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Experiencing the Prince of Peace

nativity“Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry, because I never undertake any more work than I can get through with perfect calmness of spirit.” – John Wesley

There may be no reminder more timely than the quote above especially during the holiday season. The next few weeks for most of us will be incredibly busy and will require intense discipline and focus to navigate it successfully. Because we know the Prince of Peace, we can be assured that His peace is still available for those who will claim it, no matter how much “in haste” we may seem during the holidays.

Paul, writing to the Philippians, reminds us to “…Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Notice that he doesn’t mention our bodies here. There are times where we will be physically exhausted but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have peace. This is one of the things that makes peace “supernatural”.

Anyone can experience tranquility sitting quietly beside the seashore, but peace can be experienced in the midst of a storm and yes, sometimes in a flurry of activity if our hearts and minds are focused on what is ultimate—God himself. Much like real joy, peace goes deeper into the soul. Peace is ultimately knowing that you matter to God and letting God matter to you. Happiness and tranquility are circumstantial, but peace and joy can be experienced regardless of the circumstances.

So, in the flurry of the season, much like Wesley, let’s not be afraid to be in haste, but let’s not be so hurried that we miss the nearness of God and the significance of the season.

North Atlanta Christmas Festival

If you are in the Atlanta area, make plans to join us for the North Atlanta Christmas festival December 13-15. Now in its 8th season, the North Atlanta Christmas Festival has become the must-see event of the Christmas season. The NACF is a spectacular musical and dramatic display featuring state-of-the-art technology, stage production and choreography along with a 150-voice choir and 40-piece live orchestra. It is sure to captivate the attention of all ages. Come join us this year on a musical journey of wonder and imagination as we experience the best of the Christmas season! For tickets and event times go to www.nacfonline.com and be sure to “like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nacfonline.

 

Hope is Not a 4-Letter Word

Hope. A four letter word? No disrespect intended here at all, but for many it truly is. Even the Scriptures acknowledge this (Proverbs 13:12), especially in reference to a false hope, or a hope that is deferred. How many times have you hoped for something that didn’t come true, or hoped for better circumstances? Many today can identify with this. Joblessness is higher now than it has been in almost 30 years and many are wondering is there an end to it all? On top of all the  doom and gloom in the news, one of the top box office hits is “2012”, a film depicting the end of the world. Where is the hope?

Enter Jesus. “Hope deferred, makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12). While true, the good news here is that this Hope (Jesus) is already come–it’s not deferred. That’s what Christmas is all about. No need to wait. Hope came wrapped and delivered in a manger over two thousand years ago.

That is what we’re celebrating this weekend at Trinity with “A Night of Hope”. Jesus said that He has come to “…tell of good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recover sight to the blind, and set at liberty those that are bruised and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”  (Luke 4:18 paraphrased). Jesus is the hope that we all need.

Even if you’re still a little skeptical, I invite you to attend “A Night of Hope” this weekend (Dec. 5 & 6 at 4pm) and see for yourself what Jesus has done in the hearts of so many and what He can do for you. Our Choir, Orchestra, drama team, soloists and Artists in Residence, The Nelons (www.thenelons.com) will be presenting this hope in a dynamic musical/media presentation this weekend.

Jesus has come. He is even knocking on your heart’s door (Revelation 3:20). Open up and experience the hope that is found in Jesus and join us for “A Night of Hope”.

For more information on “A Night of Hope”, go to http://www.tbc.org.

*For more information on how you can help and provide hope for the hungry of Jacksonville to to http://www.fighthungerjax.org

As part of the event, we want to help provide hope for the hungry of Jacksonville. We are partnering with the Jacksonville Hunger SWAT Team and it’s affiliate organizations to raise awareness and help with non-perishable food items. You can bring your donation with you to the event. There will be donation bins in designated areas throughout the complex.

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