Anyone who knows me know that I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!
In fact, 4 people posted memes on my Facebook wall, celebrating that November means it’s time to begin the Christmas fun!
I’m one of those. . . you know, one of those people who pulls out the Christmas music and movies the day after Halloween and likes my house to be fully decorated by Thanksgiving.
One day a friend showed me, what I thought, was a piece of fruit. It was small and green, so I naturally assumed it was a lime...
Every year at The Sanctuary, we get to witness about 30 people get baptized. It’s so awesome to celebrate the things God is doing in our church family!
In 2009, however, we had a few more than 30 baptisms to celebrate!
That year, Pastor Marty shared the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch from Acts 8.
Worry is rampant. Worry causes people to act out in emotionally charged ways. Worry causes fears that can make us see things from only our human perspective – and fear is a terrible master to be driven by.
The Bible teaches us that EVERYTHING is spiritual. Everything. There is no part of my life that God does not have an opinion on or want ownership of. And there is no part that Satan will not fight to have ownership of, as well.
The Christmas holidays are such a joyful time to celebrate Jesus’ birth, family, friends and blessings! I am so grateful for this season and all that it represents. But there are also people for whom this joyous season can be painful.
Do you remember when you were baptized?
I do! I was 7 years old and I remember watching a baptism and knowing that I wanted to be baptized, too.
Over the past two Sundays, Pastor Marty talked about how the signature of Jesus in our lives is purity. And while this covers many areas of our lives, (like purity of faith or purity of relationships), what struck me the most was when Pastor Marty addressed the purity of our thinking.
..When I look at the life of Jesus, I do not see someone who craved a safe and danger-free life. I see a Man with an all-out passion to love lost souls and bring them into right relationship with God, despite the persecution and judgment that He faced...