Advent II

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During our second week of Advent, we looked at the story of Gabriel and Mary. Looking at this story and indeed looking at the story of the Bible, we see a God who speaks and interacts with ordinary humans. Therein lies our hope - we serve a God who loves to speak with the weak, the lonely and the seemingly unimportant (Luke 1:26-38).

Advent I

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We began Advent by looking at God's faithfulness to keep His promises. God's promise ignites hope. The fulfillment of the promise grants joy.  During advent we are reminded that our hope and joy are based primarily on His faithfulness to fulfill all of His promises (1 Thessalonians 5:24; Luke 4:16-21; Luke 1:5-24). 

Peace

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We continued to look at Romans 14:17 this week specifically talking about peace. The good news of God's kingdom is that the fruit of Jesus' rule is peace with God, peace with one another and peace with the future (Romans 14:17; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14-17; John 14:19; John 14:27: John 16:33). 

Righteousness

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For the next three weeks we are going to be looking at Romans 14:17 where Paul explains what the kingdom of God is like - righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Today we looked at righteousness which relates to our standing before God and also how we treat one another in the Body of Christ (Romans 14:17; Genesis 18:19; Jeremiah 9:23; Jeremiah 22:3: John 15:9-12). 

Courage to Start, Encouragement to Finish

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Today we here from Joshua Sorrows, former Normandy Elder and current pastor of Crow Hill Bible Church in Bailey, Colorado.  Joshua shares from Deuteronomy 31:1-8 about God's purpose for the space between prophetic promise and fulfillment.  God has never changed.  His promise of assurance, encouragement, and comfort to Moses and Joshua are the same for us today: I am with you.  Be strong and courageous.  I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Commune

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This week we looked at God's heart to commune with His people. When we meet with Him it is always for a purpose - to know Him, receive from Him, and see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 3:13-7;  4:17; 6:9; 10:5-9; 2 Corinthians 13:14).