Thank you Pastor Richard Mansfield for sharing your Church sign with us!!! Merry Christmas to you and Cindy and your precious family and congregation!
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 faith, Peace and Love
From Dr. Jim Denison:
As we work, God works. As we give God our best and trust him for his best, we experience his power and know his peace.
Christmas illustrates our theme. Micah 5 contains the famous prediction that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of “one who is to be ruler in Israel” (v. 2). But two verses later, we learn how the Messiah would fulfill this calling: “He shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD” (v. 4).
As a result, “he shall be their peace” (v. 5). The peace of God comes to those who depend upon the power of God.
Henri Nouwen: “It is hard to believe that God would reveal his divine presence to us in the self-emptying, humble way of the man from Nazareth. So much in me seeks influence, power, success, and popularity. But the way of Jesus is the way of hiddenness, powerlessness, and littleness. It does not seem a very appealing way. Yet when I enter into true, deep communion with Jesus, I will find that it is this small way that leads to real peace and joy.”
Will others find the “peace and joy” of Jesus in you today?
What would you guess might be the most popular Bible verse, according to YouVersion’s 400 million users?
Philippians 4:6 is the answer. The verse says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
What does its popularity say about us? Dr. Jim’s Website