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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
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen! ?
Isaiah 40:31 - "Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...... " One of the things that I really enjoy about the Christmas season is the Christmas carols. I love the songs of the season, "Frosty", "Rudolph", and "Jingle Bells" all put a smile on my face. My favorite songs however are the songs that proclaim the birth of Jesus. "Joy to the World" has always been and will probably always be my favorite song of the season (in fact I think we should sing it year round), but recently I have really come to appreciate "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. " "God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember, Christ, our Saviour Was born on Christmas day To save us all from Satan's power When we were gone astray O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy" Beautiful words but let's be honest something gets lost in the translation doesn't it? Why would a merry gentlemen need rest? It doesn't seem to make sense. In reality this song is almost 600 years old so our language has changed a lot in those years. The word for rest actually means keep, and merry actually means strong. So what we are singing is God keep you strong gentlemen! That still doesn't make a lot of sense does it? This song was written during a time of depression and fear. It was written during a time when the church had almost lost the truth of who Jesus was, and when you lose that truth everything else falls apart. This anonymous person however wrote this song to remind people of who Jesus was and not only that to remind them of what life is all about. God keep you strong gentlemen? Remember this was written to people who felt hopeless, like they had no strength at all. So what the writer is saying is this, you may feel weak and hopeless but God is all powerful and He gives us strength when we trust in Him. That is what Isaiah says isn't it? "Those who wait upon (trust in) the Lord shall renew their strength." God gives us strength so let nothing "you dismay." God gives strength because He is "Christ our Savior, born on Christmas Day." He, this one born in a Manger that the world didn't have room for, He gives us salvation. And (this is the line that I dearly love) He has come to "save us all from Satan's power. He saves us from our sins, from the power of sin, and from a place called hell. Jesus even saves us from the wrath of God the Father against sin. How? Because He went to the cross as our substitute and took the wrath of the Father in our place. He saves us from all of that, not because of our goodness but because of His. He saves us and delivers us even when "we have gone astray." We don't deserve it but the Bible says He lavishes His love and His grace on us. And that grace keeps us, in fact I would say that we can even find rest in that grace. Certainly His grace gives us strength. Where do we find salvation? Jesus! Where do we find strength? Jesus! Where do we find rest and peace? Jesus! Oh tidings of comfort and joy! To God be the glory, that is what Christmas is all about and beyond that, that is what life is all about.