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Archive: Will You Shine In This New Year - Observer Message - January 2012

Sola Deo Gloria

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. (Phil. 2:12-18)

What Paul is trying to tell us in this message to the Christians who lived in Philadelphia is that we are called on to live in a new and different way! A “new and different” way? “New” and “different” from what?

Archive: Christmas and New Year's Worship Services at St. John's

December 11th at 10:30am
 - Sunday School Children's Christmas Singing
December 18th at 10:30am
 - Children's Service - Preschool through 2nd Grade
December 24th at 6:00pm
Children's Service - 3rd through 8th Grades
December 24th at 8:00pm
 - Candlelight Service
December 25th at 9:00am
 - Christmas Day Service

December 31st at 6pm
 - New Year's Eve Service with Communion
January 1st at 9:00am
 - New Year's Day Teen Service with Communion

Archive: Home for Christmas - Observer Message - December 2011

"And everyone went to his own town…" (Luke 2:3).

Getting home for Christmas is pretty important to a lot of people. It‘s a tradition we have all but immortalized. Our hearts go out to those who for some reason or another cannot get home for Christmas. Some have to work, others are sick, still others can‘t afford it. Parents have died, a marriage has broken and the family split apart, or family members are institutionalized.

We hope that you will make it home for Christmas, that you will be where you want to be, and with the people you want to be with. If this is not possible, and in many cases it will not be possible, it does not mean that your Christmas or that of your loved ones will be ruined. As a pastor, I have never been to my home (where I grew up) for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. It is a part of my job to be at my church where I am a pastor. We just celebrate together as a family after December 25th. Being home for Christmas does not depend on being with certain people in a certain place (my son, Darin, is in China). Home is where Christ is and when we have Christ, we are home for Christmas no matter where we are.

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