Focusing On What Matters Most (Christmas Eve Bonus Edition)
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Day 1: Read Luke 2:11. What do you hope to remember from this Christmas to put in practice until next Christmas?
Day 2: Read Luke 2:17-19. The word “pondered” means to put in context, to connect. Such connection is the work of the mind and Spirit. Mary begins to connect the dots – angels didn’t come to the priests to announce the good news but to common shepherds working the night shift. As you look at the past week, month, year, where can you see God “connecting the dots” in your life?
Day 3: Read Luke 2:6-7. The story of Christmas is not about us trying to stumble our way into finding God. It's about God coming to be with us, being present in our lives, taking our steps with us, day-in and day-out. Where do you need to remind yourself of God’s presence in your life for the day ahead? How have you sensed His presence with you this Christmas season?
Day 4: Read Matthew 1:21-23. God with us. He is with us in the midst of the mess. And even after He comes, dies, rises again, and ascends to heaven, He is still with us. What mess do you need to turn over to Jesus and become aware of His presence to transform your life and others?
Day 5: Read Luke 2:10. God wants to rewrite your story from the mess of this world and of sin, to the masterpiece of His grace and our Savior Jesus. Where have you seen God guiding you to a new beginning, a new start, a rewrite of the story of your life in the past year?
Day 6: Read Ephesians 2:8-10. By grace…through faith…for works. No situation is beyond God's redemption. No soul is beyond salvation. Jesus Christ died on the cross so that you might be forgiven, and He rose from the dead so that you, too, can experience His resurrection power. Take time to thank God for the gift of Jesus in the past year and for the year ahead.
You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the following book - Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller.
Don't forget you can listen to this week's message or read the full PDF of the message & GPS.
AS PRAY THIS WEEK FOR CREATE FOR COMMUNITY: For patience with parking challenges during construction. For safety and efficiency of our construction crews. For those who have given generously for these improvements.