"Prepare Him Room" - Week 3

This Sunday we wrap up our three-week Christmas series “Prepare Him Room” and our prayer has been that we have all been able to do just that. As we have quickly been approaching Christmas with all the busyness, planning and perhaps a little distraction, hopefully we have also found some time to slow down and contemplate the magnitude of what it all means. When we really stop and think about the birth of Christ, The God of all creation stepping into humanity to walk among us, it is a truth that should do far more than give us “warm fuzzies.” This is a truth that should rock our foundation and not just inform the way we see Christmas, but the way we see EVERYTHING, every single day!

Our prayer this week as we arrive at Christmas is that the room, we have prepared for him is not the guest room, only to be vacated when the new year hits. But rather that we have set up for Him a permanent residence as the one who sits on the throne, not just of our holiday, but of our every day.

Colossians 1:15-20

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

"Prepare Him Room" - Week 2

This Sunday we continue in our three-week Christmas series, “Prepare Him Room.” As the Christmas season speeds up, and the big day approaches, it seems each day is getting shorter and shorter. As we try all the harder to slow ourselves down and make room to celebrate Christ, the more the activities and responsibilities seem to pile up. The truth is though, it's not the activities, or the parties or the crazy expectations that are to blame. It’s this strange need we feel to do something other than simply celebrate the coming of the promised Messiah. As if it needed to be dressed up and made to be “More Magical.”  

This week let us pause and remember what God has done in sending His only son to put on flesh and dwell among us. Let our prayer together be that we would see as displayed through the coming of Christ the King, the magnitude of God’s goodness and grace to us! That all the distractions and counterfeits would fade to nothing in comparison to the true story of Christmas. What a magnificent God we serve!

Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” 

Matthew 1:18 "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit."