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Archive for the month “December, 2016”

Daily Prayer Guide

Read and pray in preparation and waiting for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

John 3:16  New International Version (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Sermon Outline, January 1, 2017, “Wisdom for the New Year”

Wisdom for the New Year

Ecclesiastes 1:1       The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Ecclesiastes 7:8       The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

 

Introduction:

          What the teacher wants to teach us about is Time and Time’s Passing.

 

The conclusion of everything is just as inevitable as its beginning.

          Look at the temporal nature of all things.

 

The conclusion of anything is more important than its beginning.

Look at what is truly important.

 

The conclusion of some things is more important than continuing.

Look for what is really working.

Daily Prayer Guide

Read and pray in preparation and waiting for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

Luke 2:39-40  New International Version (NIV)

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

Helping to Make Wilson’s Story Possible

During 2010-2012 when our missionaries in Kenya, Shawn and Kristin Redford, were focused on training African national church leaders to become the next generation of missionaries for Africa, TCCC sent missions funds to provide partial scholarships for several young men at Africa International University (AIU). These men who grew up in remote villages, herding cattle and goats, had a strong desire for training and reaching others for Christ. They balanced family life, AIU studies, full or part-time jobs, and service in their churches. One of the men, Kutinkala Wilson, graduated from AIU in July 2016 with a degree in Theology and now teaches at a Bible College in Narok and at Community Christian Church’s Bible Training Institute. He serves as pastor of the Isinon Christian Church in Maasailand, and is chair of Community Christian Mission Agency. The following excerpt is from a recent “thank-you letter” from Kutinkala Wilson to TCCC for the scholarship funds.

Friends: I am Kutinkala Meingati Wilson, a beneficiary of scholarship funds… May you be abundantly blessed. What amazes me most is “how a person can choose to invest (donate) for someone you don’t know.” This is faith in practice, obedience to God and ministry to the world… Friends, I therefore pass gratitude to the people who tirelessly and consistently donated toward us through CMF International… I have not had lack pertaining to my tuition fees for my studies at AIU because you donated and CMF made sure it was spent for the right purpose.
Finally, let my achievement be your joy and my development your seed and the positive impact among the generations to come be glory to God now and forever more. I am hopeful to be a positive influence as your prayers were. Roseline (my wife), our children and I appreciate a lot your generous support to us. May you all be blessed in the name of Jesus. Thanks all.

Kutinkala Meingati Wilson

And, imagine how many more will now come to follow Christ as a result!

Daily Prayer Guide

Read and pray in preparation and waiting for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

Luke 2:36-38  New International Version (NIV)

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[a] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Student Ministry Update

The Student Ministry is working full steam ahead to plan out the next year with purpose. Some of those things include planning our summer mission trips, winter and spring retreats, and other fun outings. Be sure to check out our student ministry calendar of events. We plan to have some fun events for students over the holidays.
Communication is a big key for our Student Ministry and I want to make sure parents and students know what we are doing at all times. It is my goal to make sure we have plenty of avenues for you all to know what we are doing. Just a few of those ways we plan to keep parents in the loop are through social media, the church app, a new text messaging service just for Student Ministry, as well as the old fashion paper calendars.
I want to highlight one great opportunity for Middle School Students coming up this winter. The Middle School ministry is planning on taking Students to CIY Believe. It will be in Louisville the first weekend in February. Make sure your middle schooler is signed up for this event. You can grab an info pack from the Middle School room that has all the details and answers any questions you might have.
If I have not met you or your student yet, I would love to get together and connect with you!

Geoff Lawson

Daily Prayer Guide

Read and pray in preparation and waiting for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

Luke 2:21-35  New International Version (NIV)

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Daily Prayer Guide

Read and pray in preparation and waiting for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

Matthew 2:1-2New International Version (NIV)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

The Wonder – Micah 5:2 & Isaiah 53

On December 25th, we Christians again joyfully celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, the promised Messiah, foretold by the Old Testament prophets.  Since Jesus’ humble arrival in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem over 2000 years ago, Christians have been remembering the Jesus coming into the world into the world following his immaculate conception in his mother’s womb by the Holy Spirit of God, the Father. Incredibly, God’s plan for Jesus to come into the world as a newborn baby and to grow into maturity as a simple Nazarene carpenter trained by his earthly father Joseph. However, at age 30, Jesus began his fateful 3 year ministry that would seemingly end with his death on a Roman cross in Jerusalem. Amazingly, through the power of God, he was physically resurrected 3 days later and appeared to, ate with, and was touched by his disciples, and other followers.  The Apostle Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians that his resurrection was witnessed by over 500 Christian followers over a period of 40 days before ascending to heaven to return to His Father God. Many of those witnesses would go on to die a martyr’s death rather than to deny what they had witnessed.

The revelation of God’s plan for our salvation is full of many wonders.  Perhaps the first of those is that God revealed His Son’s humble birth through his prophets 700 years previously, including specifics in their prophecies that accurately predicted the coming of the Messiah. Micah, Chapter 5: 2 records that “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will rule over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times”.  What Micah was predicting was that the promised eternal King in David’s line, who would come to live as a man, had been alive forever, ‘from of old, of ancient times’.  The prophet Isaiah, a contemporary of Micah,  in his chapter 53 details that indeed Jesus would be a suffering servant. Indeed, the ultimate “wonder” in Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection is that God loved us enough to prepare a plan of salvation for those who would believe in Jesus’ divinity that would require His Son to suffer and die as an atonement of the sins of the world.

Ed Hall

Daily Prayer Guide

Read and pray in preparation and waiting for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

Luke 2:1-20  New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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