Sometimes God uses amazing miracles to draw us to Jesus. Think about the angel appearing to the shepherds on Christmas Eve, “I bring you good news of great joy!”
Other times, God just uses what is there right in front of us. Then, we don’t need a miracle, we just need the facts.
Or , then again, are the facts themselves miracles?
What can we learn from the Magi this Epiphany Sunday? Let’s find out

Thank you to TC Christopher for delivering this sermon at short notice when I came down with a bug. He did a great job!

Promises of Advent Week Three: A Promise Each of Us Is Invited Into

Each day is an opportunity to get a little less terrible living between the expectations we have and the hope things will get better. We are called into a life of tiny little steps where we compare ourselves to who we were yesterday not who someone else is today.

Living in the Kingdom of God isn’t as much about being a monk or a spiritual pilgrim as much as it is you being you under the power of the Holy Spirit through the ordinary circumstances of your life.

Insights by David Lose, Jim Wilder, Jordan Peterson, John the Baptist…and Jesus

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We will serve a full Christmas dinner@ 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25th, Christmas Day.

There is a signup board for the meal@ LIFEhouse.

If you would like to serve, we will be preparing, beginning 10:30 a.m., serving@ 2, and cleaning up afterward.

Come to IMPACT on Wednesday Night, December 19@ 6 p.m. as we will put together decorations and place-settings.

We are collecting toiletries and new socks, along with clothing, outerwear and shoes in good condition. You can bring these to LIFEhouse on Sunday or during the week.

LIFEhouse Christmas Tree
 We will gather@ 5 p.m. on Monday, December 24th, to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Our worship will include drama,The Great Manger Mystery, children’s Christmas, carols and band and organ and bells and trumpet- wrapped up in the gospel message of God breaking through to us in the Christ child come to earth!

 

The Promises of Advent: A Promise So Ordinary It’s Easy To Miss

Second in a four part series (attrib. David Lose) for the season on Advent. Based on Luke 3:1-6

A Battle Royal of the seven rulers of the known world of the first century Holy Land vs. John the Nobody…and Jesus

It’s the same today, no matter what is happening in our lives, putting us down for the count, we will overcome because we have the champion of the universe fighting for us…Jeeeessssuuusss!

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Advent Themes

As you may already know, there is an ancient  practice of following the days and months of the year focused on the life of the Church. We call this, “The Church Year.” Just like we have seasons in the way we speak of our calendar year, we have seasons in the church year.

We begin the church year with the season of Advent. These are the days leading up to Christmas. Each week of Advent is marked by the lighting of a new candle.

Advent is a time to focus on the coming of Jesus, both as the baby Jesus born into the world about 2000 years ago, and King Jesus who will return to bring heaven and earth together as one in the last days.

Promises of Advent is the theme for each Sunday of Advent. Each week we will hear how God follows through on promises in our life.

Promises of Advent Sundays@ 10 a.m.

December 2 Advent 1: A Promise Big Enough to Save (Luke 21:25-36)

December 9 Advent 2: A Promise So Ordinary It’s Easy To Miss (Luke 3:1-6)

Children present:
“LIFEhouse Living: All Things Christmas”

December 16 Advent 3: A Promise Each of Us Is Invited Into (Luke 3:7-18)

December 23 Advent 4: A Promise That Changes the World (Luke 1:39-55)