This past Saturday night we continued our study through the Gospel of John. Of all the gospel writers, John had the most time to reflect. The most time to think about things Jesus had said. The most time to consider what Jesus came to do. He wrote his Gospel for those who didn’t get to meet Jesus, for those who didn’t see the miracles. for those who didn’t hear him teach. In other words, he wrote his gospel of us.
This week we look at the familiar story of his first miracle, turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. A miracle he does, because Mary says the three simple words we all hate to say … I NEED HELP.
This past Saturday night we kicked off a new study through the Gospel of John. Of all the gospel writers, John had the most time to reflect. The most time to think about things Jesus had said. The most time to consider what Jesus came to do. He for those who didn’t get to meet Jesus, for those who didn’t see the miracles. for those who didn’t hear him teach. In other words, he wrote his gospel of us.
Throughout, his gospel, John will make the argument that in Jesus is God. If we want to know what God looks like, what He acts like, what He thinks like … then look no further than when God became one of us to bring us life and light.
Next week (January 12th) we will look at John, chapter 2 and specifically Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine. I encourage you to read along each week.
Excerpts from our annual Christmas Starlight gathering at Refuge.Church. We talked why it’s OK to say Happy Xmas (and in fact a good thing). We talked about the Good News of Christmas. We talked about not being pessimist or optimist, but being “hope’ist”, and lastly, the dragon at the nativity (and his ultimate defeat).
Merry Christmas 2018 from all of us @ Refuge.Church.
What a special evening as Trent Dunn shared he and his wife Leesa’s story of God’s timing, sovereignty, and most of all His grace filled redemption.
If you’re in town, make it a priority to gather with your Refuge family 12.1 (this Saturday) for a conversation on RACE and the CHURCH. We will not be recording this message, so you must be here to listen in on the conversation. Our panel will include our very own Dwayne and Karyna Jackson, Jaime Taveras and Treneice Collins.
As we conclude the story of Joseph, we look at God’s timing in the story of Joseph, in the story of the Bible, and in the story of each of our lives. God gave Joseph a dream. 13-YEARS LATER, we see that dream finally fulfilled … in God’s time. We never see Joseph force the situation. We never see Joseph drag his feet. He simply makes the most of it within the rhythms of God’s timing.
If you’re in town, make it a priority to gather with your church family this Saturday night, and hear an amazing testimony of God’s amazing grace, timing and sovereignty.
In week 2 (of 3) on the story of Joseph we look at God working out bad situations for the good of Joseph. We may never fully understand why God allows bad things to happen to us (or those we love), but we don’t need those answers, as much as we need God with us through the trials. If we don’t die at least a little confused about how God works, then how can we die trusting God? I think on this evening, we all left a little confused 😉
This week we kicked of a month long series around the life story of Joseph that concludes our time in Genesis. Joseph had a dream. That’s he’d be king. But on that journey to becoming a king, he finds himself in a pit. And there he should have died. He only survives because of the grace of God.