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Ministry in Motion.Church

Here’s the church and here’s the steeple, open the door and see all the people.

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Churches were overflowing with attenders this Christmas Eve. Service schedules were tweaked and chairs were added for the excess people, but I wonder how many folks will be back next Sunday? Church attendance is a hot topic in pastoral circles. In response, many churches offer cooler bands, hipper worship, edgier programming and uber impressive technology. While these aren’t innately bad ideas and may be effective, are they really what will draw someone back to God in a lasting and meaningful way? So what will bring you back to church next week? I bet it’s not frothy coffee, trendy speakers or contemporary music. I’m leaning towards authenticity. The sacraments. Things like baptism, confession and meaningful communion. Relevant preaching from the Word, anointing the sick and community prayer…you know, those strange rituals and traditions that Christians have been practicing for the past 2,000+ years.  So get a cup of coffee with your friends at Starbucks. But in church get some ashes s…

Toys and more Toys

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Christmas Can Still Change the World

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I suppose that the angels, who announced His coming, were the only ones who truly knew what was going on. And, I find it interesting that besides some curious shepherds and adventurous astrologers that almost everyone else missed it. It is - Immanuel, God with us; God beside us; God in us. For many, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years can be so busy, so hectic, that we too miss the magic and the mystery that surrounds each December 25th. Christmas, by its design, was intended to change the world. There are simple acts of love and compassion, that we can perform right now, that will embody the Christ in Christmas. As we head into the final week before the holiday, birth Gods love to a cynical world - make someone’s Christmas memorable, be "The Gift"

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The Miracle of Oil

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Hanukkah or Chanukkah is probably one of the best-known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. The miracle of the one-day supply of oil amazingly lasting eight days is first described in the Talmud and also preserved in the books of the First and Second Maccabees, which describe in detail the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the lighting of the menorah. Each night, throughout the eight-day holiday, a candle or oil-based light, is lit. The number of lights lit is increased by one each night. “…TheLight shinesin the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it...” For Christians, Hanukkah represents a perfect time to kindle the lights of our faith, in the hope and confidence of the things not yet seen. Shalom…PKES #minmchurch #Churchpearland #GatherGrowGo