay Smith

“Why do we spend hours on the internet but only minutes on our knees each day?” – Tim Keller

“We know that the darkness will not be victorious over the world, because it was not victorious over the One through whom the world was made.” – Kevin DeYoung

There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in grace means becoming like Christ… How do we bring glory to God? The Bible’s short answer is: by growing more and more like Jesus Christ. – Sinclair Ferguson

“What greater insult to God can a man be guilty of than to refuse to read the letter God sends him from heaven?” – JC Ryle

If you are going to live by faith, then expect your faith to be tested. A faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted. – Warren Wiersbe

O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray
Cast our our sin and enter in, be born in us today
We hear the Christmas angels, their great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel. – Phillip Brooks


Ladies, here is your last chance to sign up for the women’s Christmas brunch. It’s happening this Saturday, December 10. And while there’s no cost for the event, we need a head count. Click here and let us know if you’re coming.


We could also use a head count for the Family Christmas party on Saturday night, December 17. Here’s the info. And here’s the link to let us know you’re coming.


We don’t need a head count for the upcoming Roots Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. But here’s a reminder so you don’t forget!


Finally this month, we’ll have our Carols and Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5:00 on December 24. Be praying now about who you’ll invite to join you on Christmas Eve.Did you know that on the night before He was crucified, Jesus prayed, not just for Himself and for His disciples, but for you and me as well? Do you know what was most on His heart when He prayed for us? We’ll see as we turn again to John 17 this week.

See you in church.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Pastor Bob

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