Toxic Influences can so easily creep into our lives. Yesterday we talked about the media in our lives (what we watch, read, listen to, video games we play, internet sites we consume, etc.). Paul warns us “Don’t you know a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast-as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-7 A little bit of poison can go an awful long way! We must be wise and investigate the ingredients in the brownies!
The Bible teaches us to Test everything. Hold onto the good. Avoid every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22. Some things are clearly not God’s plan and should be avoided. Other things are not as clear and we must TEST them. I shared 3 questions you can ask: 1. Am I being entertained by sin? 2. Does this honor and glorify God and the people He loves? 3. Does this lure me away from Christ? If we openly and honestly ask God those questions His Spirit will be faithful to “guide us into all truth”. And what a difference it will make in our lives, our homes, and with the future for our children.
I am SO excited to spend Christmas together with my family – ALL of you! I am blessed with a great family through birth and through marriage, but I cherish and am abundantly blessed by being together and doing life with my Prairie Heights church family. In reality, Teri, Nate, and I did not move to Fargo-Moorhead to start a “church” but we came to invite and include as many as possible into a growing, healthy, spiritual family that would Worship God together by “Inviting-Growing-Serving” every moment God gives us here on earth and when God chooses, to celebrate our eternal relationships in heaven! Wow, what an opportunity and open invitation God has given each of us!
So, Merry Christmas to all of you. Hope to see you on Sunday as we begin our Christmas Celebrates series with Christmas Celebrates the Impossible. The second sermon in this series will be Christmas Celebrates the Unforgettable and will take place on Christmas Eve at 4pm and the Sunday after Christmas at 11am. Have a fantastic week!