Sunday December 4, 2016 "Hope through the tough times"

Last week was a great week to have been at BBT.  Linda brought the Sunday School on the two sides of camps we as Christian fall into (1) laid back and trusting God (2) confident group that believe we need to push ahead and do the work God has put before us.  Both groups are trusting God and I think we need to be part of both.  Sometimes we need to be still and hear God, sometime we need to get up and be active at serving God, it was a great lesson. Larry preached on John 17 and the prayer that Jesus prayed for us as Christians to be in unity with one another and with our Heavenly Father. I hope you were there to hear the message but if not you can hear it now on our Podcast.

This week I want to begin the Christmas story in Luke the 1st chapter vs 26-38.  This is the time an Angel comes to Mary and tells her she will give birth to the baby Jesus even though she had never been with a man.  As we celebrate Christmas this year many of you are going through some tough times. As I was thinking about our family, Christmas will be hard to celebrate after just losing Priscilla Mom and Dad.  Even though we are hurting we can still have hope and still get through these hard times if we hear God, obey God’s will and Trust in his power.  That is what Mary had to do to overcome everything that was happening to her.  I want us to look at these verses this week and kind of stand in the sandals of Mary as she has to make some very hard choices but in the end Mary says “here am I Lord I am your servant. Let it be to me according to your word.” I hope we can have that attitude as we go through this Christmas season.

We want to thank you for all your prayers and kind words on the passing of Priscilla dad last week. Even though you know you are losing someone it is hard to say goodbye but knowing how much better off he is now makes it so much easier. I hope you will enjoy all your family over the holiday because there is no promise there will always be another chance to tell them you love them, don’t take God’s mercy for granite.  I hope you will make plans to join us on Sunday and make sure you do nice things for other people this holiday season!

We love you so much,

Pastor David & Pris


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