Sunday to Monday | Christmas is for Cousins

On Sunday, Pastor Dave’s sermon was entitled “Mary & Elizabeth Extended Family Christmas.” The text was from: Luke 1:36, 39-45; Ecclesiastes 4:9,10Genesis 2:18 and Jeremiah 33:3.

Following are some questions to help you reflect on Sunday’s message:

• What have you decided you are too old to try? (Luke 1:36) Does God agree?

• Do you have a blood relative who has served as mentor to you?  (Luke 1:36) Have you thanked God? If possible have you thanked the person?

• When did you last “leap for joy?” (Luke 1:41, 44)

• Has God blessed you with family that goes beyond bloodlines whom you can turn to in times of challenge and joy, for support and companionship?

• Let us each pray that the Christ child leaps for joy in our spiritual wombs this Christmas. “One virgin birth is not enough.” Leonard Sweet.

Now, try this exercise developed by Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts:

1. Name the last five winners of the Miss American contest.
2. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
3. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How’d you do? Now try these…

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated.
5. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

The lesson of Peanuts’ creator Charles Schultz is this:  The people who make a difference in your life, the people with the greatest power in your life, are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They were the ones that care.  They’re the ones that love you the most.  They are the ones that empower you.

Those who empower will always have more influence on the world, and on your life, than those who have power-over.  Those empowered by righteousness move along the paths of the world’s powerful with a different gait, a distinctive measure to their tread.

But beware.  The empowered often appear in surprising and unexpected form. Have a great week!

Click here for Practicing Faith at Home Sheet for ideas to use at home using yesterday's worship theme to Love God, Love People and Serve the World this week.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Julianne wrote:
Hey no problem we utredsnand being busy! We were just talking about those pictures and can't wait to see them! We will buy some from you cuz we know we are going to love the ones that you took of us outside on 16th street that night! Hope to see them soon! ~Meghan

Sat, April 14, 2012 @ 9:11 PM

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