“I hope I will get what I want for Christmas. I hope things will work out in my marriage. I hope my children will make wise decisions. I hope my health will improve in the upcoming year. I hope my boss will see how valuable I am to the company and give me a raise. I hope I just bought the winning ticket in the lottery. I hope we can finally get pregnant and have a baby. I hope my team wins the Super Bowl. I hope I can find someone that makes me happy. I hope these bad things that keep coming my way will stop and I can be happy again. I hope…” What are you hoping for today? Continue reading “Hope Without End Luke 1:28-35”
We are in the Advent season. For those of you who didn’t grow up in church or for those who grew up in churches that didn’t observe the Advent season, I want to help you understand the importance of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin word, “adventus,” which means “coming or arrival.” The Latin Translation of the Bible in the fourth century, the Latin Vulgate, used the word “adventus” to describe the coming of the Son of God, both His coming as a baby born in a manger as well as His second coming. During this month we celebrate the coming of the Savior into our world and we are waiting for His arrival, His Second Coming. We are celebrating and yet we are waiting. This morning I want us to turn to a familiar section of God’s Word. If you will turn with me to Isaiah 9:1-7. Let’s read together.Continue reading “Prince of Peace “Celebrating and Waiting” Isaiah 9:1-7”
Isaiah was a prolific prophet in perilous times. He wrote 66 chapters that are filled with judgment, justice, love, and redemption. Throughout all 66 chapters, through the hard times as well as the seasons of peace and prosperity, there is a thread of hope. Some of the most vivid and awe-inspiring words of hope that have ever been produced are found in the pages of Isaiah. His brilliant and encouraging words are set against a backdrop of politically and spiritually unsettling and disastrous times. God moved upon Isaiah’s heart and he was able to write about God’s promises because he had his mind and heart fixed upon the sovereignty of Almighty God rather than the situations that the nation and the people found themselves enduring. You and I will benefit tremendously over the next four weeks if we will study this passage of Isaiah through and through, but for today we will fix our gaze upon one title that Isaiah gave to Jesus, our Messiah–He is the Wonderful Counselor. Continue reading “The Gift of Christmas: Wonderful Counselor Isaiah 9:1-7”
It was a Thursday, the 4th of April in 2013 to be exact. Matthew went to visit his mom and dad. Mom had fixed dinner for her son as she had done so many times during his 27 years of life. After dinner Matthew laid his head down on the table and said, “I’m just so tired.” The kind of fatigue Matthew was describing wasn’t from digging ditches or heavy lifting, but it was a mental and emotional fatigue that comes from a lifetime of battling mental illness that was wearing him out.
When Matthew left his mom and dad’s house, his mom continued the conversation by texting Matthew. Eventually the text conversation turned to Matthew wanting to end his life. His mom knew that he had a gun, but she had told her son in times past, “I will do anything to help you stay alive, but I can’t help you end your life.” Suddenly, the texting stopped. Mom continued to text Matthew, but there was no response. She went in and got her husband, who was suffering from pneumonia, out of bed. They drove to Matthew’s house, but there was no answer. They found out later that Matthew had shot himself. He was dead. Continue reading “Joy In The Midst of Sorrow John 15:11”
Victor Hugo was one of the great writers of the past. You may have never read any of his poems, plays, or novels, but I bet that many of you have seen the movie, Les Miserables, based on the book written by Victor Hugo in 1862. Mr. Hugo’s interests were much broader than writing. He was involved in politics, he was concerned about the inequalities he saw in society, and he used his writing abilities to try and influence his culture.
Victor was born in Besancon, France in 1802. The son of a general in Napoleon’s army, Victor was trained as a lawyer, but he was not really interested. He had begun writing while he was a teenager. When his mother found out about her son’s writing she encouraged it all the more. Victor’s mom died when he was just 19 and within two years he published his first novel.
From the time he was in his 20s, Victor had strong political opinions and he believed that literature should deal with the conflicts of society. Mr. Hugo got involved in the International Peace Congress which was first held in London in 1843. He presided over the gathering when they met in Paris in 1849. When he stood up to address the 2,000 participants he spoke these words: Continue reading “Peace On Earth? How About Peace in Me? Luke 2:13-14”
4 There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given by the same Spirit.5 There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord.6 There are different ways to work. But the same God makes it possible for all of us to have all those different things. 7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all.
God has equipped you to serve His people!
Prayerfully consider using your gifts to minister to BCC by HOSTINGor FACILITATINGa K-Group in the coming semester. The new semester kicks off on January 11th with a large group gathering at BCC and a leader’s meeting.
