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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)

Not many Christians think of themselves as “unbelievers.” We normally use the term to describe people who are “seekers” or not-yet disciples of Jesus. But there are many things about God that we actually do not believe. Often there is a large gap between what we say we believe in our head, and what we truly believe in our heart. This is what is behind all sin.

Moving from unbelief to belief about what is true of God is a big part of gospel fluency, discipleship and the way out from sinful thoughts, actions or emotions.


Week two of our eight-week journey to transformation in community. This week we will consider how our story is be a continuation of God’s story as we follow him.

We live in story, and all of us have been shaped by a dominant story. Is the story that most shapes your life and identity THE story of God that is told throughout the Bible? Or is it a story from your culture, dysfunctional background or a stack of lies that makes up the primary narrative of your life?

What we believe about God and what he is like will ultimately determine what we believe about ourselves and how life works.

The Gospel Primer: an eight-week guide to transformation in community.

This week we are focusing on, What is the Gospel?

Gospel=Good News

“God himself has come to rescue and renew creation in and through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.”

That’s the good news.

The bad news is if we don’t trust the good…

Working in partnership with God and other’s who trust in him, we can grow in our trust and be an encouragement to others. We can truly share the Gospel.

Hebrews 3:12

So search your hearts every day, my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray, and make you unresponsive to the living God.

 

 

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We continue celebrating Christmas and the new year with worship@ 10 a.m. The baby Jesus is born and like your own birth, challenges follow, beginning with an escape to Egypt!

Come and join your friends as we celebrate the new year together…

 

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This Sunday is the second in a four part series on what it means to be a rare leader. We are combining biblical principles with the latest brain science, based on the book Rare Leadership, by Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder….

 

 

Leadership is more about answering the question, “Who am I to be?” than it is, “What am I to do?”

Being a healthy and effective leader is way more about our EQ, Emotional Quotient than it is our IQ, Intelligence Quotient.

EQ is about the kind of person we are underneath the surface, and how we interact with others. Much of the new research on performance success in leadership says the ratio is 1/3 IQ and 2/3 EQ.

Emotional intelligence or emotional maturity counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined to be successful in leading others, yet this is not commonly known nor commonly seen. How can we change that? There are four uncommon habits that will increase our EQ.

When we develop these habits we increase trust, joy, and engagement with the people we lead.

These habits make up the acronym, RARE, as in Rare Leader. They are:

R which stands for Remain Relational

A which stands for Act Like Yourself

R which stands for Return To Joy

E which stands for Endure Hardship Well

 

This week we will look at what it means to…

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It might seem rather presumptuous that we are to try to be like God, but that is exactly what we are being told in Ephesians 5:1,

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

 That’s what kids do. They imitate their parents for good or not so good. In this case, imitating God is always good!

What would it mean for you to imitate God? When you think of all the attributes God possesses, which is most important? See you this weekend and find out!

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God teaches us thorough the Holy Spirit, people who invest in our lives, and the circumstances of our lives. All of our learning has to do with relationships. Whether it is relationship with God or others, me is meant to be we.

As you know, I find the science of brain research extremely helpful when it is connected to the biblical view of what our relationships are to be like. God doesn’t want us to be in healthy relationship with him and others on a whim. God actually wires us for this. It has been valuable for me to learn from Dr. Jim Wilder and his ministry organization, Life Model Works. These are the folks who bring us Joy Starts Here and now a practical application for leading in our homes, schools, churches and business, RARE Leadership.

We will be using the biblical themes from RARE Leadership for a six week Sunday Series, beginning in October. I the midst of this, there is a one-day RARE Leadership workshop on November 5th.  I will be speaking at this event.

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