The Navigator: 12.9.21

THIS SUNDAY, 12/12

  • Sammy continues his present series from Matthew 1.
  • 5pm – Christmas Carol Sing-a-long.  Also, solos, trios, and instrumentals of your favorite carols.

 

This week’s tip:  Being sensitive to the other side of the holidays.

I mention it every year in our worship services.  While the holidays are filled with laughter, joy, fun and frolic, for many it is a time of great pain and loss.  As you shepherd your flock, remind your people that being broken and feeling defeated is as much a part of the Christian faith as feeling joyful and victorious.  Jesus was born for such as these.  Sam Allberry couldn’t have said it better:

 

‘TIS THE SEASON – for impatience and anger

Share these passages with your class.  Encourage them to jot the verses down on a card and place it where they see them everyday, or better yet – memorize them.   It will help when they’re stuck in that long line of traffic or the store, or when someone is rude to them during this “merry” time.

“Short-tempered people do foolish things…” – Prov. 14:17

“…a hot temper shows great foolishness.” – Prov. 14:29

“Better to be patient than powerful,…Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;…” – Prov. 16:32; 17:28

“Sensible people control their temper,…”  – Prov. 19:11

We’re never weaker than when we’re angry.

 

HOSTAGES IN HAITI: Update

One of the most powerful lines I remember from contemporary Christian music is the opening line from Steve Camp’s “Run to the Battle:”

“Some people want to live within the sound of chapel bells; but I want to run a mission a yard from the gates of hell.”

Christian missionaries are living that line right now.

For those who are aware of the Christian missionaries taken hostage in Haiti, click here for an update from CNN.  Pray for these people.

 

**Equipping ourselves to be able to engage in intelligent dialogue where the Christian faith is concerned.

J.I. Packer wrote,

“Nothing so humbles the mind as thoughts of God.”

“In the beginning, God created…” – Gen. 1:1

**The universe contains more planets than seconds that have passed since the Big Bang.  (Read that again.)

Below is a photo from the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Astronomers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at a point in space where there appeared to be absolutely nothing, the emptiest part of space.

The telescope remained fixed on a tiny region of space – 1/26,000,000th of the visible sky – in the constellation Fornax for 11.5 days. (Fornax is 62 million light years from earth.)

The results were both shocking and breath-taking. 

Not only was something there in the seeming interstellar emptiness, but scientists discovered approximately 10,000,000 galaxies (every blip in this photo is not a star, it’s an entire galaxy!).

Believe this all happened by accident if you want. I don’t have that much faith.

God roared at Job:

“Can you direct the movement of the stars— binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? Can you direct the constellations through the seasons…? Do you know the laws of the universe?… – Job 38:31-33

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 12/12 – Christmas Sing-along with the SonShiner Choir; 5pm
  • 12/24 – Christmas Eve Service; 5pm
  • 1/2 – Combined Worship; NO SUNDAY SCHOOL

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.” – Horace Greeley

“The better you know the gospel, the better you’ll share the gospel.”- Bobby Jamieson.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

 

SOUL FOOD: Who were the mysterious Magi?

Read the answer here.

Soli Deo Gloria, St. Nick