“…You’ve also got to have a weekly small group. Nobody has a complete perspective on life. Every one of us has blinders on. The people in your small group can see things in your life you can’t see. That’s why we need each other! You learn from the people in your small group as you encourage each other and your roots go deeper” (emphasis added).
We are looking to introduce several NEW group options for connecting our church at the heart!
Why wait until Christmas to start unwrapping gifts?
And DON’T wait until New Years to resolve to change!
BCC has the gift that keeps on giving!
All you have to do is receive it!
I’m talking about the gift of community!
Every week K-Groups meet, throughout Oklahoma City and Edmond, building community among the people of God right here at BCC! This semester is almost over, but you can still enjoy the gift.
On January 11th, 2015 we will begin our new semester of K-Groups. I STRONGLY encourage and invite you to JOIN A K-GROUP!! There are groups for ALL AGES! If you can’t find the “right” group to be a part of – maybe God is calling you to start a new one.
Think about this way, if for some odd reason BCC lost its building, it would not loose its impact in the community nor its influence upon the people of God! Because the church is meeting in people’s homes!
Acts 2 and Acts 4 remind us of the importance and value of a community of Believers who are committed to the call of God to be a light in the darkness spurring each other on to good works!
I’d LOVE for you to connect with us! Give yourself the gift of community! And, invite someone else to enjoy that gift with you!
If you are interested in JOINING A K-GROUP or you would like to START A NEW GROUP, please CONTACT: Tre’ Clark at (405) 521-7814 or by email: email@example.com!
Christmas can be one of the craziest times of the year. If we were to go back to Thanksgiving, as soon as we left the gathering of our loved ones, many of you already had a list of things to do as long as your arm. You’ve been working, frantically working, to get it all done before you get in your cars and go to grandma’s house or before all of your guests arrive at your house. You hit “Black Friday” to try and find bargains. You penciled in dates on your calendar for office parties, holiday concerts at your kid’s school, and Christmas parties with friends. You made a list of the things you needed to buy for everyone on your list. You adopted a family in our neighborhood who was in need.
Some of you haven’t had time to make out a list because you’ve been so pressed by the urgency of the moment that you had to turn away from the minutiae of the extraneous trappings of Christmas just to make it through the day. You’ve got family problems that are keeping you up at night. You’ve got relationships that are strained and broken. You are drowning in a sea of debt. This will be your first Christmas spent alone while your “ex” has your kids. This will be your first Christmas spent without…you fill in the blank. You’ve gone from work to the hospital so many times you’ve lost count and you are worn out. There’s just so much going on that you’ve had little time to even think about the real meaning of Christmas. Continue reading “We’ve Come to Worship Him! Matthew 2:1-11”
Every year, sometime around Thanksgiving, the reports start rolling in about how some are disturbed about the message of Christmas. We hear about another store won’t allow their employees to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas.” ESPN got in on the conversation this year. First they said they wouldn’t show a commercial for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital because of the line, “We celebrate the birth of Jesus.” Then they reversed their decision and now they will show it. We hear about another policy being implemented by a school district canceling Christmas parties and announcing the date of the “Holiday” party, another city won’t allow the public display of a Nativity scene, and the American Atheists roll out a new campaign to slam Jesus and His followers. This year is not any different than years gone by. I saw an ad, produced by the American Atheists that was showing in Times Square in New York City last week. Let me show it to you.
Some folks are just not happy about Christmas are they? Can I share a secret with you? That was the case long ago when the announcement of Jesus’ birth was first made. At the time of Jesus’ birth, Herod wasn’t happy about the announcement at all. Turn to Matthew 2 with me and let’s read the Scripture together.
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matthew 2:1-3 NIV)
The Magi, in their enthusiasm and excitement had traveled from the east to see the One who was born king of the Jews, but when Herod heard the news he was “disturbed.” Herod was disturbed. Not only was Herod disturbed, but we read at the end of verse 3 that he wasn’t the only one who was disturbed. Matthew says that among those who were disturbed were “all Jerusalem with him.” There were lots of folks disturbed about the announcement of Jesus’ birth. The Greek word that Matthew uses, which is translated, “disturbed,” is the word, “???????” (tarasso). The word means, “to agitate, to stir up, or to strike one’s spirit with fear and dread.” What was it that Herod feared? Why was he so stirred up when he heard about the One who was born king of the Jews? That’s a great question that has so much application for our own lives if we will take the time to learn. Continue reading “Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Matthew 2:1-3”
Christmas is a time of celebration! On Sunday, December 15, at 5 pm, The BCC Christmas Choir will share their annual Christmas Concert with our community. We want to encourage you to invite your friends and arrive early as each year our sanctuary is jam packed.