The hands & feet of the Body of Christ at South Church. The horizontal mission of the Church must be rooted in vertical love & knowledge of the Lord. As Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Restore families seek to live out what is learned through Proclaim & Sustain.
Followers of Jesus, linked in arms, facing outward: growing in Truth, living on mission, sharing life together.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).
This December, God has brought our men into a season of affliction and prayer. We pray for our families and loved ones. We lift up our parents and children. We pray for Blake's parents for health. We pray for John Michon's speedy recovery. We pray for Mike Cox's children and grand-children. We pray for Jerome and his family. We bow down to God in humble submission for more of His daily grace. We confess our sin. We repent of our doubt, unbelief, and indifference. We receive God's empowering grace.
God, make us men of action. God, help us to reject passivity. God, give us men who will step up and lead. God, grant us men who will bend down to help. God, make us men who will equip the next generation. God, raise up more men to proclaim Your glorious gospel. Amen.
'Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.' (Matthew 1:18-25).
Can you believe it is already Thanksgiving? Wow, time sure flies! As I get older, time seems to go by quicker. So, what about you? Are you ready for the winter Holy Days? Are you going to observe Advent this December? Are you going to keep any kind of sacred calendar? Let's make sure this season does not pass by without us carving out some time to commune with our Lord Jesus Christ and our loving Heavenly Father. Let's encourage each other to be doing the http://www.Know.Gd daily Bible reading and praying attentively this Advent season. Let also encourage each other to set aside some family time to re-tell the gospel story of the Incarnation of Christ and the amazing salvation that we have through Jesus Christ. How about you? Do you have a plan for the winter Holy Days? If not, reflect for a moment ... Pray that God will draw you deeper into the gospel depths and breadths of His grace through faith in our Lord Jesus. Make a plan now ... for a great holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!