Have you ever seen someone suddenly jump for joy?
Sometimes a person is so enthusiastic about life that they can’t help but go running through the room, laughing, hooping, leaping, hugging, and crying. You might call this sudden reaction “a burst of joy”, “breaking out in laughter” or even “making merry”. Whatever you call it, it’s obvious that something has given him or her a sudden jolt of ecstatic energy!
What is it that causes this kind of outburst of happiness? And, is it for everyone, or only for a select few lucky souls? Is it natural? Is it from God? Or could it be demon possession?
Jesus said, as recounted in the book of John, “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:22)
Did you catch what Jesus is saying here? He is saying that God’s glory is something that has been given to you and me! It’s an amazing gift that we can all enjoy and delight ourselves in once we receive it.
Have you opened this gift yet? Would you like to receive it for Christmas this year?
Listen as Pastor Jim Kilmer shares a special message about how to receive God’s gift of glory!
Christmas is a time of GREAT giving isn’t it? Family members and friends give one another presents. Stores are filled with the latest gifts. Companies get out of debt during the holiday season because people buy gifts to give to others. December is generally the largest giving month for churches…
What a lot of giving!
God also gives gifts. The Bible says His blessings are new every morning. He gives the gifts of the Spirit. He gives grace and mercy, peace and love.
Matthew 7:9-11 tells us God is the best gift giver… “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Most importantly, God gave His Son to die for our sins and set us free from the sentence of death.
Listen as Pastor Jon explores the true meaning of gift giving and how to give a gift that will truly last for eternity.
Most people are delighted to receive gifts at Christmas time. It’s super fun for kids was well as moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas and just about everyone. But is that all there is to it? Is it just about the fun of getting stuff?
There can be a letdown after Christmas. Have you ever felt an anticlimactic feeling on December 26? Or shortly after that? How about after school begins following Christmas break? Could it be that sometimes our focus is directed too much towards the things that won’t last – like the presents? Many times we focus on the gift God gave us, but that the most important thing? [Read more…]
In this week’s worship service at UCA Church, two of our students from Upper Columbia Academy share a special sermon feature.
Loren Threadgill and Blake Johnson share a message called “Connected” which teaches how Christians can remain in tune with the Holy Spirit in their daily walk. Jesus used the phrase, “I am the vine and you are the branches” to describe the Christians need for connection. But how does a person actually get connected to the vine in that relationship? And how do we keep from getting disconnected?
Listen as these two students share their experience. . . and some valuable tips!
In addition to the sermon, UCA students Emma Tucker and Charlie Buursma share a special reading called “Don’t Be Ashamed.”
If you have ever been at odds with a friend or family member, you know how hard life can be. It is difficult to get along with people you love when you have differences in opinion about an issue or problem. So How do you get along and keep from falling into a dysfunctional state of being?
This week during our communion service Pastor Jon shared a short sermon called the Antidote for Animosity.
Do you know what cures difficult situations and differences when working with family and friends? Jesus prayed that he and the father were unified. How can we be unified if we are competing against one another and fighting within the church?
Listen to this sermon audio to find out the cure for animosity and how we can become unified as a church and a family.
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