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31
Dec

NEW YEAR…SAME GOD

Today is New Year’s Eve.  Which means that tomorrow is DAY 1 when it comes to fulfilling one’s new year resolutions.

Almost 25% of people who attempt new years resolutions will give them up before January is even over!  The sad truth is that most people fail to maintain their momentum past February.

GotQuestions.org has a great article about if Christians should do new years resolutions and how to approach them.

http://www.gotquestions.org/new-years-resolution.html

Also, if you desire to read the entire Bible everyday throughout the year, visit YouVersion.com and select the reading plan SOLID LIFE READING PLAN.  That is the same one that Pastor Tito will be doing all year.

No matter the resolution you set, or the ones you fail to keep, know that you serve the same God who is faithful, loving, and compassionate not only yesterday, but today, and forever!

Happy New Year!

08
Dec

DOES SANTA BELONG IN CHRISTMAS?

Many Christians every year wonder how they should approach Christmas.  Should we tell our kids about Christmas?

  • Should we watch non-Christian Christmas movies?
  • Should we have a tree because pagans used to use it during their worship services?

Yes it’s true that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th and that what we celebrate today as “Christmas” used to be a pagan holiday.  The question really is, why do YOU celebrate it?

Last time I checked, God created the evergreen tree…not pagans.  Also, we cannot lose who the true Saint Nicholas was compared to the more fluffy version that Coca-Cola has given us.  Here is an interesting article from Christianity Today.

Some stories, such as fables and parables, are not empirically true, but they are true in that they point to realities about God’s world and the human condition. Some stories are empirically true and also communicate this kind of truth. The Nativity story is a perfect example of the latter. The Santa Claus myth is a great example of the former. Santa Claus embodies Christian values such as kindness, generosity, forgiveness—every child soon realizes that even if they have not been perfect all year, Santa comes through. Santa brings gifts to children both deserving and undeserving. While Santa is not a Christ figure—that must be clear—the Santa myth is not the problem. The problem is that we have let advertisers hijack Santa, turning Christmas into a retail event.  READ MORE

Regardless of the history of December 25th, my family will gather together and open up gifts under the lights that are hung on our family evergreen Christmas tree.  The reason is to celebrate the gift of eternal life that we have because the light of the world once hung on a tree.  What we need to focus on is more WHY we do what we do more than WHAT should we be doing.

Pastors Tito & Alisha Sotolongo

P.S.

Just in case you want more JESUS vs SANTA info to think about, consider sharing this video with your kids.

01
Dec

10 Great Christmas Traditions

We all have Christmas traditions.

  • Putting up the Christmas tree
  • Bake, bake, and then bake some more
  • Driving around and watching houses light up for Christmas
  • Going caroling
  • Watch classic Christmas movies
  • Even ELF ON A SHELF is a tradition people love to do

The list goes on and on.  Not even to mention things like, serving in the community, going to church, and reading the Christmas story of Jesus.   We love traditions because the give us a great sense of community and connection with the past.

www.FamilyLife.com has a great article on Christmas traditions we thought would bless you.

CLICK HERE to read about 10 GREAT IDEAS for Christmas Traditions that you can start this year!

24
Nov

THE TRUE STORY OF THANKSGIVING

The story of Thanksgiving is more than just faith, family, & football.  Our schools have taught for many years a very slanted view of what happened that day that has lead us to celebrate Thanksgiving today.

Here is a great ARTICLE from Jason Hoyt that sets the record straight.

This Thanksgiving, take a moment to praise God for who He is and for all the things He has done for you!

Here is the LINK to the article again.

24
Nov

HOW TO USE A FAMILY PRAYER JAR

Jackie Bledsoe has written a great article on creating a tradition that helps you guide your family in developing and fostering a family prayer life.

This will…

  • Help you not to forget important things to pray about
  • Teach your kids how to pray and what to pray for
  • Bring your family closer together
  • Bring you closer to God

This is the LINK to to article.  Consider starting this now during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

24
Nov

LABOR OF LOVE 40 DAY CHALLENGE

Join the members of LABOR OF LOVE in a journey of discovery and preparation. During the last 40 days of 2015, commit to invest time in seeking meaning and purpose in your life.

Each day you will find an inspiration, a question or story, and a challenge. The rest is up to you.

Share with them what you are learning, what you are wondering, and how we can help you in YOUR journey. Share this 40 Day Challenge with a friend or family member.

Here is the LINK to the 40 Day Facebook Challenge

Here is their website for more information, http://lolusa.net

#40Days #LaborofLove

29
Sep

SERMON SERIES: BLANK SPACE

Pastor Tito just wrapped up his recent sermon series called BLANK SPACE.  In it he walks us through the scriptures on how to fill our blank space with the FEAR of the Lord and not with wild living, wisdom, wealth, work, worry, or unforgiveness.

Click on the MESSAGES page to hear the past messages or you can catch up by reading Pastor Tito’s sermon summaries at his BLOG.