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A Word From Pastor Steve

DECEMBER 2019

New Christmas Series begins this Sunday

Join us each week of Advent this season as we unpack the stories of the nativity through the eyes of biblical characters. Each Sunday, we’ll start with drama by the Skit Guys reenacting the Prophet Isaiah, Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Magi. In the message, we’ll see how we can have hope, love, joy, peace, and CHRIST this season.

Invite a friend to join us!

Christmas Martyrs Needed

Did you know that the Greek word for “witness” (martus) is where our English word “martyr” comes from? Interesting. So, as we read Acts 1:8 last Sunday,

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth," we found a command and commission to be “martures,” witnesses.

My point is that, true to the word, being a witness for Christ is going to cost you something—your time, your pride, your comfort—and, maybe, a friend or relative.

The good news is that the Holy Spirit will grant you supernatural power to cross boundaries and step out of your personality and comfort zones to invite and share your story. A witness isn’t an expert; she or he merely tells their story.

So be a Christmas martyr this season. Die to yourself and live for Christ. Invite others to our Advent services, the family movie event next Friday, and one of our Christmas Eve services. Give to our annual Global Mission Offering that will fund missionaries around the world as they spread the gospel of Christ. All this will cost you something, but the gain will be eternal!

As Galatians 2: 20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me…”

Your fellow witness,

Pastor Steve