dec   em ber 10


Daily Reflection

matthew 1:20b-23

Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

WHY JESUS CAME: to fulfill the promises of God

Trust. It is what all relationships are built from. At any point a promise is made it must be followed up with action. It must be followed up by completion. If not, the integrity of the relationship is at stake; All vulnerability and transparency would become insecurity and fear.

When the Old Testament was finished it would be 400 years until God would speak again through Jesus and the New Testament writers. 400 years Israel waited for God’s promises to come true; For God to act and complete all that he said. Insecurity and fear developed as people wondered if God had forgotten them. They wondered if they were abandoned to live under the cruelty of Roman authority forever. But they kept up their traditions and retold the stories of old that demonstrated the faithfulness of God. When Jesus finally came, he became the fulfillment of everything God ever said. Trust was restored and the relationship between Israel and God would be forever changed.

This is often how we approach God. We wonder if life will get better or if he really is active in our lives. We wonder how long we must wait for him to come and finish what he started. But the entrance of Jesus into the world means that all things are coming to a close. All sin and evil are dealt with as God patiently waits for the full number of his people to come to faith. God’s faithfulness often feels long because he is slowly redeeming the faithlessness of his people.

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We are collecting baby items for our Impact partner, Life Choices, to give their families expecting new babies, and toys for our Impact partner, Watered Gardens, to use in the Christmas Worth Shop.
Drop off the items at the Christmas impact Station in the lobby or visit the Christmas Impact website to find out more information.

LIFE CHOICES BABY ITEMS:

  • baby outfit (boy or girl)
  • baby socks
  • baby pajamas
  • onesies
  • baby lotion
  • baby powder
  • baby wash / shampoo
  • newborn or size 1 diapers
  • baby wipes
  • diaper rash ointment

WORTH SHOP TOYS
FOR BOYS & GIRLS IN
THESE AGE CATEGORIES:

  • 0-2 year old
  • 3-5 year old
  • 6-8 year old
  • 9-11 year old
  • 12+ year old