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12-30-12 Mark 11:22-25 NIV

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Discipleship Ideas for Christmas Break Downtime

If you’re like me, this is a slow week.  I feel slow, things seem to be moving slow, and because of that, I have to watch that my passion for Jesus doesn’t slow.

Here are a few ideas for discipleship off the top of my head.  The goal here is to stimulate thinking and action.  If you have some others, feel free to post a comment!

Prayer:

  • Pray the gifts you gave and received are used for God’s glory.
  • Pray for God to stir your heart if you feel slow or depressed.
  • Give God praise for all the good things in 2012 – make a list to remind yourself if need be!

The Word:

  • Do an extra study on Christmas or one of our Gospel of Mark passages.
  • Take some extra time to share a Bible passage with your family.
  • Ask a neighbor, co-worker, or family member what they are learning about the Bible.
  • Ask someone at church how they’ve been growing.

Fellowship:

  • Take some extra time to write cards to someone who needs encouragement (hint: we all need encouragement).
  • Encourage someone with some specific area of growth you’ve noticed in their life.
  • Share a Scripture or pray with someone who’s experienced a recent loss.
  • Share your holiday goodies and have some folks over for fellowship.  Use these opportunities to get to know someone you don’t know very well.

Witnessing:

  • Ask someone about Christmas.  Ask why they celebrated and see where the conversation leads.
  • Use some downtime to pray about evangelism for yourself and for our church.
  • Think about a strategy for evangelism for 2013.  Evangelism is like the laundry: someone’s got to do it, it might as well be you!

Hope you all have a great Friday.

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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12-23-12 Mark 12:1-12 NIV

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Three Thoughts About Christmas

Christmas is coming Tuesday.  Here are three quick thoughts:

1.  Don’t miss God’s Love.

God is so patient with His people.  As I reflect on what He’s done throughout history, and the timing of Jesus’ coming, it must be said that God loved his people for over a thousand years before He sent Jesus.  The overall trajectory of their lives and faithfulness was downhill, and He stayed with them, ultimately fulfilling HIs promises in the birth of Christ.

2.  Give gifts to Jesus – it’s His birthday.

How much would we have enjoyed it at our 7 year old birthday party if our friends came over and gave gifts to each other?  I was challenged this week with that thought.  That’s really what most people do at Christmas. “Hey Jesus, we’re going to celebrate your birthday – by giving each other gifts!”  Be sure to give some gifts to the King who was born.  And give all gifts in the spirit of Him who was born.

3.  Yearn.

Christmas is a reminder.  The Israelites yearned for a Savior.  He was born.  So this Christmas, yearn for those who don’t know Jesus.  Ask God for an increased hunger to see Him at work.  Also, yearn for His return.  “For His returning we watch and we pray” is the line of one of my favorite worship songs.  Like the Israelites yearned for Jesus’ birth, let us yearn for God’s activity and movement, culminating in His return.

I hope you have a blessed Christmas.  I will be praying for everyone connected to Goss Memorial this Christmas!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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12-16-12 Mark 11:27-33 NIV

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The plan & the goal

As I was doing my Advent Devotions this morning, I was struck by these two simple sentences. 

The plan is His. The goal is Him.

The plan is His.  How often do we stop to remember just how powerful God is?  He holds ALL things together.  He has always existed and will always exist.  He is all knowing.  He knows what is going on at all times.  He knows what your thoughts are going to be tomorrow.  Not only does He just have knowledge, he has control and power over the world.  As we navigate our Christian walk, it is critical that we remember that God is orchestrating His master plan of redeeming the world.  We shouldn’t come up with our own plans, but should join HIS plan.

The goal is Him.  Too often I forget that achieving success in life or ministry is not the goal.  The goal is God.  The goal is a deep, intimate relationship with the creator of the universe.  That’s it!  Even if zero of my expectations are fulfilled, whether it be in ministry or in my personal life, I want to be a person whose success is based solely in what my God thinks about me. 

The plan is His.

The goal is Him.

Blessings,

Josh

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