Pastor Allen begins his Advent Season series concerning great beginnings and great endings. Christmas celebrates a remarkable beginning – the amazing step of God toward humanity. Scripture says that when the time was just right, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem us – to purchase us back and change the course of human destiny. The Christmas celebration, however, would never have endured as it has across the centuries, through all the cultures, empires, and political regimes that have come and gone, if it were not for the way Jesus ended His life. Jesus’ redemptive work - his death, burial, and resurrection – makes His birth story even more dramatic; and there is a parallel in our own lives, especially seen through the lives of the Apostles. We want miraculous beginnings to our spiritual journey, but need transformational endings as well. This message considers the journey of Jesus’ disciple, Thomas – a man who was zealous for Jesus’ pathway but plummeted into hopelessness when that path met the cross. After Jesus’ resurrection, He extended a special invitation to Thomas, which transformed his faith and led him to an amazing spiritual ending. Opportunities always avail for new beginnings in our lives – considering our ending will help us maintain the momentum to miraculous beginnings.

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