Christmas is… unity! (December 16th)

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Matthew 2:1-2, 9-10 (NLT)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time
some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come
to worship him.”
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east
guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the
child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!

1.Under God’s desires

John 1:3 NLT
God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.

John 1:13 NLT
They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a
birth that comes from God.

2. Through the Holy Spirit

John 3:3-5 NLT
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom
of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his
mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.

John 1:12 NLT
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

3.Under the star called Jesus

Christmas is… A party! (December 9th)

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Luke 2:10-13a
The angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God.

1. Who can take part?
Everyone!

2. The Drinks at the Party – the Wine Called Forgiveness

Mark 14:24
And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.

Luke‬ ‭22:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬
He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

3. The Meal at the party-the Bread called the Best Life

Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭TLV
For I know the plans that I have in mind for you,” declares ADONAI, “plans for shalom and not calamity—to give you a future and a hope.

Luke‬ ‭2:13-14‬ ‭TLV
And suddenly a multitude of heavenly armies appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth shalom to men of good will.”

Let’s party together (December 2nd)

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Luke 15:25-31 (NLT)

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’
28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’
31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours.

1. Let’s seriously enjoy life
Luke 15:25 (NLT)
“Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house,

Matthew 19:14 (NLT)
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

2.The standard for celebration

Luke 15:29-30 (NLT)
but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

3. The best news

Luke 15:31 (NLT)
“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours.

Isaiah 7:14b (NLT)
Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

Dream Again! (November 18th)

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John 21:1-3 (NLT)
Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it
happened. 2 Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the
Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.
3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”
“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all
night.

John 21:14-15
This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from
the dead.
15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more
than these?[a]”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

1. With the identity Jesus gives

Luke 5:8 (NLT)
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and
said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”

John 1:42
Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your
name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

2. With the calling that Jesus gives

Matthew 4:18-19
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two
brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they
fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how
to fish for people!”

3. Give it up, then receive

Matthew 11:28-30
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I
will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and
gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and
the burden I give you is light.”