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Upcoming Events
OCT

22

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
OCT

25

WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
OCT

29

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
Bible Search
Anticipation

1 Peter 1:3 - "for we have been born again with a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

 

Anticipation, its a word that spark well……anticipation.  dictionary.com defines anticipation as realization in advance or a foretaste.  When we think of it that way when we anticipate something we are thinking about it in advance so much that we get a foretaste of it.  Think of it this way, when we are anticipating a good meal we can almost taste it, when we are anticipating seeing someone that we love we can almost imagine having a conversation with them.

 

We anticipate a lot of things.  We anticipate the coming of Christmas, we anticipate the first snowfall, we can’t wait for summer break to arrive when we are kids, we stand in line for a the next blockbuster movie.  We live in anticipation in a lot of ways.  But are we anticipating the right things?

 

Luke tells us the story of Mary and Martha in his gospel, Luke 10:38-42.  Jesus is visiting in the home of these two sisters and one is slaving away do the things that need to be done, while the other is just simply sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him.  Martha goes to Jesus and basically says, “Lord do something about my sister, she isn’t helping me at all. She is expecting me to do all the work and she is doing nothing.”

 

Most people would have probably thought Jesus would go to Mary and set her straight, but what He does is surprising, He says to Martha, “you are worried about many things, but your sister has chosen the most excellent way.”  In other words both sisters anticipated Jesus’ visit, one wanted everything to be in order, and the other just simply wanted to be with Jesus.  One may have wanted Jesus to say, “everything looks wonderful,” and might have been driven by pride.  The other just simply wanted to spend time listening to and learning from Jesus.  She anticipated the right thing.  She chose the most excellent way.

 

Peter tells us that we “have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  In order words we have a risen Savior.  That changes everything.  Jesus is alive, so we anticipate Him.  He has conquered death and hell so we anticipate His return as the Living King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  That is why the Bible says “be on the alert because Jesus will return like a thief in the night.” Live in anticipation of that coming reality.

 

Our anticipation however must go even beyond that.  Jesus is alive so we ought to anticipate time spent in worshipping Him.  The psalmist put it beautifully when he said, “I was glad when they said to me let us go to the house of the Lord.”  What he is saying is I anticipate those times of worship when I can gather together with other believers and worship Jesus.  I anticipate those times of being able to pray together.  I anticipate those times of breaking bread and opening God’s word together.  The psalmist is saying I live in anticipation.  Waiting for and longing for those times of worship.

 

Yet if Jesus is alive and He is, then our anticipation must go even beyond that, it must extend to every single day.  After all His “mercies are new every morning,” and He has promised “that He is with us always.”  What that means is this, we are in His presence daily.  When we rise up and when we go to bed and even when we are asleep, He is there.  So we ought to anticipate each and everyday of our lives because we are with Jesus.  The song writer captured this idea well when they said, “in the morning when I rise, give me Jesus.”  We ought to live in anticipation every single day, because every single day is a day we get to spend with Jesus.

 

We can miss out however much like Martha did.  We can let the worries of the world, or our own pride or the sins of the flesh take over and we can miss out on Jesus.  But make no mistake about it, He is there.  So we should live in anticipation as the Bible says, “this is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Its not too far of a stretch to say “this is the day the Lord has made so let us rejoice and anticipate it.”   Let us anticipate what Jesus is going to do every single day and let us just simply anticipate being in His presence.