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Monday

December 19, 2016

Humble Guests

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Luke 2:15-16, “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about”. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger”.

Think

We’ve all had those “You’ll never guess who I just ran into” moments. They make us shake our heads, because we keep thinking how crazy it was to run into that person in that place! Surely, Mary and Joseph felt something similar to this when the shepherds, total strangers, hurriedly arrived to witness the newborn Christ. Was it awkward at first? What could they otherwise have had in common? 

Of all the characters in the Bible, only a very small percentage received direct communication from God. It is probable that the shepherds, Mary and Joseph all shared their visions and visitations as great encouragement for their faith. When we think, “What could I possibly have in common with that person?” the answer is simple—Jesus! Some of the most unlikely people to attend church are just one invite away from salvation.

Pray

As you continue to pray for those you have invited to the Fellowship Church Christmas experiences, ask God for opportunities to invite the most unlikely of guests and for Him to give you just the right words to say.

Act

Be creative and think of ways to enhance your invitations. Attaching candy canes or packets of hot chocolate with ribbon is a great place to start.

 

Friday

December 16, 2016

Glory to God in the Highest

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Luke 2:13-14, “ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests”.

Think

Singing Christmas carols is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. But as we get closer to Christmas, we hear these familiar tunes repeatedly. And the songs about Christ’s birth become innocuously mixed amongst the scores of songs like “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Jingle Bell Rock”. They become relegated to background music while we are busy shopping for presents, searching for the best deals, and waiting in long checkout lines.

The shepherds had just received the news of Christ’s birth from an angel of the Lord. Can you imagine their reaction to the magnitude of the multitude of heavenly hosts appearing before them singing, “Glory to God in the highest”? What they experienced seems merely unfathomable! But what is fathomable are the countless ways we can glorify God by showing goodwill to others through our words, actions, and deeds. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Pray

Pray for wisdom and awareness as you seek to glorify God in every aspect of your life this Christmas season. And ask God for discernment and insight into any areas you are unknowingly not bringing Him the glory He deserves.

Act

The next time you find yourself mindlessly humming along to “O Holy Night” or “Joy to the World”, tune in, and let the message first proclaimed by a chorus of God’s angels on the night of Jesus’ birth guide your thoughts. And then ask yourself, “How can I glorify God today?”

 

Thursday

December 15, 2016

Good News

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Luke 2:8-12, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’”

Think

The vast majority of us are not called to be pastors in the local church. But as Christ followers, we are called to be ministers of the gospel of peace. Think about it. God could have sent His angel to appear before the religious elite and scholars of the law—but He didn’t! He chose shepherds, men of humble means, to be the first to receive the good news of Jesus’ birth.  Regardless of where we work or our course of study, we are employed by God to be His messengers everywhere we go.

The Bible says we are here to glorify God and shine His light in darkness. But often, this ‘darkness’ is not found in some back alley—it is in close proximity to us every day. Isn’t it true that when it comes to sharing God’s message it’s often hardest to share with our coworkers and classmates? No matter what, though, even when it seems intimidating, we must remember Who we are truly working for.

Pray

This week, pray for God to give you courage as His messenger to boldly proclaim the true meaning of Christmas.

Act

Just as the angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid”, God is telling us the same thing. Allow His Spirit to infiltrate your heart and mind as you invite coworkers and classmates to experience Christmas at Fellowship Church.

 

Tuesday

December 13, 2016

A Father’s Commitment

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Matthew 1:20-24, “…an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Mary will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins’ All of this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel’ which means—‘God with us’. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel had commanded him and tool Mary home as his wife”.

Think

In ancient times, Mary’s pre-marital pregnancy was so very not okay. We can only imagine Joseph’s initial shock when she was found to be with child prior to the angel’s appearance to him in a dream. Can you imagine explaining that to your family over Christmas dinner? Mary being unwed and pregnant would have been the talk of the town. And even worse, this particular “sin” was often punishable by death! Yikes! Legally, Joseph had every right to send her back to her family to be disowned or possibly killed—but he didn’t. And like Mary, as a righteous man of integrity, he too faithfully obeyed the Lord’s command.

