In Sunday’s message, Jan 6, 2019, I referred to this list of God’s names I use in my devotions most days.
Here is the link to the great video of “That’s My King!” That we showed!
As you begin this new year, here is a simple prayer to help you lean on God – all-wise, all-loving and changeless in these things.
Happy new year !
This is one of my favorite reflections on the profundity of the birth of Christ. What we celebrate this day is beyond amazing. Worship as you watch, for He is truly worthy!
Have a truly awe-some Christmas!
Here are the two flash mob videos of the Messiah that I showed in church this Sunday (Dec 24th)! Crank it up, sit back and embrace the joy of the song of God’s glory in Christ being sung so powerfully and publicly!
Soli Deo Gloria
(SDG – that’s how Handel signed his manuscript – “to God alone be the glory!”)
The ancient creeds help us see the inscrutable wonder of the birth of the Son of God on that first Christmas morn! Read these excerpts from the Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed slowly and reflectively with a “cup a joe” and let the Advent wonder grow!
The Nicene Creed is a statement of the orthodox faith of the early Christian church in opposition to certain heresies, especially Arianism. These heresies, which disturbed the church during the fourth century, concerned the doctrine of the trinity and of the person of Christ.
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
You can read the entire Nicene Creed here:
And here’s another one to ponder – an excerpt from the Athanasian Creed!
This creed is named after Athanasius (A.D. 293-373), the champion of orthodoxy against Arian attacks on the doctrine of the trinity. Although Athanasius did not write this creed and it is improperly named after him, the name persists because until the seventeenth century it was commonly ascribed to him.
You can read the entire Athanasian Creed here:
When you and your church pray, you are part of reaching every nation. That’s why your participation in the Week of Prayer for International Missions, December 2-9, is so important.
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Vice President of Mobilization
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This past Sunday I mentioned some books that connect to the big themes of the book of 1 John. These could be good fuel for your takeaway from 1 John!
Related to the idea that “God is light” (1 Jn. 1.5):
Related to the idea that “God is love” (4.8, 16)
Related to the “truth test” about knowing the Jesus and his gospel better (1.10; 2.22-23)