Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mission Basket

Emails have been going around, but I wanted to add to the blog as well. The New Light Class will be putting together a basket for the auction they will be having at the Church of the Reconciler in April. This is a Methodist church is downtown Birmingham that serves many homeless people and this is their once a year fundraiser. It also happens to be the church that Lawton Higgs brother and father work with. They need help and we are in such a better place than they are.

So we will be providing a Family Night basket. If everyone can contribute something, it should be pretty full and get them some good money! Ideas: Board Games, DVD's, Cards, Movie Tickets, McWane Center Passes, Popcorn cups or Candy to fill it out...just anything that a family could do together.

We will be collecting the items for the next 3 weeks (End it on April 11). So try to get your items in by then.

This is an easy way for our class to provide help to those who need it. I look forward to seeing what we create!

Their Church Website:

Thanks everyone,

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Jesus Wears Combat Boots

Last week, during our snow day, we discussed Hebrews 2:5-18 and 4:14-16, specifically the parts where Jesus experienced every form of temptation when he was on earth. In doing so, he has experienced every kind of temptation that we are facing. When we call out to him in our darkest moments, he answers us with experience and authority--not just because he is omniscient and omnipotent, but because he knows exactly what it feels like to be us...

In this respect, Jesus is sort like a "mustang" military officer who is more effective and better able to relate to his enlisted troops by drawing on his own experiences as an enlisted man. Just as a platoon of Marines have faith following their commander into battle when they know that he has already been there and vanquished the same enemy before, we have faith and trust in Christ to see us through our trial because he has already won these battles himself.

Here's the picture I was going to use:

Anna made me change it...