OK true confession….. I’m in a crabby mood and I’m guessing some of you reading this are too! Too much to do and not enough time to do it… long lines and short tempers… and perhaps most of all holiday parties and get-togethers where we must mingle (not jingle) with deeply difficult people- all make for a deeply difficult Christmas. If we’re going to be honest, the Christmas season is also the crabby season! Is there a way to take the crabby out of Christmas? What do wise people do when they encounter a Grinch? Can we find genuine joy in Jesus and the story of His birth?
Join us this Sunday as we begin a great new series called A Grinch Free Christmas: How To Find The Joy Of Jesus. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the cast of characters that we typically see hanging out in our nativity scenes. This Sunday we will look at the guys who are often referred to as the “wiseman” and learn how they found genuine joy in spite of a scary encounter with the original Grinch. As we check out their story in Matthew 2:1-12 we will identify three ways wise people can find joy at Christmas even when faced with difficult people or situations.
If you (like me) sometimes feel the pinch of the Grinch especially around this time of year, please be sure to stop by and to invite a friend as this is going to be a really practical series as we navigate the nativity. In addition to our time in God‘s word, we will have some wonderful worship as we roll out those awesome carols of Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to see you and your crew on Sunday.
Sure Do Love You,
P.S. Be sure to come back by on Sunday evening for our Kid’s Christmas musical called Back To The Manger. It’s going to be amazing and will start at 5 PM in the auditorium (so Live At Five crew be sure to join us there and then). Also, if you’d be willing to volunteer to help meet and greet at one of our three Christmas eve services, please sign up here or on Sunday.
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
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 2:3-8 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child. As soon as you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.”
Matthew 2:9-12 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
1 Chronicles 16:10 Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
1 Chronicles 29:14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand.