Anxiety, pride, and entitlement are the great thanks-eaters of our generation. A spirit of gratitude wars against all three. Let’s go to war this week. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
My gratitude continues to be overwhelming for how so many have sought the Lord and have responded to our Beyond Me effort (http://www.thebranchchurch.org/beyond-me). I’m also thankful for so many on both campuses who helped to provide Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of impoverished households in our area last Saturday!
COMING IN DECEMBER – “CHRISTMASTIME”
Now’s a golden time for us to be inviting someone to join us at The Branch in December. Every December I do a series in light of the season to help turn hearts toward the Christ at the center of Christmas. This year’s series would be an ideal one to share, so bring a friend with you to The Branch. The coming of Christ has the power to change how we relate to our past, our present, and our future. You’ll never hear the word “Christmastime” in the same way again.
COMING IN JANUARY – “PRESENT: BEING WHERE YOU ARE”
We’ll kick off 2018 with a short series on the challenges and importance of learning to “be where you are.” Specifically, we’ll be exploring our relationship with technology and smart devices. What do these things have to do with our lives as Jesus-followers? More than most realize. On top of this, it’s possible that the most frequent question I’ve been asked in the last year by others in our church concerns our kids’ relationship with technology and smart devices. I’m looking forward to unpacking some of this in January with you!
Don’t forget that, in light of Thanksgiving, we won’t have Thursday night service at the VR Campus this week. It’ll return to action the following week on Thursday, November 30th.
Grace and Peace,