The Weekly Focal Point - December 26

Return of Christ

This could be the year.  Perhaps on God’s eschatological calendar he chose this year as the time for the completion of his Son’s work of assembling to himself a people for God’s possession.  Maybe this year the Church will reach its evangelistic consummation and Christ will be sent to meet the last generation of his Bride face to face. Remember that Jesus’ emphatic and repeated emphasis on no one knowing the date or time of his return was not given to diminish his disciples’ expectation, it was given to increase it. The strategic ambiguity was not to lull his people into inactivity, it was to motivate them work at church growth as though this could be the week! Clearly God wants us to always be ready and expectant of his return! Peter even hints that we can “hasten” the day of Christ’s return as we seek to bring just one more life to the place of repentance and faith in Jesus (2 Peter 3:9 & 12).  May we embark on another great season of ministry, mindful that this could be the year.

-- Pastor Mike

DECEMBER OFFER

December offer

December has arrived and, as such, we have officially entered what is known as the Christmas season.  As the word “season” implies, Christmas will be here for a short while and then gone again for another year.  We enjoy our annual traditions but the reality is, in a short month it’s all going right back up into the attic. Unfortunately, this can be true on a spiritual level, as well. It is easy to fall into the trap of viewing the message of Christmas as a seasonal one. In the New Testament gospel accounts, however, the nativity story is not an isolated event.  Rather, it is an opening scene to the larger narrative of the greatest story ever told.  Jesus’ birth sets the stage as the drama of God’s redemptive plan for mankind unfolds. 

At Focal Point, we exist to proclaim that Good News over the radio and the Internet all year long.  Through the expositional teaching of God’s Word, the life-changing truth of the Gospel is presented on our program every single day.  I hope you have been encouraged through this ministry!  As we focus on providing biblical teaching that is both relevant and accurate, we rely on your support to make Focal Point available.  Your donation helps us cover the cost of broadcasting these daily studies on your station and across the nation.  There is no time of year when your gift matters more to us than right now!  Your special year-end gift is greatly appreciated and will go far in helping us finish out 2013 strong.

As a way to express our thanks for your donation of any amount, I would like to send you a resource that will complement your Bible study.  This book is titled, The Essential Bible Companion:  Key Insights for Reading God’s Word.  This helpful guide gives essential details on every book of the Bible, including timelines, key characters, maps, historical and cultural background and more.

Request The Essential Bible Companion with your donation of any amount this month.

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