This coming Lord’s Day (1/21), I’ll be starting a new series at Crestview with Luke. We’re entitling this series LifeTogether. And, the idea behind this is that we’re digging into God’s Word to see how He intends for us to function together. You might think that your weekend connection to the gathering of your church is sufficient, but I would like you to start seeing that as a launching point. We need each other. I cannot do this life alone. I need others. Thankfully, God’s heart is that we enjoy life together. Join us Sunday, then, as we dig into this.
I enjoyed a great Sunday at Crestview. As we jumped into a new year, I preached a sermon that launched our Week of Prayer. Yesterday, Luke preached a sermon, As He’s Promised, helping remind us of the importance of God’s Word, specifically how what God has promised matters in our lives. This sermon reminded me that Bible intake is not merely about rushing through a list or even checking it off a list. This year, I need to take time to settle into the promises of God’s word.
This day was also fun as we kicked off some new adult Sunday School classes, a new discipleship/mentoring program with our elders, and enjoyed a Noon Meal together. I hope you had a good Sunday, as well.
Here’s the Week of Prayer devotional if anyone still needs it: Week of Prayer Devotional 2018
There’s a devotional that goes with this week: Week of Prayer Devotional 2018
Further, there are gatherings each weekday at 7 AM to pray as well as a gathering at 9 AM on Saturday morning. We hope you’ll join us to dig into God’s heart.
At Crestview, we begin each year with a week devoted to prayer. This coming Sunday, I’ll preach on Matthew 6:9-13 and we’ll get right into a Week of Prayer. There’s a devotional and we’re hoping for many spontaneous gatherings of prayer to come out of our body as we start 2018. If there’s something I can pray for you, I’d be honored. Join us Sunday at 10:15 AM as we kick off our week.
Hope you’re having a Merry Christmas. I thought I’d go ahead and put out my sermon from yesterday and all the other sermons in our Advent 2017 series. I hope these sermons encourage your heart to magnify the Lord and be grateful that Immanuel, God With Us, has come.
At Crestview, we’ve been studying Emmanuel this Advent season. And, I love how we finally get the full story in Matthew’s part of the Christmas story. Here’s what we read:
This Sunday, 12/24, I will be preaching to wrap up our 2017 Advent series on Emmanuel: God With Us. It’s a somewhat different schedule at Crestview:
9:30 am – Family Breakfast with Donuts/Pastries
10:15 am – Carol and Candlelight Service
(There will be no Evening service this year.)
If you’re able to join us, come as we celebrate Emmanuel this coming Sunday.
I love the music of Advent. This year, Melanie Penn’s album Immanuel has been a great release. It contains songs that showcase various perspectives of the characters in the Christmas story. She even made a video, which I’m posting here, of her song Immanuel (The Shepherd’s Song). I hope you enjoy it and dig into the fuller album.
My 12/17/17 AM sermon, Us – Emmanuel 2017, continued Crestview’s series for Advent exploring God With Us, Emmanuel. This particular sermon dealt with Matthew 1:18-25 and how Jesus came to take away our shame, our sin, and enable us to live for Him. We are His endgame. I hope this sermon encourages you. And, I hope this Advent season is one in which you continue to long for seeing Jesus someday.
Read Isaiah 1:11, Isaiah 1:18, Isaiah 53:4-5, John 1:29, Hebrews 9:11-14, Hebrews 10:1-14
And, above all, this Advent season, focus in on the amazing gift of a sacrifice given for you: Jesus Christ, the Lord.