Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Celebrating His Coming - the 4 weeks of Advent

Week 4
 This week our men shared a wonderful presentation focusing on the Person of Jesus Christ.
Using passages from I John 1, John 1, as well as Philippians 2;  the men reminded us of how Worthy our Savior is of our worship, our confidence and our love.  
It was a powerful end to our programs being led by our men to reflect on our Savior.

James ended our Advent Sunday by looking at Matthew 2 and studying how the Wisemen received Jesus as King. 

After the service our ladies presented a box of special christmas goodies to one of the families in our church. 

We praise God for the generosity and love the people of Redemption Baptist have for one another!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Celebrating His Coming - The 4 weeks of Advent

Week 3 
Ladies Presentation
 This week we celebrated how Christ's coming at Christmas led the way to Redemption for those who believe in Him.  We looked at Ephesians 2 which reminds us of our condition without Christ...Dead in our sins, slaves to the prince of this earth.  Then Jesus came, and by His grace called us to new life, and freedom in HIM!
We ended our program by doing Cardboard testimonies.  It was challenging as none of our ladies had ever seen it done. In the end everyone was moved to see evidences of God's transforming grace in the lives of their sisters in Christ. 

Dn. Lore shared in her testimony:
My son died,
I blasphemed God.
Then God is His great mercy comforted me, consoled me and today I am happy to serve Him!

Another lady shared:
I was a Liar.
Today I speak the truth because I have come to KNOW Him who is the TRUTH.

 I am so thankful for each of these ladies and their commitment to the Lord.  Their willingness to openly share what God is doing in their lives not only encourages us all, it binds us together in new and more meaningful ways. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Celebrating His Coming - the 4-weeks of Advent

Week 2

 This week we celebrated His coming with the young people at IBR.
Alex, one of the older teens in our church has been giving guitar lessons to four teens and one child for about  6 months.  Sunday they started out our service leading the congregation in song.  
What a blessing to hear a choir of guitars praising our Savior!
 The teens did an excellent job of exalting Emmanuel, God with us.
They challenged us to receive Christ in the same spirit as the shepherds, Simeon and Mary...
with Joy, Gratitude and Obedience.   
 We are so thankful for Sandro and Gilmara as they have led the teen group this year. 
 Rachel has also been very involved in discipling of our two young ladies. 
Pray with us for these young people as they have a huge opportunity to be used by God here in Florianópolis to exalt our King of Kings!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Celebrating His Coming - the 4-weeks of Advent

 This year our church is celebrating Christmas with four short programs; 
one each Sunday of Advent.  
Sunday was the first program and the children of the world called us to 
Come and Worship God in a manger! 
 After a year of piano lessons with Aunt Rachel, all three of our kids played Christmas songs as part of the program.  Hannah, who was dressed as a dutch girl, did a wonderful joy playing  
O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
 Jeremiah, one of our wise men, played Go Tell it on the Mountain!
Daniel played during the lighting of the first advent candle.  He played several duets with Aunt Rachel.  They each did a wonderful job and James and I are very proud of their hard work and their joy in serving the Lord through music.  

Pray for us and the next three presentations.  We are using each of these Sundays as special days to invite loved one and neighbors to hear the Good News of the Gospel -- God´s gift to us this Christmas!