MY GROWN UP CHRISTMAS LIST
As we start to begin making some plans and drawing up our lists of things to do for the Christmas season it is also good to reflect on what our Grown Up Christmas List might look like. Over the next few weeks I thought about this for myself and I thought I would make a list that included wisdom, patience, generosity and gratitude. I would encourage you to consider what would make your list and what God can give to us and through us in the name of Jesus.
We live in a world which is more connected than ever. Technology has allowed a news event to be shared in real time across the world. We can communicate with each other through various computerized devices. Our cities continue to urbanize outward and upward. Yet many surveys tell us that loneliness is a problem that our society faces. We have many options in choosing how to spend our time, but somehow at the end of the day we wonder if anyone really knows us. We all have a desire for community.
The bible describes a unique and revolutionary community designed for any culture in any age.
In I Peter 4 this community is called a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.” We call it church. It is more than a building. It is more than a tradition. It is more than an historical institution. It is not perfect, but it is what God chooses in order to invite us to live in community with Him and each other. My prayer is that in the weeks to come we would consider what “church” is to us and what kind of Christian community Glenbrook is and can become.
Come to the Mountain
“Come to the Mountain of the Lord”. We will be studying various biblical narratives that recount the mountain top experiences of Abraham, Moses, Elijah and of course Jesus. In the Bible, mountains were one of the places that God revealed His presence and His purpose.
Sometimes there are circumstances in life that feel like we are climbing a mountain. But we are reminded that we are not alone. So I want to encourage you to come to the Mountain of the Lord, and to experience God’s gracious provision.
The Reluctant Prophet
The story of Jonah, who was unlike any other prophet in the Bible in that when God called him to go and preach to the Ninevites, he ran in the opposite direction. Jonah wanted nothing to do with God’s call and thought he could outrun God. But God had other plans. The great puzzle and perpetual wonder of Jonah is this: Why is God so deeply concerned about, not just Nineveh, but this man Jonah? Why would God pursue him to the ends of the earth, to the bottom of the sea, in the belly of a fish, to the outskirts of Nineveh? Maybe it has to do with the fact that God wants to save all people…or as he once said to those gathered around a table…”I have come to seek and to save the lost.” God’s grace is unfathomable…and maybe there is a little Jonah in all of us.
lenten series - why did jesus die?
In which we reflect and consider how God desires to shape our lives such that we will come to know God's presence in the stresses, anxieties and fears that we encounter in our lives