As Christmas creeps closer, don’t fall for the lies of an empty “holiday celebration”. Your God was sacrificed that you my be redeemed. David’s sin would be paid for. Your sin is paid for. There is rest for David. There is rest for you in Jesus.
“Take a load off,” is what I just told you. What does that phrase mean to you? Maybe, at least, sit down or take off your shoes. There is a load that so many people carry around all the time. It’s not a backpack full of books. The heavy load is anxiety or depression. Another heavy load can be a guilty conscience. It’s important to not confuse or associate those two things. People who struggle with anxiety and depression aren’t sinning. The comfort that our God offers in the first few verses of Isaiah 40 are powerful medicine.
A common misconception is that Christians don’t get depressed … or at least they shouldn’t get depressed. Saying depressions shouldn’t happen only serves to make God’s people – who already feel guilty and weak – even more guilty and weak. Christians do suffer from depression. The Lord has a message for you in your depression. The Lord removes your guilt. This Sunday marks the start of the Advent season, a time of preparation before our Christmas celebration.
How much more can you take? At what point should you give up? It’s questions like these that many Christians face down on a daily basis. Before we get into a contest of suffering, let’s hear what our God has to say on the topic. There are many who refuse to have anything to do with Christmas because of the suffering in the world. It is for that very reason that Jesus was sent – to rescue the world from sin and offer an eternity that is better by far! Join us this Sunday as we continue our journey to the cradle with a look at Job.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We begin a new church year with the first Sunday in Advent. Hear the call to prepare your hearts. Jesus is coming! Don’t worry, we’ll help you get ready this year. I won’t be personally coming over to help trim your tree, but you will hear from John the Baptist. His cry in the wilderness still rings today: REPENT! Join us this Sunday as we begin our journey to the cradle. It is there that we will find the new born king.
The death of Adam didn’t happen for almost a thousand years. Does that seem odd? Imagine if a criminal was condemned to die, but was then placed on death row for almost a thousand years. Do you think Adam ever wondered if God would ever keep his promise? Am I really going to die?