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Advent Attitude Check

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Life ChangeAdvent is in the second week and Christmas is only 16 days away – counting today and Christmas Day. Are you excited yet? What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season? A niece of mine and her married family always bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that their family (and extended family) baked together. It is a family tradition for her husband’s family. They certainly look good and if I could taste them – I imagine they taste good too. I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – LOL.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)? Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online? Now they call the whole time – throughout the week – Cyber Week – so if we missed the one day – we were able to catch up throughout the week (maybe even the whole month). Have any of us hit the Malls yet? Have we baked some cookies? Have we planned our parties and the ones we will attend? Have we picked out that perfect gift for our loved ones? Continue reading

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December 10, 2018 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Attitude During Advent/Christmas

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Advent is here and Christmas is only 17 days away. Are you excited yet? What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season? A niece of mine and her married family always bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that her family (and extended family) baked together. It is a family tradition for her husband’s family. They certainly looked good. I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – LOL.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)? Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online? Now they call the whole week Cyber Week – so if we missed the one day – we can catch up throughout the week and maybe the whole month. Have any of us hit the Malls yet? Have we baked some cookies? Have we planned our parties and the ones we will attend? Have we picked out that perfect gift for our loved ones? Continue reading

December 8, 2017 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Attitude at Christmas Time

Philippians 2:5-7

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

112015 Ray McDonaldIs our attitude right as Christmas approaches this year? An attitude check is always appropriate – IMHO.  As Christians our attitude is always to strive to reflect the attitude of Christ – the mind of Christ.  WWJD is always a good question for us to help us examine our attitudes.

One of my favorite saying is this phrase – Christianity boils down to attitude.  I have often added the following phrase to this saying – Christianity boils down to attitude – the position and condition of our heart.  Someone once gave me a hat and a desk marker with this phrase on it. At one of the churches I have served I would say Christianity boils down to and the congregation would respond by saying attitude. Continue reading

November 30, 2015 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Attitude Check at Christmas 2014!

Philippians 2:5-7

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Pic of Ray 11302014Is your attitude right this Christmas? An attitude check is always appropriate.  As Christians our attitude is always to strive to reflect the attitude of Christ. We are to be more and more like Jesus with every breath we take.

I have often used this phrase in ministry – Christianity boils down to attitude.  I have often added the following phrase – Christianity boils down to attitude – the position and condition of our heart.  Someone once gave me a hat and a desk marker with this phrase on it.  I been known to say the phrase Christianity boils down to and the congregation would respond attitude. Continue reading

December 17, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Christmas, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Attitude Check at Advent

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

profileAdvent is here and Christmas is only about three weeks away.  Are you excited yet?  What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season?  A niece of mine recently showed a picture of Facebook of dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that her family (and extended family) baked together.  It is a family tradition for her husband’s family.  They certainly looked good.  I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – lol.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas?  What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)?  Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online yesterday?  Now they call this whole week Cyber Week – so if you missed yesterday you can catch up today.  Have you hit the Malls yet?  Have you baked some cookies?  Have you planned your parties and the ones you will attend?  Have you picked out that perfect gift for your loved ones? Continue reading

December 3, 2013 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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