November 26 2018

I hope that yesterday was a great worship experience for all that attended.

For the Christmas season, I want to concentrate on disappointment. This season causes all kinds of emotions to arise that are not as prevalent the rest of the year. Families that don’t get along, but have to be together. Families that don’t get along that choose to not endure the pain of being together. The positive emotions of happy times with family and friends.

For this first week, let’s talk about the word endurance. We are in a series right now out of the book of James. Look at the last part of the verse 1:3. All of verse 2 working together causes endurance. Verse 4 explains what the result of true endurance causes.

What causes us to basically say, “I give up, this is not worth it?” How far does disappointment have to invade in a certain area that we “throw in the towel?” I have found that it all comes down to importance of the particular situation.

Many years ago, a friend of mine said to me some words that literally changed my thinking of people in my life. He challenged me to decide who I was supposed to have in my life and who I needed to let go of forever. On one hand, that was scary. On the other hand, that was freeing. We were talking about one person specifically in this conversation. The day that I decided to say I will endure the feelings of judgment, of disappointment, of ridicule, and even agree to disagree, God took over. What has happened with that particular situation is nothing less than amazing.

Here we are in the Christmas 2018 season. This is a question that we need to ask ourselves about family. If there are negative feelings brewing in our family, it is time to make a decision. This decision can only be reached by hearing the heart of God, which of course requires us to spend time in the Word and with Him listening to His desire. We might be surprised at what He shows us.

Life!!!!!!! Never easy for most people!

We begin this first week of Advent with talking about the candle that represents JOY. We then begin to sing Christmas songs. We will start this week with “Go Tell it On the Mountain” and “Angels From the Realms of Glory.” The choir has a song titled “We Turn Our Eyes.” It is based around verses like Isaiah 26:3 that says “He will keep us in perfect peace if our eyes are fixed on Him.” Hebrews 12:2 of “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith.” We continue to worship together with Tomlin’s “At the Cross (Love Ran Red),” and “Be Thou My Vision.” Charlie Best and the Praise Team will sing a song by Matt Redman titled “Come and See.” For the response time, we will worship with one of our favorites over the last few years titled “O Come to the Altar.

Okay, before I go let me ask you to email me on what your favorite Christmas song is. Last, reminder!!!!!!!! Christmas Eve Service 6:00-7:00 p.m. obviously on December 24. You don’t want to miss it. Christmas Eve Service with a flare.

Love you,


  • Terri L Johnson

    Okay, Phil! My favorite Christmas song is “Mary Did You Know”. Always love hearing this one.

    BTW- Chris Quick and all of the Worship Team did a great job Sunday morning in your absence. You have a great group, but you were still missed!

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