Scripture: Luke 2:33
Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him.
Simeon had been promised that he would get to see the Messiah before he died. When the Spirit led him to meet Jesus, he knew that Jesus was the Messiah that he had been waiting for. After he praises God for who Jesus is, and would become, Mary and Joseph are “amazed” at what was being said about Jesus.
Mary and Joseph had been through so many ups and downs surrounding the birth of Jesus. They were told who he was going to be by an angel, but were still amazed when Simeon began to talk about him. They were his parents, they heard from an angel, they knew all about Jesus and were still amazed.
Too often, I don’t allow myself to be amazed with who Jesus is. He is literally God. He lived a sinless life, died on a cross and rose from the grave so I could have a free relationship with Him. He is alive and working in my life today. How can I not be amazed! I need to take time each day to remind myself that Jesus is amazing. That He is alive and at work all around me.
Hey God. Thanks for giving me this reminder today. I pray that I will not ever forget how amazing you are. Help me to continue to focus on you with every area of my life, so that I can constantly be amazed by You.
I trust you had a great Thanksgiving, spending time with family and reminding ourselves of all we have to be grateful for! I enjoyed reading through the book of Acts this past month, and it was encouraging to hear from so many who grew in their faith as PVC read through this book together.
As I woke up this morning, I have a great sense of excitement, because it’s now officially time to focus on Christmas. As a matter of fact, we’re only 6 days away from the start of “I Love Christmas” at Palm Valley Church. I believe this is going to be the greatest Christmas yet, both for my family and for our Church family.
To help us focus, I want to invite everybody in our Church (and others you may want to invite) to begin a Christmas Bible reading plan that will have us all read through the accounts of Christmas in the Bible. What a great way to prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate the birth of Christ! To join this reading plan, simply go to YouVersion.com. You will need to register and then choose the “Rediscovering the Christmas Season” reading plan. Let’s all set the reading plan to begin tomorrow, November 30th, and end on December 24th. I will also post the daily reading on my blog/twitter/facebook accounts.
Together, I believe we’re going to see true Christmas miracles in people’s lives as we celebrate Christ this holiday season. Please join with me in the daily Bible reading, praying for our Church to reach more people this Christmas season, and invite, invite, invite others to join you at Church this weekend as we begin “I Love Christmas”. My message this weekend is titled, “I Love Christmas…It Encourages My Faith”.
I look forward to seeing you and your guests this weekend at one of our 4 services as we kick-off “I Love Christmas”! Remember, everybody in attendance this weekend receives a free “I Love Christmas” T-Shirt
P.S. Don’t forget to watch for all of our new outreach methods…
Billboard on I-10 east just past the 101 loop.
TV Commercial with Joel Osteen running through the month.
Our TV show will debut on AZ13 on Sunday, December 12th at 7:00 pm. Cox channel 13, Direct TV channel 6.
“The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds and decided he was a god.”
All the people watched as Paul was bitten by a snake. They determined that he must be a murdered, and justice would not let him escape (he had just been shipwrecked). Paul throws the snake into the fire and stands there unharmed. The people change their mind and decide that he’s not a murderer, he must be a god!
People change their minds so quickly, and make judgments without facts, insight, or prayer. This is why I can’t live for the praise of people. People who think I’m great today, will likely not agree with a decision I make or something I say in the future; and they may not like me anymore. In contrast, some people who don’t like me today may change their opinion in the future.
I’m called to live for an audience of one, to lead people not where they want to go, but where they need to go. To do this, I must be alone with God, hear from Him, and do what He says; regardless of people’s opinion. Everything else is up to Him.
God, I pray that your voice will always be the loudest voice in my life, and that your opinion will always be the most important. Give me confidence in direction/decisions, and strength to live for your glory!