Saturday, January 9
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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If you turn to Hebrews 11:1, you will find a great definition for the word faith:
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (NKJV).
The writer of Hebrews goes on to share the names of a host of Bible saints who lived by faith. We call this the Hall of Faith.
I enjoy reading this list, and then thinking about the faith stories of other Christians. I have been at City View for only a short time; but in this time, I have heard many stories of people from City View’s past. I can also think of a few who have recently gone to be with the Lord; they too could join this Hall of Faith. If you pause, you will also remember some of these faith heroes. Is it not wonderful to think how God used men and women for His purposes?
My hope, as the Lord tarries, is that every believer who comes through City View would demonstrate great faith for the glory of God. And because that is my hope, I want to encourage us in this New Year with God’s Word found in Hebrews 12. After describing the faith of men and women down through history, the writer of Hebrews calls us (his readers) to the same faith:
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV).
In 2016, let us be these men and women of faith. Let us keep our eyes of Christ Jesus. Let us make a difference in our homes, our church, and our world. Let us make a difference for the Kingdom of Christ to the praise of God the Father.
We thank you for your kindness, love, and prayers as we grieve for wife and mother, Candi Clem (Dec 2015).
As I was out and about the Christmas season, I watched people – lost people. I saw people who are overwhelmed by their emotions and loneliness, hoping that Christmas itself will rekindle some hope in their heart. I also saw families trying to capture the most of some kind of magical, mystical moments of Christmas. And then, there were some who saw the less fortunate and were moved to help them. Don’t get me wrong, it is always good to help people.
Sadly, in all three categories, these people have forgot about the Christ of Christ-mas. Instead they hope in and rejoice in and even believe themselves to be moved by something people often refer to as “the Christmas spirit.” Perhaps you have ingested too many of the Christmas songs and stories and find yourself kind of believing in a “Christmas spirit.”
Sure, I believe we should have a particular “attitude of giving and helping” at Christmas. But it is not a magical, mystical spirit pervading the season. Our compassion and joy should flow because of Christ Jesus. Christmas is about Him. The angel came and said to the shepherds,
Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).
They shall call His name Immanuel … God with us (Matthew 1:23).
God came as a man, and He came to save us from our sin. We should not be inspired by lights, smells, spices, and warm Christmas music with lots of friends and family. We should instead thrill ourselves with Jesus. He is the hope for the lonely. He is the truth and salvation for each person. He is the reason we give ourselves and serve others at Christmas. And really this love and not magic but grace should continue everyday all year long.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
The winter semester Ladies’ Bible Study begins next week, using as a tool Priscilla Shirer’s work, The Armor of God. If you haven’t signed up yet, please contact Ms. Joan C.
We are going to try something new this year. Much like our Advent devotional a year ago, we are going to put together a devotional to be used at Easter. Please see me or Ms. Joan C. to help write for this “in-house” devotional.
Once again, we will be partnering with the wonderful doctors and staff of Wallace Mobile Healthcare to spread the Gospel and to meet healthcare concerns for people in our community. The clinic will be held on Saturday, January 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bring in your clean, winter coats and apparel that you aren’t currently using before January 9.
We will give them away at the free healthcare clinic.