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Parenting with Purpose – Psalm 78

by Jim Jamison

Psalm 78:1-14 gives us four principles to follow in parenting with purpose. It also challenges us to be the person that God desires us to become. Parenting is not just about raising children to honor the Lord, it is a process designed to make us more like Christ. You will never learn more about God’s love for us, and what forgiveness is all about than when we take on the role of a parent! As we do so, the first principle that is seen in this passage is found in verse 14 “In the daytime also [God] led [the Israelites} with the cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.” We must begin by learning and teaching our children about God’s greatness. It is our responsibility to teach our children, grandchildren, and our spiritual children of God’s greatness! Psalm 145:3-4 reminds us, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” God is working mightily all around us, we just need spiritual eyes to see those mighty deeds. Pray today, that the LORD will allow you to see and … READ MORE

What are we worshipping – 1 John 2:15

by Jim Jamison

Why are we so tied to this world? Why is it that we live for vacation, and for new stuff? Why do we make things important that eventually will become obsolete? Romans 1:25 says, “[they] changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator …” We struggle because sin has such a hold on us and this world. We exalt what is temporary and neglect the things that are eternal. In our society, pleasure is more important than people. It leads us to a question to ponder this morning. What are we living for? 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world, if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” It is not a sin to enjoy a vacation or a new “toy” but it is a sin when that becomes the thing that we are living for. We are commissioned by God to Love Him, and love others, that is truly the only way that we find satisfaction and contentment in our lives. What are you living for?… READ MORE

A Peculaiar Visit – Luke 1:26-38

by Jim Jamison

Christmas is arguably the most widely celebrated f all the world’s holidays, involving more people and nations than any other.  But at the same time, it is perhaps the most misunderstood of all our major holidays.  Christmas honors a divine person and remembers a divine event; it does not celebrate human achievement, but divine accomplishment.  Crowed shopping malls, office parties, alcohol consumption, gift giving, holiday decorations, and family get-togethers do not reflect the true meaning of Christmas.  There is noting man-made about the Christmas story.  It is the most miraculous, compelling narrative in history.  As the Holy Spirit relates the dramatic story of Jesus’ birth.  Those who truly celebrate Christmas do so by remembering the profound reality tat God sent His only Begotten Son to die for the sins of all who put their faith in Him.  Join us this Sunday, December 24 at 10:30 am as we explore Luke 1:26-38 as we are reminded of the preparation for the first Christmas!… READ MORE