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Upcoming Events
OCT

18

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

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.
Bible Search
Christmas Glory
John 1:14 - "and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth." What a strange story this story of the birth of Jesus is, made stranger still when you realize it is not just as story but it is true and it it's truth. God really was born in a manger in Bethlehem a little over 2000 years ago. The immortal became mortal. The Creator became part of creation. The infinite became a baby. The all powerful became helpless. This story is too outrageous to have been dreamed up by a man, and in its outrageousness it forces us to ask a question, and that question is why? Why did Jesus come to earth? Why did He come in this way? And the answer is to reveal the glory of God. We get a glimpse of that glory in His humility. God humbled Himself and was born in a stable while the world was totally oblivious to His coming. He was born surrounded by animals because as the Bible tells us "there was no room for them in the inn." This didn't take God by surprise however, He knew these would be the circumstances surrounding His birth. Yet that's how He came, and He came to reveal to us the glory of God. We see that glory through that humility. Philippians 2 tells us "that He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." His humility was on display the night of His birth, it was how He lived His life, and it ultimately led Him to death. To reveal to us the glory of God. We get another glimpse of His glory in His majesty. There was nothing majestic about how He was born but there is something majestic when the wise men come and bow before Him. We see His majesty when they present to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold for a king, that's majesty. Frankincense for a high priest, that's majesty. And myrrh as a glimpse of anointing His body for burial, that too is majesty. We get another glimpse of His glory in His mission. Why did He come? The angel told the shepherds, that He was a "Savior". His mission was that He came to save. The Savior of the world coming to seek and save the lost. How does that happen? How does He save us? By dying on the cross in our place. It was supposed to be us but He took our place and saved us from judgement, and from death. We get another glimpse of His glory through His love. Why did He come? Why leave the glories of heaven for the frailties of earth? Why live a perfect, sinless life? Why go to a cross and suffer a horrific death? Because of love, the love that He has for us. He did all of that (and more)because He loves us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." That is the love of God. That is the glory of God. My prayer this Christmas is that you know that love. That you behold that glory. That you treasure that glory and that it's grace and truth transforms your very life. Merry Christmas. To God be the glory!