You probably remember a time (maybe you’re going through one right now) when you pushed back on something God commanded you to do. Maybe God was asking you to address a destructive behavior or to step out of your comfort zone. Think about your life: is there any area where you are living in disobedience? The Bible says, “If you love Me, obey My commands”. Therefore, when we give up control and allow God to reign in our lives we will be amazed by His countless blessings.

Pray

Thank God for His passionate desire to lead us into the best life possible. Pray for those struggling in marriage and for lives in need of restoration to be encouraged through all the great things happening at Fellowship Church this Christmas season.

Act

What is that thing (or things) God’s Spirit has been laying on your heart to do? Write down three action steps regarding this and get started today.

 

Monday

December 12, 2016

A Leap of Faith

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Luke 1:30-32, “But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…’”

Luke 1:34-35, 37, “’How will this be,’” Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ ‘The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God… For nothing is impossible with God’”.

Think

Upon receiving this unfathomably shocking news Mary’s faith and obedience was incredible. Her response to the angel was, “I am the Lord’s servant… May your word to me be fulfilled.” Now, you might be thinking, “Did she really have a choice?” The answer is yes, she did. Of course, she couldn’t override God’s sovereign will, but she could have chosen to respond in a very different manner considering what it meant to be pregnant out of wedlock in the ancient Jewish culture.

Have you ever been afraid to take a leap of faith? God doesn’t always call us to the path of least resistance, but He does prepare the way for wherever He’s taking us. Initially, Mary didn’t know about all of the implications involved. She would have to face every hardship imaginable, yet she trusted in God’s promise. One of the greatest callings in every Christ follower’s life is to share Jesus with others. In today’s ultra-accepting, politically correct society, this can feel like a daunting task. But remember, God is preparing the hearts of those around you to hear His good news!

Pray

Pray for faith and confidence as you live by the promises and priorities of God’s Word. And ask God for boldness as you intentionally take opportunities to invite people to experience Christmas at Fellowship Church.

Act

Today, keep a watchful eye as you’re going through your daily routine. And Invite two people to The Rhythm of Christmas at FC. If you start to feel anxious or nervous, just remember the angel’s words to Mary: Do not be afraid!

 

Friday

December 25, 2015

The Christmas Story

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“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

Monday

December 7, 2015

Accepting the Unexpected

Read

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

Read today’s scripture in its entirety here: Matthew 1:18-21

Think

For hundreds of years the Jewish people had been waiting and watching for a King to save them. They had been under many rulers and were more than ready for this savior to enter the scene. At this point, where the Gospel of Matthew picks up, God had not spoken to His people for 400 hundred years.

God was about to provide the Jewish people with the ruler their prophets had spoken about, but in a very unassuming package and with a very unexpected plan.

How many times have you asked God for something and His answer looks nothing like you expected? We worship a God who doesn’t fit into any human expectations but knows what we need and when we need it. God doesn’t lead us to a life where we have control; He leads us to a life based on faith in what He has for us.

Pray

Thank God that He knows your real needs before you even know to ask. Pray that you would be open to accepting all that God has prepared for you this Christmas.

Act

Start inviting! Who do you know that is hurting or lost? Step up, step out and invite them to come to Fellowship Church with you for Christmas.

 

Sunday

December 6, 2015

God’s Word Never Fails

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“The angel answered, ’The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God... For no word from God will ever fail…’” Luke 1:35, 37

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth… so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

Read today’s scriptures in their entirety here: Luke 1:34-38, Isaiah 55:9-11

Think

We’ve all heard the expression, “actions speak louder than words.” And while that may be true for a lot of people, God’s word and His actions are inseparable. He has never, and will never, make a promise that He can’t keep. Every word He speaks holds power. In fact, if you’ve read Genesis, you know that God literally spoke the universe into existence through His words.

In Luke Chapter 1, an angel told Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. Mary responded by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant… May your word to me be fulfilled.” And through God’s fulfillment of this promise to Mary, He was fulfilling another promise—His promise to send a Savior. When we trust in God’s promises, we will never be disappointed!

