True and lasting peace is rare in our sin-ravaged world. Fear, sin, uncertainty, doubt, and many other forces war within us. The holidays don’t invoke good memories and/or warm fuzzy feelings for many people. Just a quick read through the newspaper can leave one’s mind and heart reeling in a state of unrest. While most of us manage to grasp pieces of peace here and there, what is the secret to the few who find a confident assurance that everything is going to be okay, even in the midst of adversity?
Jesus says He will give us peace if we are willing to accept it from Him. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives produces deep and lasting peace. With Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future.
Beginning a new series on peace, Pastor Cliff Purcell shares some practical ways to secure deep and lasting peace. His first podcast can be found here: “Making Peace With God” (Dec. 2, 2018). The next podcast can be accessed here: “Making Peace With My Past” (Dec. 9, 2018). Wishing you God’s gift of His deep and lasting peace!
Ten Old Testament Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus’ birth as recorded in the New Testament.
Don’t celebrate Christmas too early. Before unleashing the joyful revelry of the holiday, enter a season that readies your heart for the celebration. . . . Wake up on Christmas morning with a hard-fought hope grown out of a rich season of spiritual preparation. That’s what Advent is all about.” -Scott James
Scott James is the author of the Advent devotional book, The Expected One, and The Littlest Watchman, an Advent book for children. Scott reminds us that it is important to prepare our hearts for the Christmas celebration. Advent also reminds us of the people of God awaiting the promised Messiah and “helps us hone those same sentiments as we await his second coming.”
You may read Scott’s post here: Why We Need Advent. Blessings!
Your past with God doesn’t have to dictate the outcome of your future. Listen as Pastor Cliff Purcell wraps up his sermon series from the book of Malachi: “Where Do We Go From Here?” The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord (Nov. 25, 2018).
With Thanksgiving tucked under our belts, if we’re able to cinch our belts :), many of us are feeling the financial bulge warring against our desire to buy that perfect Christmas gift(s). After all, who wants to rob our loved ones from the joy of receiving this season?
But what about God? Is it possible to rob Him? What kind of gifts are pleasing to Him? What offends God and constitutes this idea of robbing Him? Continuing in the book of Malachi, Pastor Cliff Purcell shares an unpopular teaching that challenges even the most generous and courageous heart. Among my “thankful” list of blessings and people, I am grateful for a pastor who doesn’t water down the truth of the Gospel. You may listen to his message here: The Sermon We Wish Cliff Wouldn’t Preach (Nov. 18, 2018).
I am also thankful for you! Wishing you God’s abundant blessing this holiday season!