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Worship is Hopeful //

"The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world He created, but the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became flesh and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love, hope, and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son… And his name will be the hope of all the world.” // John 1:9-14, Matthew 12:21

Today, today my friends is Christmas. This is our day of victory, our day to rejoice! I’ll be blunt here, who cares what day Jesus was actually born?! I’ll let the theologians debate the timeline, I however will rejoice over the truth that Jesus came period! Because, on this day we celebrate that God, who so loved each and every one of us, put His master plan into action. Hark the herald, call the kings, guide the shephards: Jesus Christ is born. Our Messiah, our Savior, our Redeemer… Our Hope is born.

Christmas, today is our day to reflect on how God has touched our lives, how through His sacrifice we can live a life worth living. When God promised Jeremiah, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jer 29:11);” He made the same promise to us. We look back and see how all of the puzzle pieces fell perfectly into place; how every trial, every tear, and every heartache led us to our promised land. "And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you… Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in You. (Psalm 39:7, 62:5)” 

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! (Psalm 31:24) Jesus, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death — even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:6-11)

Jesus died to give us a life worth living; a life worth saving. It’s time to rise up and live it.

The Way of the Father’s Heart

When Peter saw Jesus walking towards them in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, he immeadiately asked Jesus to allow him to come to him. “Then [he] got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

I am so touched by this story. When Peter cried out for help, Jesus immediately caught him by the hand and pulled Peter to safety. Tone is everything here. Do you really think Jesus was being harsh or disciplinary here? No, Peter just risked his life on faith. I believe that Jesus was looking at his friend with a mixture of pride and love in His eyes. I can hear Him now, softly saying, “You of little faith,” (an inside joke, imagine the slight smile on Jesus’ lips) “Why did you doubt?” God wasn’t reprimanding Peter here, no, in His own way, He was congratulating him while discipling him.

God is the best and truest example of what it means to be a father.

When you fell down on your bike, did your dad yell at you for failing, or did he brush you off and smile because he was proud you tried? God is the exact same way. God will always catch you when you fall, you just need to take a step of faith towards Him.

Worship is Hopeful //

"The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world He created, but the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became flesh and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love, hope, and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son… And his name will be the hope of all the world.” // John 1:9-14, Matthew 12:21

Today my friends is Christmas. This is our day of victory, our day to rejoice! I’ll be blunt here; who cares what day Jesus was actually born?! I’ll let the theologians debate the timeline; I however will rejoice over the truth that Jesus came, period! Because on this day we celebrate that God, who so loved each and every one of us, put His master plan into action. Hark the herald, call the kings, guide the shephards: Jesus Christ is born. Our Messiah, our Savior, our Redeemer… Our Hope is born.

Christmas, today is our day to reflect on how God has touched our lives, how through His sacrifice we can live a life worth living. When God promised Jeremiah, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jer 29:11),” He made the same promise to us. We look back and see how all of the puzzle pieces fell perfectly into place; how every trial, every tear, and every heartache led us to our promised land. "And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you… Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in You. (Psalm 39:7, 62:5)" 

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! (Psalm 31:24) Jesus, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death — even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:6-11)

Jesus died to give us a life worth living; a life worth saving. It’s time to rise up and live it.

Complete Healing

"While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking." Acts 14:8-10

Healing is ever present in the New Testament: it is Jesus’ mantra. But I have never stopped to think about what actually went into healing these men and women. In this instance, Paul & Barnabas came upon a man who had faith in what they were preaching and Paul felt the Spirit lead him to heal this man. But this man was crippled from birth, this account is very detailed. Can you imagine, a man, somewhere in his late twenties to early fourties by my guess, has never walked in his life. His legs’ muscles never had a chance to develop properly, if at all. But what was the first thing that this cripple did after being healed by the Holy Spirit through Paul?

He jumped.

God didn’t just heal this man’s misaligned feet, he healed the source and everything else that had been injured because of it. God provided complete healing, complete restoration. This man could not have jumped, let alone walked, without the aid of legs that could support his entire weight. 

So the next time you feel like God has left you alone, always remember that His healing is perfect and complete. We may not notice or even care during the trials, but if you have faith and take God at His word; He will always completely restore you.

God bless,

Cole