Change is good

Can you believe it, the first devotional I read this morning (after YouVersion) was titled “Happiness Requires Letting Go”. That seems to be a theme around here, for about the last year! (He talks about not “wasting emotion” on regrets, etc., and not to fall into the “trap of tradition”. Hmm…)

Everyone seemed not too, too bad with having to say good-bye yesterday, at the Final BBQ of our (previous) Small Group. There were two families of us in the group, who are moving. It’s things like this that will finally get some of the Old Hold-outs onto Facebook (hopefully)! :)

The church service at First Alliance was a special “performance” (audience of One ;) ), to summarize the series in Hebrews. There was drama, dance, and lots of people reading and quoting the verses from Hebrews that they’d memorized at the memory-class. One of the wonderful things about this church is how they’ve determined to use all age-groups–and this was a perfect example. Although we were not supposed to applaud (“this is not a performance”, said the pastor), it was mighty hard not to when that sweet little 3 year old recited Psalm 95!!

Here is the list of the subtitles from the programme, after an introductory drama showing that whatever we try to do for salvation, “It’s Not Enough”; but Jesus, God’s Final Word (Hebrews 1:1-4):

  • Victor over Death (Hebrews 2:1-9)
  • A Brother Beyond Imagination (Hebrews 2:10-12)
  • God’s Promised Rest (Psalm 95)
  • Our Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  • Our Disciple Maker (Hebrews 5:11-14)
  • Our Confidence to Draw Near to God (Hebrews 10:19-25)
  • Our Faith-filling Hope (Hebrews 11… dramatically recited by two young boys!)
  • The Pioneer and Perfecter of Our Faith (Hebrews 12:1-3)
  • Our Present and Coming King (Hebrews 12:22-24)
  • Our Holiness (Hebrews 13)

“I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT)

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