by Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 12, 2017
Wondering in the way of Jesus is what Epiphany is all about. In the course of the Christian year, we find ourselves in the season after Epiphany. The season of Epiphany is about, not just the pilgrimage of the wise men who brought gifts to the child Christ, but the pilgrimage of every person called to live in the way of Christ. Following Jesus will take you on a journey.
By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 5, 2017
On Sunday we celebrate Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany begins with the retelling of the story of the three wise men from another country and culture who realize that they have something to offer the Christ child. Their journey has become a model for all who seek to know Jesus and offer their gifts in loving service.
By Cass DuCharme
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, December 15 2016
Did the title of my article catch you? I hope so. We see this name a lot this time of year. For the past three months, the Sanctuary Choir, Gerald, and I have been working on our Christmas music that we’ll present this Sunday morning. The title of the cantata, written by Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall, is - you guessed it - Jesus! The Advent of the Messiah.
By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, December 1 2016
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2
The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the darkest nights of the year. The nights are dark, too dark for some. For many Christians, these weeks mark the season of Advent. Advent gives us time for our eyes to adjust to the dark, so that we may see the light of Christ and Christmas lights in a new way. This time of preparation for Christmas is meant to remind us of the world’s darkness so that we might rejoice at the world’s redemption in the light of the Christmas story.
By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 17, 2016
The Psalmist writes, “I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I sing praise to you before the gods. I face your holy Temple, bow down, and praise your name because of your constant love and faithfulness, because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme. You answered me when I called to you; with your strength, you strengthened me."
By Carol Brown
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 10, 2016
Last Monday night, I spent an evening in suffering from jetlag. I spent an evening in Uganda without even leaving Macon. Our church joined with First Baptist Church of Christ to host a missions event led by CBF field personnel Missy Ward Angalla and her husband, Francis. We shared a wonderful Ugandan meal together, listened to stories of the work that Missy and Francis are doing, and heard about their plans for more ministries in the future.
By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 3, 2016
You know I’m not the biggest sports fan, but the fanaticism of the Cubs win has stirred my attention. Especially the stories being told about die-hard fans and their ritual observance of the Cubbies. For many, rooting for the Cubs is a deeply personal, family tradition. Time magazine reported the story of Bill Shannon, who spent the last few innings on his knees praying. This kind of devotion carries forward generation by generation. Fans pass on their passion and sense of expectancy to another generation of fans. It’s beautiful, really. Shannon said, “When you get to be my age, you don’t know if you’ve ever going to see it. I kept thinking of my all my friends at Wrigley, and so many that are gone. I feel privileged to have witnessed this.” It was like he experienced this with his friends who had passed away and for his friends that had passed away. What an amazing sense of connection!