Christmas Musical – The Source of Joy

Over the past decade, thousands have made coming to the musical at Mt. Horeb a family tradition. Invite your family and friends to come discover the true joy of Christmas. This event is intended to be a free gift to the community – no tickets are required!

December 13th – 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM

December 14th – 9:00 AM & 10:30 AM

Advent Sermon Series – Adventageous

For the four weeks leading up to Christmas, the christian church worldwide will be celebrating Advent. This season is focused on the themes of Love, Hope, Joy and Peace. But why should Advent matter to us? Join us for our Christmas series, “Adventageous,” as we discover how Love, Hope, Joy and Peace create favorable circumstances that increase the chances of experiencing God’s grace and mercy.

November 29th & 30th – Love

December 6th & 7th – Hope

December 13th & 14th – Joy (Christmas Musical)

December 20th & 21st – Peace

Summer Sermon Series – Skeptic

On July 12, we will be starting a very exciting summer series entitled Skeptic. This will be a 6 week study that unpacks some of the biggest questions people have about the Christian faith, including: Is there a God? Who is Jesus? Can the Bible be trusted? Why do bad things happen? Do we really need the Church? Is sin really a big deal? We will be taking an honest look at the the skepticism that resides in all of us. What kind of faith do we have if it can’t stand up to the questions life throws at us? Find out during Skeptic!

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After a long day we met some friends for dinner.  Although the town was large, the restaurant was small.  The people we were meeting are “believers.” In the United States we might call them Christians, or church-goers, but in this Central Asian country, it means you get a table in the back corner so you your conversation will remain private.

Conversation was difficult.  Not because of a language barrier, but because the owner of the establishment fired up the karaoke machine and began belting out a variety of songs both native and American.  I will never listen to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to say I Love You” in the same way again.

I learned a lot about sharing Christ where the culture is non-Christian and the government is suspicious of religion. I was told you don’t speak (especially English) when the police were around because that might raise suspicion.  I wondered what to do when we arrived at the apartment for a “club meeting” and the police were there asking questions.  The police left, the meeting was held and while we celebrated a new attendee asking a question about spiritual matters, we later prayed that no one in the group would be offended by our testimony and thus jeopardize the resident status of our workers in the field.

I learned a lot about “incarnational ministry.”  Just as Jesus had to enter our world to reach us, believers must enter the world and culture of Central Asia if we are to reach them.  I stand in awe of a young man who has given up all the freedoms and privileges the United States has to offer to commit his life to reaching non-believers. Yet he would say he has left nothing of value and gained a new home, new friends, and a life filled with purpose.

I learned there are some very “dark” places in the world.  When God is shut out of society it shapes all areas of life, from integrity to responsibility to values.  True, there is a crack in the iron curtain, but it is only a crack, which some former Soviet governments are trying to close quickly to keep the light of Christ from shining.

In the middle of our dinner conversation my attention was drawn to the karaoke singer. Not because he finally started singing on tune, but because of the lyrics coming out of his mouth.  “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept and remembered Zion . . . .”  Here in the heart of a country that is predominantly Muslim and officially hostile towards religion I heard the words to a familiar song . . . or rather Psalm!

Psalm 137 is a song the Israelites sang while in exile–a time when God seemed far away. The opening lines to the Psalm were taken by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton and written into a pop song in 1970. While Dowe and McNaughton are not Christians, their song, like the Psalm, refers to living in a repressive society longing for freedom.  A fitting song for the Israelites, a fitting message for the country in which I was a visitor.

Perhaps the most important thing I learned is that despite being half way around the world, despite the differences in culture, government, and language; people everywhere are longing for freedom from oppression. I am thankful for the freedom our country provides, yet despite this freedom many live in bondage.  Issues of addiction, self-esteem, finances, and brokenness keep many of us from experiencing the freedom only Jesus can provide.

I pray for my new friends in Central Asia. I pray for the Americans who have dedicated their lives to reaching non-believers.  I pray for the pastors and congregations who gather with a bold fear that puts my faith to shame. I pray for more cracks in the curtain where God’s light might shine. I pray for people everywhere, even in the United States, that struggle to enjoy the freedom God so lovingly wants us to experience.  I pray for that day in the future when people from all over the world with gather by the river of life and sing a line from the next Psalm in the book; “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

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 12 Step Prayer Guide

 

Focus

on

God

INTIMACY
3 minutes on each

1. Be Still
for silence, slowing down and preparing for prayer.
2. Be Worshipful
for praise, exaltation of God’s name, and worship.
3. Be Thankful
for giving thanks to God for everything.

   

 

 

Focus

on

You

 INSPECTION
3 minutes on each

1. Confession
for personal confession of sin, self examination and surrender to God.
2. Clothe in Armor
for reading and applying promises and principles of authority of the believer.
3. Cast you Care
for personal burdens to be laid down before the cross.

   

 

 

Focus

on

Others

 INTERCESSION – LOCAL
3 minutes on each

1. Souls
plead with God for your 10 most wanted list.
2. Saints
for the body of Christ, the families by name.
3. Sickness
for corporate prayer and anointing and for healing of mind, body, and spirit.

   

 

 

Focus

on

World

 INTERCESSION – GLOBAL
3 minutes on each

1. Ministers
Ministers/servants – for leaders, pastors, Sunday School, outreach, etc.
2. Missionaries
for prayer for the world’s peoples and missionaries.
3. Magistrates
for our world and national leaders, president, senate, etc.

Children and Youth are a very important part of our ministry at Mt. Horeb . The protection and safety of our children and youth are also very important to our church. A new policy has been approved for all individuals who volunteer or work with any of our children or youth.

The new policy is known as our Safe Sanctuary Policy. All individuals who have completed CYPT training in the past must complete the Safe Sanctuary Training before the end of 2012 in order to be in compliance with the new policy. Individuals who are between the ages of 18 to 23 years of age will complete additional training during the class. The additional training is called “Boundaries Training”. Young adults between 18 and 23 years of age must be referred to the training by a Director from one of our Ministry areas.

Regular scheduled Safe Sanctuary training classes are the first Wednesday of each month at 7:45 in room 2209.  In addition to the regularly scheduled classes additional classes will be made available through out the year.  The schedule of these additional classes will be posted to the web and in the weekly announcements.

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