A huge THANK YOU to all who participated in our Living Nativity. We had over 1000 people come through- most for the 1st time. Julia Berryman, who was at the end when people finished told us that many people had tears in their eyes as they saw the life of Christ portrayed before them. Several asked for prayer. Dave Christian told me a friend of his, a leader from Stockton Rescue Mission, was driving by and saw it and decided to drive through. He was very touched by the message and then realized that this was Dave's church. When Dave came Tuesday to lead worship, his friend told him and everyone there how God touched his heart. You never know the far-reaching effects of this ministry. How many accepted Jesus we will never know but we do know lives have been touched and hopefully changed forever because of your faithfulness in helping proclaim the message of Hope and Love this Christmas. Thank you.
It is unbelievable that 2018 is here. It is also exciting because 2018 is one year closer to Jesus coming back. Is Jesus' 2nd advent coming this year? Are you and your loved ones ready? Jesus said He will come back as a thief in the night. He will come when we least expect it. Our world is in a state of unexpectancy-it may be this year.
While we wait there is much to do. One is staying in the word of God. You can't know what is going on unless you read the playbook (Bible). Each year we encourage our church to read through the Bible in a year. It is a great way to get an overview of God's greatness. For the Christian, when you get to heaven you will want to go knowing you read God's love letter to you. Those of you who started and stopped last year- pick up where you stopped and start there. The goal is to read the entire Bible and then focus on the parts that God leads you to dig into and apply to your current situation.
Some of you may want to memorize a plan to lead someone to Christ. There are many. One that I use revolves around these verses; Rom 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10,13; John 3:16; 1 John 5:12-13. Memorize these and share them with someone who needs Christ. God will direct you to do some awesome things this year-say yes!
See you Sunday,
Dave Woodman will be sharing his testimony on January 21st. Dave, Joy and the kids were members here until they moved to the Modesto area. Dave was in a horrible motorcycle accident, lost part of his leg and was in the hospital for months. After 20+ surgeries, God's grace was poured out on Dave and he wants everyone to know what God has done in his life and what God has taught him through this adventure. You will be very encouraged as you go through difficult times in your life.