The story of Samuel’s calling provides an example of how important it is not just to hear God’s voice with our ears, but to truly listen with our hearts. Some things change in our life if we listen to God’s voice. View the video below. youtu.be/Buh5Sd7yvq0
Christ was baptized not because he was a sinner but to show his commitment to live righteously as God’s Son and to identify with those who are in need of repentance and baptism. That, of course, includes us all. View the video to learn more. youtu.be/z6mw3jWksO8
While each year, nativity scenes depict the wise men at the stable, their visit may have come as much as two years later. Who were these mysterious men? Where did they come from? Did they know their gifts would hold as much significance as the church places on them? We can still learn much from these men who came seeking and worshiping the king of the Jews. youtu.be/H726oc23C8g
As interesting as the answers to questions about where we were born or how we were raised might be, the reason we were born is of far more importance. One reason is for us to be an advertisement for the God in whose image we were created. We have a model for this in the person of John the Baptist. View the video.
Having lived through the 2020 pandemic, and as we continue through Advent, we are reminded through the ancient words of Isaiah that God is bigger and stronger than anything we may face in our lifetime. Add to that the knowledge of God’s desire for us to be comforted, and we find hope in new and unexpected ways. So, when we feel ourselves in the wilderness, hungering and thirsting for God, God will be there for us. And when we are feeling strong and refreshed, God calls us to move out into the world to serve others in need, all in the name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus concludes his discourse to his disciples about the future with a brief parable and the lessons they are to draw from it. We are to be alert, knowing what is going on in the world and thinking God is there. We know something that those first disciples didn’t realize at the time: that God’s work of new creation has already begun with the cross and resurrection of Christ. Knowing that, we are to watch for the signs that God is completing that work. Watch the video for a blessing.
Colossians 3:15-27 tells to be thankful and with this being Thanksgiving Week, it is a wonderful time to stop and give thanks to God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us. How often do you praise and thank God? We have been blessed beyond measure and we are way behind on offering thanksgiving to the One who bled and died for our sin. Our scripture is a real comfort during times of turmoil and stress. View the video for a blessing.
We as a church need to see our “talents” not so much as the “gifts and graces” of individual members, but as our physical assets, and to ask ourselves if we are simply “burying” them, or using them in a way that gives physical expression to the kingdom that we know is coming. So, we need to ask ourselves: What kind of servants shall we be? What has God given us to use? How shall we use it? What accounting will we give the Master, when he returns? View the video.