12/14/2014 TJoy: Matthew 2:9-12


3 wise menKnow Jesus, know Joy. No Jesus, no Joy.

Reflections on Matthew 2:9-12

As we walk though this season, some experience Christmas as a time of sorrow. Broken relationships, lost loved ones. Loneliness. Statistics can’t lie, this is true. But, although our world is fallen and its people broken, this is why He came. God saw our brokenness and heartache caused by sin and death and He came to heal. He came to bring gladness of heart.

When the Wiseman from the east came bearing gifts, they didn’t just decide one morning to get up and caravan 800 miles from Susa Persian to Jerusalem. They didn’t randomly decided to road trip for three months because they were bored. They had been studying ancient documents and confirming with Hebrew scholars for years, watching the skies and anticipating the Day that healing would come. They were looking forward to joy.

The Promise of Peace

12/7/2014 The Promise of Peace: Ephesians 2:14

Why Celebrate Christmas?

The Promise of Peace

Christmas Truce 1914One of the qualities that we desire the most but experience the least is the quality of peace.  World conflict, personal uncertainties, relational issues… They all produce an unsettled feeling. Anxiety, worry and fear tend to crowd into our daily lives. Jesus promised peace! 

‘I have said these things to you that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33 )

Christmas peace was promised and declared by the angel to the shepherds at the birth of the Savior. The angelic choir filled the sky with rejoicing. Thirty-three years later, he himself becomes our peace with God by taking God’s wrath upon himself on a Roman cross. But along with this, his inner peace comes to us as we come to him in faith. (See Matt. 11:28 ) It is a supernatural peace that passes all understanding; especially when we are filled with an abiding prayer life. (See Philippians 4:6,7 ). The peace of Christ can bring a calming force to all our anxious moments and all our conflicting relationships if we humble ourselves and allow His Spirit to rule our thoughts and words. Peace of mind will also come as we focus on His perspective for our lives.   

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Please join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Wednesday, December 24 @ 7:00 PM.

p1361216590-6 1Let us celebrate the birth of Jesus, the light of the world, together.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." - Luke 2:8-14

No Parent Left Behind Seminar

We are pleased to host speaker Dr. Walt Mueller and a seminar on parenting in today’s culture.

There is no cost to attend the seminar and is also open to non-EBC parents, so spread the word and bring someone with you. 

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Date & Time & Location
Date: Tuesday, January 13th 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Emmanuel Baptist Church of Norfolk
63 Rockwood Rd
Route 115
Norfolk, MA 02056

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