How many of us received a gift card for Christmas? I read a report recently which stated that the typical American home has an average of $300 in unused or unredeemed gift cards. Over the last seven years, it’s estimated that more than $41 billion in gift cards have gone unused.
It’s one thing to have a gift card. It’s another thing to use it. The coming of Jesus has brought so many gifts. One those gifts is the opportunity to make a change. Did you know that repentance (change) is a gift?
In Acts 5:31, Peter is preaching and says this of Jesus: “God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring . . . repentance . . . .”
Later in Acts 11:18, Peter preached that God had granted even the Gentiles life-giving repentance.
The week in between Christmas and New Year’s Day can be sacred space for reflection on the past year, confession, and some intentionality toward 2018. I’m looking forward to spending some time in worship and reflection in our services this coming Sunday morn, December 31st!
(Remember no Thursday night service tonight, it returns next Thursday night!)
FINDING A PLAN THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Let me encourage you to spend a few minutes between now and January 1st finding a plan for reading and reflecting on Scripture for a few minutes each day. There are so many options that can be found at https://www.youversion.com/ -- a simple, ad-free way to bring the Word of God to you every day.
PRESENT: LEARNING TO BE WHERE YOU ARE
Our short series exploring the relationship between technology, faith, and the quality of our lives as followers of Jesus kicks off the first weekend in January! This would be a great series for us to invite our friends to.
YEAR-END GIVING OPPORTUNITY
If you would like to make a year-end gift to the work of The Branch or want to plan for regular giving to the mission of God here in 2018, you may do so by going here.
Thanking God for an incredible 2017 with you, and looking forward to 2018!
Grace and Peace,
Posted on Thu, December 28, 2017
by Chris Seidman