ASK FEAR 1-1-12.001

Starting this Sunday, at 11:00 we will begin our ?ASK? Series!

You asked the questions, voted on them and during the month of January we will count down the top 5 questions you want answers to!

Question #5

You asked,

“What does the Bible say about humor?” “Are there parts of the bible we can laugh at?”

“All scripture is God breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

 

Look forward to seeing you this Sunday, New Years Day as we begin ?ASK?!

Don’t forget we will have ONE SERVICE ONLY at 11:00 a.m.

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Presents flow at Christmas time! We give presents to those whom we love and appreciate. We try to find presents that will be useful, meaningful, and a blessing to the one receiving them. We hope the present will be appreciated, enjoyed, and actually used. But, nothing beats a thoughtfully selected present that is given in love and is received with gratitude and joy! I don’t know about you but I have noticed in my life that the favorites always get the best presents, for instance, the favored child, the favored employee, the favored friend. There is really nothing wrong with that, especially if you are the favored one.

Invite a friend or family member and attend one of 3 identical Christmas Weekend services here at Believers.

Christmas Eve at 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. & Christmas Day at 11:00 a.m.

Merry Christmas!

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What are you afraid of? Fear affects millions of Americans every year. It is estimated that some 15 to 18 million people suffer from depression as a result of stress, anxiety or fear related issues. The Bibles command to us regarding fear is simply “Fear Not”. It is mentioned some 385 times throughout the scriptures making it one of the Bibles mega themes. This Sunday we will look at fear in our lives in light of the presence of Jesus.

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Presents flow at Christmas time! We try to find presents that will be useful, meaningful, and a blessing to the one receiving them. We hope the present will be appreciated, enjoyed, and actually used. Nothing beats a thoughtfully selected present that is given in love and is received with gratitude and joy!

Have you ever put a lot of thought into a present for someone and later you find it tucked away in a corner still in the box? To me there is something fundamentally distressing about an unused present or a present that is refused rather than received.

John 1:1-11 (Not the traditional Christmas story but the Christmas story none the less.)

Present Received

John 1:12-13 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become

children of God– children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but

born of God. (NIV)

Present Not Received

John 1:11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

Luke 19:41-44

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.

42 and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes.

43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.

44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, (v 44b) because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you." (NIV)

They did not receive the present that was extended to them.

John 1:11 “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”

Luke 19:44b “…you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

Jesus Wept

As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it. The Greek word klaio (2799) used here for wept suggests the kind of soul wracking, gut wrenching, teeth gritting sobbing.

  • The type of crying that one would do at the death of a family member or friend. (John 11:33, 2799 klaio)
  • Mary Magdalene’s sobs at Jesus’ tomb. (John 20:10-11)
  • Peter’s “bitter” weeping after he denied Jesus and heard the cock crow. (Luke 22:60-62)

· John wept bitterly when he thought that no one could be found worthy to open the scroll of God. (Rev 5:2-5)

Get the Picture?

Jesus wept violently for the people of Jerusalem.

Why? Why did Jesus weep? He wept for the people who would be hurt in this process. Why was this calamity coming upon the city? Luke 19:44b because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you." (NIV)

NEXT STEP: I will write three names on my “Invest and Invite” card that I will invite to our Christmas Weekend services.

This Present Should Be Shared

When you stop and think about it, how did you know that there was a Presence Present waiting for you to receive it? You had to be told by someone else.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (NIV)

Luke 2:8-18

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. (NIV)

They spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.

Present Lost in the Rush of Christmas

It would be odd not to enjoy a present because you are too busy preparing to celebrate the giving of the present.

The message of Christmas is all about the fact that God desired to be in a relationship with us. He knew that the thing we needed most was to be in His Presence. So, He sent us a wonderful Christmas present, which was access to His Presence through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to bring the greatest present of all, the Presence of God, and to reveal to us God’s Glory!

But we can get so busy we miss the Presence of God altogether. God is revealing His Presence and glory to us, but we totally miss it!

Consider the Mary and Martha Story (Luke 10:38-42) (John 11:2)

NEXT STEP: I will slow down and enjoy the Presence of Jesus this Christmas season.

Receive the Present Today

John 4:25-26 (The Message Bible) The woman said, "I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story." "I am he," said Jesus. "You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further."

Presents flow at Christmas time! We try to find presents that will be useful, meaningful, and a blessing to the one receiving them. We hope the present will be appreciated, enjoyed, and actually used. Nothing beats a thoughtfully selected present that is given in love and is received with gratitude and joy!

Have you ever put a lot of thought into a present for someone and later you find it tucked away in a corner still in the box? To me there is something fundamentally distressing about an unused present or a present that is refused rather than received.

Join us at Believers Statesboro Sunday as we continue our Christmas Series, Presents! Come early and enjoy hot apple cider, coffee and just being in His Presence. Sunday night,our adults will come together for a night of Christmas celebration and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you and your family this weekend at Believers!

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2 Corinthians Yellow

                                                                     

Hope you plan on attending One Hour on Wednesday tonight from 7 p.m.- 8 p.m as we are going through 2 Corinthians verse by verse. The Youth will meet in the “Garage” and Believing Kids in the main church building. Make plans to attend tonight and bring your family!

 

Adult Christmas Party 12-11-11

Be sure to purchase your tickets to the Adult Christmas Party on Sunday night. Tonight will be the last night tickets will be on sale.

See Lewey and Joy Adams in the lobby this evening to buy your tickets!

Kid stuff 12-04-11

Parents bring your children of all ages to Kid stuff Sunday night!

It will be a great time together. We are expecting a very special guest! See you here!

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Presents flow at Christmas time! We give presents to those whom we love and appreciate. We try to find presents that will be useful, meaningful, and a blessing to the one receiving them. We hope the present will be appreciated, enjoyed, and actually used. Some people are more difficult to buy for than others. Sometimes, we even give a present more out of a sense of obligation, rather than love and friendship. But, nothing beats a thoughtfully selected present that is given in love and is received with gratitude and joy!

Join us starting this week as we discover the true “Present” of Christmas!