Christmas in Exile

Out of Southside

Passage: Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 2:11-12; John 15:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Principle: We are called to live as foreigners and exiles in this world We are Christ’s ambassadors in this world Practice: Pray for God to give you the heart of an ambassador Make time with Jesus your first and highest priority every day. Take the next step in your journey with Jesus. Daily Readings: Day 1: 1 Peter 1Day 2: 1 Peter 2Day 3: Philippians 3Day 4: Ephesians 4Day…

Out of Place

God entered the world in the distressing disguise of a baby born to a refugee couple with no place to lay their heads. Most people in Jesus’ day missed Him. They couldn’t see Him for His distressing disguise. They expected a king with all the wealth and power of David, or a prophet who would come with the grandeur of Moses, or a priest who would practice all the religious eccentricities of Aaron. What they got instead was God on…

Out of Bethlehem

Forced to flee from Bethlehem in order to save Jesus’ life, Joseph and Mary once again pack their meager belongings to head into the unknown. Meanwhile, every mother left behind would weep for their murdered children and wonder how the angels’ promise of peace on earth could possibly be true. Join us for week three of Christmas in Exile where we explore how grief and loss are often magnified at Christmas time and how Jesus meets us in the sorrow.…

Out of Nazareth

The Christmas story begins with the forced migration of a poor Jewish carpenter and his pregnant wife. These innocent victims of a corrupt political system were forced to deliver their baby in a stable where the Savior entered the world as a displaced person. Join us for week two of Christmas in Exile as we see how God uses the weak, poor, and even the corrupt of this world to accomplish His purpose of bringing peace on earth. Passage: Luke…

Out of Egypt

From a group of nomadic refugees fleeing persecution in Egypt, to a young refugee couple forced to deliver their baby in a stable, the Bible tells the story of God working through aliens and strangers to bring about His kingdom. The subversive message of Christmas is that God Himself endured a self-imposed exile from heaven to deliver us from our exile in sin. Join us online or in person this advent season as we reexamine the Christmas story. Passage: Exodus…

The Wind Blows Where It Will

You can’t see the wind or control where it blows, but the evidence of the wind is undeniable. Join us Sunday as we learn to discern where God is working and the evidence of His movement among us.  Passage: John 3:1-9 Principle: God is a mystery that we cannot control or understand, but that we do experience. Daily Readings: This week’s daily Bible reading plan is focused on God’s sovereignty and how that impacts our gifts and our problems. The week ends by looking at God’s sovereignty…