What would you say if I told you that 2013 can be a year in which God will use you like never before?
Maybe you've never thought of yourself as being usable by God--but the fact is, there are things that He wants to do, right here in Southern Maine, through you. And there is nothing about you that disqualifies you from being a conduit of His love and power.
But there is one thing you can do to make yourself available to the God who wants to use you in 2013, and you'll find out what it is if you join us this Sunday at White Pine.
There comes a point in all of our lives when it dawns on us that Jesus is Someone we have to reckon with. And what with we do in response to that realization reveals a lot about us.
This Sunday at White Pine, we're going to observe how three different groups of people responded to the news of the arrival of Jesus Christ--and watching them is going to be like looking in a mirror, because there is a little bit of each of us in all of them.
If you want see yourself as you really are, and be who you want to be when you worship the newborn King on Christmas Eve, join us as we study Matthew 2:1-18.
If you've ever watched a children's Christmas play, you know that the stage gets awfully crowded. Even though it's the story of the birth of Jesus, the supporting cast is huge. Joseph and Mary. Shepherds. Wise men. An innkeeper. Camels, donkeys and sheep. Maybe even a little drummer boy. Everyone has a role to play.
The same is true in the biblical accounts of Christ's birth. Jesus is in the spotlight, of course, but there are many other characters on stage. And they matter; the story wouldn't be the same without them.
You and I are also part of the story--and if we learn the lessons that the people surrounding baby Jesus teach us, our lives will contribute to HIStory in a significant way. So for the next three weeks, we're going to learn, from the supporting cast, how to play our part in a way that makes our Audience of One stand and cheer.
In the midst of the challenges of life, we hope you will experience true joy this Christmas season. If you're looking for a place to celebrate with your friends and family, we invite you to make our Community Christmas Eve service part of your holiday tradition. Join us on December 24 at 4 p.m. at Greely Middle School.
"Never doubt in the dark what God showed you in the light."
Ever heard that before? It's great advice that's oh-so-hard to take. Dark circumstances can make encouraging truths invisible. In this message Greg Sidders shines a flashlight on Romans 8:28-39, a wonderful passage that tells us exactly what we need to remember when we find ourselves in a dark night of the soul.