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Advent: waiting and watching

Posted onDecember 20, 2011 | 0 comments

Completion is only found in Christ, through His death for our sin and resurrection from the grave, but it's not a complete reality until we stand in our resurrected bodies in the presence of our Savior. This won't happen until Jesus' words in Matthew 24 come to pass: "They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." The return of Jesus and final restoration are the human hope, nothing less. Paul knew this well when he sat down to write Romans 8. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. ROMANS 8:18-25 ...Keep Reading

Advent: Incarnation and Implications

Posted onDecember 18, 2011 | 0 comments

At one point in history, God made a promise that became a reality in the coming of Christ. His coming is known as the Incarnation in which He took on human flesh to rescue humanity through His life, death and resurrection. The Incarnation and its impact on us are the focus of our time this week, and we are looking at them through the lens of John 1. There is a common temptation to gloss over this text because of our familiarity with it, but we should come with a renewed look at what the Lord spoke through John. So before moving into the text, hit pause and ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding and eyes to see Jesus magnified through the words of the apostle. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. JOHN 1:1-5; 14 ...Keep Reading

Passages to Contemplate in Considering hrist

Posted onDecember 12, 2011 | 0 comments

Advent is about Christ and His two comings – the first in humiliation, the second in glory; the first in condescension, the second in exaltation; the first for forgiveness; the second for judgment. Advent is about Jesus Christ, and thus we must seek to consider Him (Hebrews 3:1), look to Him (Hebrews 12:2), sets our minds’ attention and hearts’ affections upon Him (Colossians 3:1-4). He is our treasure, and His return is our greatest good. ...Keep Reading

Advent: The Wait

Posted onDecember 9, 2011 | 0 comments

Scripture, in its most intriguing portions, often introduces an obscure character, gives him or her something profound to say or do, only to let that person mysteriously vanish from the text verses later. Simeon (Luke 2: 25-35) was one such shadowy figure, known only by his righteousness, devotion and apparent long-suffering for Israel’s consolation. Imagine him as a gray-bearded saint – a John the Baptist type – full of the Spirit, groaning continually in the temple, waiting for the Messiah. Perhaps he’d stand post on the steps, looking out over the horizon, looking for a sign. ...Keep Reading

ADVENT: looking ahead as we celebrate the past

Posted onDecember 2, 2011 | 1 comments

The Christmas season is in full swing; the songs and sweets, parties and presents and the celebration of the greatest Gift ever given. But if we are not careful we will easily be caught up in the cultural tide of activity and materialism. This current promises to sweep away the joyful celebration and the hopeful anticipation of the coming of our Savior. The substance and significance of this season will be lost in the shadows of the land of our wanderings if we are not vigilant to prepare our minds to take action, setting our hope on the return of Christ....Keep Reading

It's A Wonderful Life

Posted onNovember 30, 2011 | 5 comments

It's A Wonderful Life is one of our family's favorite Christmas movies. It may be one of yours as well. We watched it again last night for the first time...this year...and I realized something. This movie is so loved, so easy to watch over and over not because we love the characters or the happy ending; though we do love both. What makes this movie so enduring is what the characters go through to get to the happy ending. It's full of disappointment, trial, tragedy, hatred, waiting and more waiting and more disappointment. And then in the most frustrating scene of the movie, the villain, Mr. Potter, takes advantage of an $8,000 mistake that threatens to shut down the Bailey Savings and Loan and land George Bailey in jail surrounded by scandal....Keep Reading

Thoughts On How To Schedule Your Day

Posted onMarch 8, 2011 | by: Allen Snapp | 0 comments

For those of you who, like me, are always looking for ways to increase your effective use of the time God has given us, here's a helpful post from Matt Perman's blog, What's Best Next......Keep Reading

Spirit-filled Boldness and the Gospel

Posted onFebruary 22, 2011 | by: Allen Snapp | 2 comments

This past Sunday I shared from Acts 3-4 and focused on the quality of boldness that the Holy Spirit brought to the disciples and will increasingly bring to us as we are filled with the Spirit. On Monday my family was sharing a devotional time from The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent and I read an entry called My Manifesto and all I could think was, "I wish I'd seen this before Sunday's message!" He has some great thoughts about boldness and the way the gospel undergirds our boldness that I thought you'd find encouraging and challenging. Enjoy!...Keep Reading

Ambition?

Posted onAugust 17, 2010 | 2 comments

What comes to mind when you hear the word "AMBITION"? This may not describe you, but in many Christian circles the word ambition conjures up negative feelings. More often than not, it's used to describe things that we desire but shouldn't be pursuing and is frequently preceded by the word selfish. Granted, James rightly instructs us as to the destructive nature of selfish ambition within the church......Keep Reading