What’s up with our upcoming series “Christmas at the Movies”? I look forward to this Sunday and the beginning of this exciting new series. Each Sunday we’ll check out a few clips from a Hollywood Christmas blockbuster, and pull out the timeless Biblical truths and apply them to our lives.
As you read the gospels you find Jesus, the master teacher, loved a good story. In fact telling parables was his favorite way of teaching. In Mark 4:34 it says of Jesus, “In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables…” Jesus knew the power of a story. Like a great song, a story bypasses people’s defenses and touches their heart. Great stories change lives, that’s why most of the Bible is in story form.
What is this Sunday’s movie? This Sunday we’ll look at the spiritual truths in, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It starts with George Bailey on a bridge on Christmas Eve about to end his life. Many at Christmas time are searching for hope. Do you have any friends, neighbors, or relatives that could use a dose of hope?
Invite them this Sunday! Simply call and say, “My pastor is going to preach on the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Would you come and check this out with me?”
How can I invite my friends using Facebook? Visit the Victory’s Crossing Facebook page. On there you will see a picture invitation for our series. Underneath the picture is a button called “share.” Just click that button and share the invite with your friends. You could be giving someone the greatest Christmas gift ever.
What’s up with the land? Honestly, I have never been more encouraged about our future home than I am right now. When God is in something he just sends the needed resources. Each blessing over 2015 has been like a needed link in a chain – our site plan donated, survey work almost completed, and now the breakthrough idea of repurposing our existing barns for worship space.
As of today, the surveying work is more than half way completed. The Site Plan work is scheduled to be completed by end of December, and ready to submit. The good folks from Whitener and Jackson are now working on a quote for the barn and house project. Let’s continue to pray and believe. God is not limited by the size of our dream, only by the lack of our faith. Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “”Because of your faith, it will happen.”
How can I contribute to the “Heart for the House” special offering? On Sunday, December 20th we will have a special, year end offering. 10% of whatever is donated will be given away to ministries outside our church – a local ministry to rescue those trapped in sex trafficking , and a mission in Sierra Leone giving bags of rice to widows at Christmas (Rabonni Missions International – Pastor Gregory and Agnus Bangura).
The remainder will be used to help VC finish 2015 strong and ready to start 2016. Has God blessed you and your family through your local church? If so, bring your biggest and best offering to say thanks for all the Lord has done.
Do I have to keep playing the same old kids Christmas song in the car? Yes! Please keep the tune rolling each time you and the kids get in the car. Remember, they will sing on Sunday, December 20th and for our special Christmas Eve service.
Can I come to the Christmas party? I want to personally invite you and your family to join us for our Christmas party on Sunday, December 20th after service. It’s potluck, so bring your favorite dish. We’ll provide the drinks, plates, utensils and desserts. We will also have a crazy gift exchange for all ages. Wendy and I would enjoy hanging out with you as we close out 2015 to celebrate all the Lord has done.
VC will not have a Sunday service on December 27th. I want to give all our hardworking volunteers a break during the holidays. After all, we will be doing a ton to get ready for our special Christmas Eve service.
There will be a special holiday message you can watch online with the family. I hope you’ll take advantage of this moment to have a service of worship in your home with those you love.
We’ll be back and raring to go on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016.
I’m so thankful to be your pastor!