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Monday Memo - December 16

What is in a name?  There are many names given to Jesus especially by the great prophet Isaiah, 700 years before He was born -

            Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace... Isaiah 9:6

            and Emmanuel - God with us... Isaiah 7:14

God with us.  So stunning. Takes your breath away. Makes you go silent.

Veiled in flesh...the God-head see!  Hail, the incarnate deity!

One of the ways we can flesh out Christmas is by being truly WITH someone. It can happen in a few moments if we are aware of the opportunity. A sincere eye-to-eye greeting. Enough time to share something positive that you appreciate, or to ask, 'anything I can do to help?'  An invite to church, for a cup of coffee, or to your place of residence. Small stuff?  Hardly. In fact, let's not neglect those we are already with, but often not WITH as in attentive and intentional.

This Sunday we will take a good look at Philippians 2:1-11. A great passage that goes deeply to the heart of the journey of Jesus to be with us, and what that looks like today. The title is GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY!  In case you haven't heard, last Sunday was the last 12:30 service. The two times of 9:15 and 11:00, compared to the previous times of 9:00 and 10:45, have made Sunday morning continued growth possible by getting a good balance of attendance at both. So this Sunday, Christmas Sunday, we will see you at either 9:15 or 11:00!

Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be next Tuesday, December 24 at 11:00 am, 4:00 pm or 5:30 pm. No tickets are needed. Bring family and friends, or ... whomever!  If you are available to serve in Hospitality or Children's Ministry during one of the services, please contact Tiffany Palmero or Sanja Lyon, respectively.

God with us. GOD with us. Now... and forever. Now, that is good news!

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back  

"Chain Reaction: The Core"    Philippians 1:27-30

Every “endeavor” requires a core. A core in the center of the people inside, and a core of people who share the vision of the endeavor intensely. Paul understood that the progress of the gospel depends on the core at the heart of believers and upon a church having a core of such people at its center. What about you? What about US?


It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.

        ~Peter Marshall

It is better to die for a conviction than to live with a compromise.

        ~Vance Havner

I am quite sure that the best way to promote unity is to promote truth.

        ~Charles Spurgeon

Our antagonist is our helper. He that wrestles with us strengthens our muscles, sharpens our skills.

        ~Edmund Burke


1.    What would you say is at the core of your life these days? 

2.    How satisfied are you with the direction of your life?

3.    What is your take away for this first command in the book of Philippians?

Looking Ahead

"Chain Reaction: Go Ahead, Make My Day"    Philippians 2:1-11

Few things, if any, energized Paul more than the genuine unity of the church, or the lack thereof. The reason? The credibility and progress of the gospel depends upon it. So the next time you get bent out of shape over something that someone has done, or not done, or your life is “interrupted” by the need of another person, remember – let’s get our act together – for real!


1.    In what way is this section connected to 1:27-30?

2.    What benefits of being a believer does Paul pull up before them in 2:1?

3.    What is his reason for doing so? (v.2)? 

4.    What gets in the way of unity and what is necessary to achieve it according to vs. 3-4?

5.    What is the ultimate answer to such problems according to vs. 5-11?

6.    What do you learn about Jesus from these verses and how does it affect the way you look at Christmas and other people this year?  


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