December 16, 2012 " What does repentance mean?"

Isn’t God good!  I hope you are in the spirit of Christmas.  We are so blessed in so many ways.  I am so grateful for the many friends that we get to share God’s blessings each week.  Last week Larry talked about how God left heaven to come live among us.  I cannot imagine that kind of Love.  It is not the kind of Love we have for each other, it is the kind of love God has for us.   Linda showed us that sometimes what we see as a problem might be a blessing.  We looked back at our life and remembered if we had not gone through something in our past we may not be where we are today.  It was a great lesson learned.

I want to continue with that idea this week when we look at one thing and realize it is a whole different thing.  I am going to talk about the message John the Baptist shares with us in Luke 3: 7-17.  When you read this message it looks like John is almost angry with the people he seems fed up with them, but the truth of the matter is John loved them and wanted them to repent because repentance is a blessing.  We may not think of it that way but I hope to show you this week what a blessing it is.  God created it for us and repentance is the only way we will ever be able to please God.  God does not care what you do for a living, he does not care how much money you have, God cares about what kind of person you are on the inside not the outside.  We need to understand that repentance is more than being sorry for what we have done.  It means we are taking action to not do this again.  God understands we are not perfect but he does expect us to repent when he shows us our sin.

This week the Heights church is going to be with us and they are going to provide a Christmas party for everyone at BBT.  This is another example of God using his people to do his work.  And we are the recipients of this blessing.  I hope the people of Heights church know how much this means to us. Maybe we should tell them Sunday, better yet maybe we can show them by our attitude of gratitude.  I hope you will be with us Sunday for the worship service and the Christmas party afterwards.

Keep praying for those we mention in our prayer requests last week and if you need special prayer during the week call us and let us pray with you.  Expect a miracle and give God the glory for everything he has done!  We Love you and we will see you on Sunday

Pastor David & Pris


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