Corona Christmas 2020 — will it be one we remember or one we'd rather forget? As our country continues to see very high Covid numbers and the hospitals remain at capacity, how will we celebrate Christmas this year?
According to a recent Barna study, half of 18-year-olds in the U.S. report anxiety and fear of failure, and about 40 percent say they often feel sad or depressed. Thirty-four percent of young people say they feel lonely and isolated from others.
And here is the takeaway life truth from this message. As we consider the glimmer of hope in the darkness of Advent and the blinding glory of light that we experience with the coming of the Lord Jesus, we are reminded that many in our world today, even after Jesus’ coming, still live as though He has not come - they remain in darkness. Imagine what it must be like for them! They are lost and without hope. Who will tell them about Jesus and turn their faces into the light?
Sixty-five years ago this week, on Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks – a 42-year-old seamstress and NAACP member – refused to give up her seat on a crowded city bus to make room for white passengers. She was arrested and jailed.
It would be nice to be able to ask Jesus how to handle the conflicts that face us in our world today. But, in a sense, He already has told us. He has given us so many examples in the Gospels to inform our decisions.
This may be a news flash to some of you, but your pastor is not flawless. Like you, he goes through seasons of suffering, insecurity, fatigue, and doubt. He often feels alone. He may even be on the cusp of burnout — or worse.
While the pandemic has spurred many churches to undergo a Nintendo-like transition from paper to digital, the real shift comes when we ask “what spiritual practices has God given his people to flourish during any crisis?” God can do more with a disorganized church whose people humbly seek Him than He can do with a well-organized church whose members are self-sufficient.
A church that can successfully align its ministries toward the singular purpose of furthering its Great Commission-saturated mission is like our front porch, providing the structure that ministries need to both grow and blossom.