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Being Thankful During the Holiday Season

Sunday Worship Notes from December 6, 2020

What are you thankful for this Holiday Season and why?

Read  Matthew 27:27-61

  • In some countries, the Thanksgiving Holiday may not be celebrated, however, there are many things we should be thankful for in spite of what may be going on in the world right now.
  • Jesus is the real reason to be thankful each day. Because Jesus sacrificed his life for us, we are able to have a relationship with God and be saved. He makes it possible for us to even exist. 
  • Jesus’ death and resurrection gives us reassurance that God is still listening and dependable even during trying times. 
  • We can turn to God’s word and seek help during hard times because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
  • When we get everything we want and everything goes “well” in our lives, it is easy to be ungrateful and forget about God. 
  • True testing comes when things are hard and we decide to continue to talk to God and seek out a relationship with Him and be grateful.
  • Jesus will guide us through our trials no matter what, if we let Him
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Word Becomes Flesh



The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭14‬ HCSB)

The suburban group recently discussed Jesus' words and the power they can have in our lives. Much more powerful than any positive article we may read in the paper or any great philosopher's writings, the words of Jesus are transformative and give life; they are the very words of God.  God's word can't just be a source of do's and don'ts; it should dwell within us, be a part of us.  Jesus came to show us that God ultimately wants each of us to be His temple, a place for His Holy Spirit to dwell (1 Corinthians 3:16).  When we choose to follow Jesus, it is his word (along with the constant guidance of the Holy Spirit for those disciples who have accepted the message of Jesus and are baptized) that can continue to effect change in our lives and, God willing, bring others to Christ.

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The Faith of a Military Man: Luke 7:1-10

Synagogue at Capernaum

Remains of a 4th c. AD Synagogue Built on the Site of Original 1st Century Synagogue Built by Roman Centurion

Luke 7:1-10

Jesus was amazed at this man's faith. He had more faith than all of Israel during Jesus' time.

Would Jesus be able to say the same about anyone in your church? Why or why not?

Where does faith come from?

What evidence is there in the text to support Jesus' statement about the centurion?

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