Sunday Bulletin 12/8
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Sunday School 9:30
Phone: 830 629 0405
Sunday Worship 10:45
1620 Common Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Fax: 830 620 0470
Christ Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church in America PCA
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Wednesday Night Activites
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Middle School Mid-Week Meeting in the Annex on Wednesday nights following the Wednesday Night Supper
Senior High Sunday Meeting in the Annex on Sunday Night at 6:30pm
SALVATION ARMY - RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN
Ring in the holiday season by participating as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer.
Your opportunities to serve are:
(Please sign up in the narthex or EB.)
Thursday, December 5: 9 am - 7 pm
One kettle at Hobby Lobby
Saturday, December 7: 9 am - 7 pm
One kettle at Hobby Lobby
Saturday, December 10: 9 am - 7 pm
Two kettles at Wal-Mart
(one at each store entrance)
Each bell ringer shift will be one hour long.
Dec. 11 & 12 6:00 PM Live Nativity
December 24 6:00 PM Christmas Eve Service
Janu19 6:00 PM Sanctity of Life Prayer Vigil
Jan. 31 & Feb. 2 TBA Francis Schaeffer Conference
A great source for reformed articles, sermons, audio
Teacher and author Ann Childress will have her studies and other writings available here
The ministry of Kendrick Kahler to the Cambodians
Jonnie Barr (pictured with husband Mike)
We have added a new link to the blog of CPC member Shawn Wedlund. Shawn thoughfully engages the culture from an historic Protestant perspective. Visit here, or access it from the links column.
from Desring God Ministries
Join us for a daily meditation that will encourage you to keep Jesus at the center of this Advent season.
GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, openingtheir treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. -Matthew 2:10-11
God is not served by human hands as though he needed anything (Acts 17:25). The gifts of the magi are not given by way of assistance or need-meeting. It would dishonor a monarch if foreign visitors came with royal care-packages. Nor are these gifts meant to be bribes. Deuteronomy 10:17 says that God takes no bribe. Well, what then dothey mean? How are they worship?
The gifts are intensifiers of desire for Christ himself in much the same way that fasting is. When you give a gift to Christ like this, it's a way of saying, "The joy that I pursue (verse 10) is not the hope of getting rich with things from you. I have not come to you for your things, but for yourself.
And this desire I now intensify and demonstrate by giving up things, in the hope of enjoying you more, not things. By giving to you what you do not need, and what I might enjoy, I am saying more earnestly and more authentically, 'You are my treasure, not these things.'" I think that's what it means to worship God with gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.
May God take the truth of this text and waken in us a desire for Christ himself. May we say from the heart, "Lord Jesus, you are the Messiah, the King of Israel. All nations will come and bow down before you. God wields the world to see that you are worshiped. Therefore, whatever opposition I may find, I joyfully ascribe authority and dignity to you, and bring my gifts to say that you alone can satisfy my heart, not these."
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Baptism of Amelia Jane Albright