Calvary FMC Newsletter

Published 11/12/18

Hello Calvary FMC Family!

We have just completed a three month series on the Minor Prophets, twelve short books with some powerful messages. Yet, as I was often reminded, the overwhelming impression of these books was one of gloom. Israel and Judah continued to repeat the same sins over and over and, because of that, God eventually, after many warnings, brought them into judgment and exile. After 70 years of captivity, however, the people are miraculously allowed to return home and begin rebuilding. And, after some delays, they eventually rebuild their Temple, their high priest is purged from the filth of his sins, and things begin to look up once again as God promises renewed blessing.

Unfortunately, however, the last book in the series left us hearing that the people had returned to many of their same old issues, and we are left with the impression that nothing is ever going to change. Israel cannot break the cycle of sin. There is no hope.

However, the Minor Prophets do offer us hope, especially the last two books, as they begin to proclaim to us that a solution from God is in the works. Malachi tells us ‘for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall’ (Malachi 4:2, NASB). There is coming a day when this overwhelming gloom will be transformed into a time when the people will skip around as joyfully as young calves bursting forth from the stall.

A truly new day is coming with a completely different solution. In the next few weeks, leading up to Christmas, we are going to look at the gospel writer Luke’s account of that new solution. As Malachi himself announced, Elijah is coming (Malachi 4:5) and he is going to prepare the way for the Lord who is going to ‘suddenly come to His temple’ (Malachi 3:1).

This Elijah who is to come, Jesus himself tells us is John the Baptist (Matthew 17:10-13). Luke will announce his birth in the opening chapter of his gospel. He will also tell us of the angel’s announcement to Mary of the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world. We will see that these two births are accompanied by some truly unique circumstances.

So, we hope you can join us as we follow Luke’s account of these birth narratives which fulfill the Old Testament prophecies, these births which will eventually provide the solution to the people’s continual cycle of sin.

The Savior is coming! Come celebrate with us as the angels announce his birth.

Yes, come and join us for the regular activities listed below as well as many other exciting events at CFMC.

  • Adult Sunday school each Sunday @ 9:00 in the Living Room followed by fellowship time @ 10:00
  • Sunday worship @ 10:30
  • Study & Prayer–Wednesday nights @ 6:30
    • If you haven’t joined us in the past, or if you haven’t been with us in a while, I encourage you to join us! Wednesday’s are always a great time of inter-generational discipleship. Right now we are beginning a study on spiritual warfare.
  • Community Potluck–3rd Sunday of each month, following the service.
  • Serving Meals at the Hope Center the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 5:00

Blessing on your week,

Pastor Brian