Monday Meditations, December 18, 2017

Jingle Bell Beach!

Sunday morning finally arrived and our children’s ministries presented Jingle Bell Beach! They put on a great performance with the cute factor in multiples! It is one of my favorite times of the year, to be able to sit, watch and listen to our children sing, act and dance. It’s hard to describe the warm, thankful feeling that I experience. We know these children and their families. When they come running to greet me with hugs and kisses, I’m grateful all again to be their pastor.

Becky, followed up with an excellent message of hope and encouragement about parenting and the role of the body of Christ in supporting families. The “golden moment” according to Pastor Mark, was when she called Charlie up to the platform to illustrate child like faith that Jesus taught us about. When he was called Charlie ran and jumped in her arms. Well, you’ll have to watch the video. It will be posted on line later this week.

I’m very grateful to the Timber Ridge team for teaching and rehearsing the children for the production and to all of the parents who helped their children learn their lines. Our children at Woodland are learning the true meaning of Christmas from you.

Praying for Others’ Health

After the first service, I was praying with one of our men. It was moment of experiencing God’s power and presence. When I opened my eyes, several men had gathered around him and agreed in prayer with me. Nothing is impossible when men agree together in prayer!

Amtrak Train Derailment in Washington State

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of the train derailment on it’s inaugural run this morning in Washington. After a great start to the day, when someone stepped into the sanctuary to tell me about the tragedy, my heart just sank. We never know what a day may bring. It’s a reminder once again to share the Good News of Jesus daily.

The Case for Christmas!

This weekend we are giving a copy of Lee Strobel’s book “The Case for Christmas” to each family. It’s an excellent book by one of my favorite authors.

Star Wars!

I won’t give any of the story line away, but I really enjoyed watching the movie with a group of students from Woodland on opening day. In my opinion the movie departed from the story line, but there was enough there to make it entertaining and enjoyable. Of course when you talk to the students they can give you act by act their evaluation. Fun!

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