Pray

Pray for faith and confidence as you live by the promises and priorities found in the Bible.

Act

Write down all of the promises God has fulfilled in your life already. Then, take an inventory of all of the areas in your life where you’re worried or stressed. Pray that God will help you to remember the countless times that He has come through for you and pray that He will give you patience as you wait on His timing.

 

Friday

December 4, 2015

Messengers of Hope

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“The angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayers have been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John… He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah… to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’” Luke 1:13, 16-17

Read today’s scriptures in its entirety here: Luke 1:5-25

Think

There’s no feeling quite like receiving a piece of really good news. Engagements, promotions, awards… it all delivers the same result: hope. The story in Luke 1:5-25 tells of an elderly couple who received good news on top of good news. An Angel came to Zechariah to tell him that his wife Elizabeth, who was unable to conceive, would finally give birth to a son. Not only that, but the angel said that their son would go on to turn many people towards God in preparation for the birth of the Messiah!

Jesus, the messiah, is our ultimate source of hope. Through His life, death and resurrection, He delivered us from our sins and opened up a world of opportunities! Are you sharing His good news with the people around you?

Pray

Thank God for the hope you have through His son Jesus. Pray that countless families will come and find purpose and hope in Jesus during the Fellowship Church Christmas experiences.

Act

As Christmas draws near, begin inviting your families and friends, especially those who don’t know Jesus, to join us for one of our Fellowship Church Christmas experiences.

 

Friday

August 2, 2013

Fri, Aug 02

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“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8˸38-39

Think

We all seek to be loved. But there are times in life when we feel separated from the love of those around us. It can be distance because someone has moved away. Perhaps we have lost a loving family member or friend through death. Or we might just feel that our whole world is against us. Whatever the reason, there’s a separation we feel.

The great news is that nothing in our world will or can ever separate us from the love of our heavenly father. When we put our faith in Jesus, when we accept Him as Savior, we experience a love that is unwavering and unending. Have you experienced that love?

Pray

Thank God for His incredible and unending love for you. Express your love for Him and for Jesus as your Savior and Lord of your life.

Act

Show how much you appreciate God's love for you by sharing it with others. You can help families in our community and invest in the next generation by providing much-needed school supplies to local children. Or, if you know someone in need, sign them up to receive backpacks.

Thursday

June 13, 2013

Thu, Jun 13

Read

“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2˸9

Think

Every wave begins with a strong weather event. It starts with a low pressure system coming into close proximity with a high pressure system. And the convergence of those two causes a weather event that completely transforms the seascape and begins the momentum that ultimately becomes a wave.

In our lives, to experience the waves God has for us, we must come to a place of recognizing that we are low and that God is high. And when we admit that, we become transformed. Because the reality is that God went from high to low in order to take us from low to high. Have you admitted that? Have you begun to experience the waves He has for you?

Pray

Admit to God that you need His grace and mercy. Thank Him for providing that for you through Christ. And ask Him to help you experience the thrill of a life transformed.

Act

Learn more about the redemptive work Christ has done for you. If you have accepted that work, share this reality with someone you know today.

Monday

December 24, 2012

Mon Dec 24

Read

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2˸13-14

Think

The Bible tells us that as the shepherds were pulling an all-nighter and keeping watch over their sheep, ‘suddenly’ the angels appeared. In that moment, in that instant, the shepherds’ lives were forever altered. And they had a response to make.

Today, on the eve of Christ’s birth, we have an opportunity to experience a moment, an instant that can change everything for us. For those of us who have stepped over the line of faith, this is a chance to celebrate that reality and share it with those we know. For those who haven’t, this moment is the one that can change your life forever. Have you made the decision to follow the Savior? Has that moment changed your life?

Pray

Thank God for the reality that He sent His Son to the earth. Thank Him for the moment you realized who Christ is. And if you haven’t, pray for God to reveal Himself in a moment that you will never forget.

Act

Relive the moment that changed the world. Read (out loud) the entire account of Jesus’ birth found in Luke 2 with family and friends.