It’s so rare for Christmas to fall on Sunday — but it’s perfect. This week I’m taking a break and will simply let you come on and share your reflections, God Hunts, prayers, and thoughts about a short video called “Meet the Nativity.”
Come on any time of the week and find fellowship here. Below is my little village. Today we bask in the realization that God “moved into our neighborhood.” (John 1:14 MSG) Immanuel! God with us. Glory!
(Photo courtesy of Dawn Volpe. This is the view from her parsonage!)
What’s ahead in 2023? I’m so excited that Paige Benton Brown begins streaming her 8 week James study on January 11th, and I will start posting questions on Thursday, January 12th. (Yes — a switch back to Thursdays.) There will be a downloadable format each week for some have asked for that for your small groups. If you want a weekly reminder on how to watch Paige, click here: https://westendcc.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=a6cacd77fce1778133da66b2b&id=956e47f392
On the first eleven days of January, in preparation, I am eager to share some of the rich things about the book of James, and the person of James, the half-brother of Jesus, and the first of Jesus’ siblings. He did not believe Jesus was the Messiah until the resurrection — and then – a dramatic turn-around!
Also, for next week, New Year’s Day, be prepared to share a word or short phrase that you want to happen in your heart in 2023. For me, it will be “emptied.” I was really taken with our study on how Jesus was Almighty God but emptied Himself for us, and how we are to empty ourselves for others. When I’m with a difficult person or asked by the Lord to do something difficult, I want to empty myself as Jesus did.
To get a good discussion rolling this week — watch this 19 minute video from Glenn Scrivner who gave us “There’s a Dragon in Your Nativity.” He says: “to be effective in evangelism, we must aim for the heart.” He says we make decisions based more on the the heart than the mind, and to cast down hostility (or strongholds) we must fire up the imagination, and aim for the heart. (2 Corin. 10:4-5)
I will tell you the first time I watched I was mildly confused. The second time I started weeping with the second video and God melted my heart. I’m going to give this to you two ways, hoping at least one will work. If neither work, go to you-tube and type in Meet the Nativity. You may find the whole movie or you may find it in four parts.
I’d love your thoughts after you watch. Our own Diane Trail had this initial response:
“I watched these but am puzzled about the message. Can you explain? Why is the girlfriend getting pregnant an okay thing?”
Let’s talk about that. What you think Scrivener is trying to communicate with this video? Here he is — but see if you can figure it out first!
Merry Christmas — hope to see you and your thoughts here all week long. Much Love!
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