Take a breath. Lean in. And, find the place of wonderful in your life.
#1 Christmas WORD: Let God’s word go deep into your soul. Key: 1. Don’t be afraid. 2. You have found favor with God. 3. The impossible is possible with God.
#2 Christmas RESPONSE: Reconcile your life with God, yourself, and one another. Key: 1. Realize reconciliation is not about being right but about developing a right relationship. 2. Set boundaries and guardrails. 3. Stay strong in truth.
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. 8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them. (NLT)
Keys to the challenge:
When you get down to it, deep joy is one of the most incredible gifts of the Christmas challenge.
The with-God life is wonderful-Kerrie
Joy in the pew at Red Door Church
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The key to the meaning of life is living in a relationship with God and one another.
The key to living the best life is to be equipped to respond.
The key to living with purpose is to reach out to others, doing what matters, and making a difference.
It’s THE RED DOOR COMMUNITY CHURCH mission:
UNITE, EQUIP, and UNLEASH in Christ.
UNITE with God and one another. (Relationship)
EQUIP each person to live the best life. (Response)
UNLEASH the church to impact the world. (Reach)
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