Posts from December 2013

I Didn’t Do It – And You Can’t Prove It If I Did

“Life unravels the way it does, and it has an effect on you, but you have to take responsibility for dealing with it.” – Shania Twain Think back over the past year.  Do you have regrets?  Issues you haven’t made progress with?  Things you want to do better?  Habits you want to make or break?  We all do.  Certainly, you can’t change…

Fighting the Post-Christmas Blahs

  “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens Christmas is over already?!?  For the last several weeks, Jesus has been symbolized everywhere from the evergreen trees covered with lights and candy canes to loads of presents that remind us of the greatest gift ever given – our redemption in the form…

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Ahhh, it’s finally Christmas when everyone gathers with peace, unselfish love and good will toward all.  Maybe take a deep breath and just enjoy the moment before Cousin Sid tries to tackle you or Great Aunt Bea tells you the TMI story of her gall bladder removal for the twentieth time.  Will children be endlessly running and screaming around the house?  Will…

When Christmas Isn’t Merry

  You might as well be the Grinch.  Well-meaning friends tell you to “Cheer up!” and you have to fight the urge to strangle them.  They don’t get it.  Maybe you lost a grandparent this year or you just received word that sent your dreams or self-esteem spinning right down the toilet.  Perhaps this is the first year your parents aren’t together…

Receiving

In yesterday’s Living it Out we discussed the gift of eternal life, which comes through grace by faith in Christ Jesus. It is by faith in Jesus alone that you are saved as scripture says.   Now this gift of eternal life is out there for ANYONE who would receive it. But that’s the thing about the gift; YOU have to receive…

Giving

Yesterday we reviewed the Christmas service, you talked about how you guys gave your money in an offering to share Christ’s love with a family who was not going to be able to have a Christmas for their children.   Knowing that you contributed to a cause that helps someone in a tough time fills you up, you feel good about what…

Pizza-Stained Ugly Christmas Sweater

What an amazing night last night was.   Never have there ever been more pizza stained Christmas sweaters in one room.   We had over 600 people at the Student Ministries Christmas Party with 1200 slices of pizza and a heck of a lot of ugly Christmas sweaters     More importantly, YOU raised almost $800 for a family in need this…

CHRISTMAS SERVICE/CHRISTMAS MOVIE COUNTDOWN #1

With 1 DAY LEFT until the Student Ministries Christmas Service, countdown with us as we cover the list of the top 10 Christmas Movies of ALL TIME.  Give us feedback, do you agree, do you disagree? Join us Monday, December 16th, 7pm at the South Toledo Campus (click for directions) for FREE food, fun, music, prizes, and SNOW.   #10. Arthur Christmas #9. A…

CHRISTMAS SERVICE/CHRISTMAS MOVIE COUNTDOWN #2

With 2 days left until the Student Ministries Christmas Service, countdown with us as we cover the list of the top 10 Christmas Movies of ALL TIME.  Give us feedback, do you agree, do you disagree? Join us Monday, December 16th, 7pm at the South Toledo Campus (click for directions) for FREE food, fun, music, prizes, and SNOW.   #10. Arthur Christmas #9. A…

CHRISTMAS SERVICE/CHRISTMAS MOVIE COUNTDOWN #3

With 3 days left until the Student Ministries Christmas Service, countdown with us as we cover the list of the top 10 Christmas Movies of ALL TIME.  Give us feedback, do you agree, do you disagree? Join us Monday, December 16th, 7pm at the South Toledo Campus (click for directions) for FREE food, fun, music, prizes, and SNOW.   #10. Arthur Christmas #9. A…