A few years ago I saw a security video of a middle aged man working in an office cubicle when he suddenly lost it! One minute he was typing his day away and the next minute he was picking up and smashing his computer keyboard and a whole host of other office furnishings as well. When I watched that video two questions came to mind: (1) I wonder what ever happened to that wacky worker? and (2) What was it that set him off? Was it an annoying co-worker, an irate customer or some kind of tech wreck? While I don’t know the real reason that guy snapped, I suspect the catalyst may have been “monotony”. The truth is a toll is taken in the world of work when we do the same old thing the same old way over and over and over.
Just as a tedious job can put us over the edge, so can a tedious holiday. When we do the same old same old (and excuse it as tradition) we run the risk of a crazier Christmas. Is there any way we can celebrate this season in a way that turns the meaning up and the monotony down? There is! Join us this Sunday (12/3/17) as we identify four steps to a more creative Christmas. As we begin a new series called Out Of The Box we will look at Philippians 2:3-11 and see that Jesus’ birth was the ultimate Out Of The Box experience.
In addition to this timely topic, we will have some wonderful worship and will give out a special gift that will help you go “out of the box”. It’s gonna be a super Sunday, series and season so I really hope you can be here for week one. I can’t wait to see you and your crew at my favorite church!
Sure Do Love You,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Philippians 2:5-8 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Proverbs 16:5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
Proverbs 18:12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”