Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday are over, and we are officially in the holiday season. What does that mean for you?
Blogger Ellen Painter Dollar wrote: I am unapologetically busy during Advent—busy, but rarely frantic or pressured. My hands are busy, but my heart abides happily in the expectant hush of Advent … Sometimes the work of making room for God is internal and still—silence, prayer, study. And sometimes it is outward and active … our busy hands, our expectant hearts, both preparing to welcome the long-awaited, incarnate love of God, both necessary for knowing that love more deeply and sharing it more widely.
The weeks before Christmas can be frantic, pressured, and busy, but we hope you will also make time for moments that are expectant, internal, and still. In our sermon series, "Yesterday & Today & Forever", we are challenging you to see Jesus not just as the baby in the manger 2000 years ago, but to consider what it means that He is your Lord and King, today. As Pastor Erik said on Sunday:
"Jesus didn’t come to fulfill our hopes and dreams, but to fulfill his hopes and dreams in us and through us. He didn’t come to support and strengthen our kingdoms, but to build his own kingdom, one filled with love, grace, mercy, forgiveness. But ultimately it is a kingdom where he is Lord and King, where he alone rules and reigns, a kingdom where he is trusted, followed and obeyed.
"Where do you really stand when it comes to Jesus as Lord and King, today? Jesus is the same, born 2000 yrs ago, with us today, and He will one day return."
What does that mean for you?