Happy New Year and welcome to ValleyPoint’s “Life Verse” series. Since 2013, this annual series has started the year with an emphasis on choosing a verse (or two) to challenge, encourage, and sustain.
Why continue? Life Verse 2019 will help us view Scripture as a mentor, guide, and close friend. Life Verse 2019 will help all look to the ancient words of the Bible as something that “humbles us, critiques us, and encourages us with God’s love and grace despite our flaws” (Keller, The Prodigal Prophet, p. 106).
Scripture matters! Join ValleyPoint Church as we answer the “why?” of choosing a life verse and then search together for words to serve as a “lamp to our feet” (Psalm 119:105).
Life Verse 2019
Sunday, December 30th, 2018
Christmas is filled with sounds that warm the heart, lift the spirit, and prepare us for what many describe as “the most wonderful time of the year.” What we hear at Christmas often brings hope.
The advent of Jesus brought sounds, greetings, and conversations that were anticipated yet unexpected. His grand entrance into the world was not met with a spectacular parade. The surprising truth behind Jesus’ birth is that few were listening. Allow Christmas to awaken your ability to hear. The beauty of Christmas is that it is God’s grand invitation to hear from him again. He loves. He sees. He came.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Micah, called from his rustic home to be a prophet, leaves his familiar surroundings to deliver a stern message of judgment to the princes and people of Jerusalem. Burdened by the abusive treatment of the poor by the wealthy and influential, the prophet turns his verbal rebukes upon any who would use their social or political power for personal gain.
The theme of Micah’s writings emphasizes the integral relationship between true spirituality and social ethics. Let’s seek wisdom and get ready to learn together!
Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.
“Seasons,” a word that describes a “time of the year” where we change from one season to the next. SEASONS…also has the idea of a period of time. We all walk through life seasons. Scripture even speaks about seasons.
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.” Ecclesiastes 3
Your current season will not last forever. It might have something incredible that you do not want to miss! The bottom line: God wants us to rely on him through every season. Will we have the courage to trust?