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Why Peace?

December 10, 2014
10 Dec 2014

CVC-Christmas

17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 14.17)

1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

(Luke 2.1-5)

Can you imagine a world where everything is good? Where shalom is the norm? Where every person, every endeavor, every thought is good? This was the world God created. This was a place of peace, of flourishing, for all people and all things, to the glory of God and the good of others.

It didn’t take long for peace to move to hostility. It didn’t take long for mutual benefit to move to selfish ambition. Today, we live in a world where peace is often times hard to come by. But a world of hostility, hatred and selfish ambition is not the life God intends for us. God desires a kingdom of peace, of righteousness, of joy for all in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). God has created us to live in peace and to reflect the God of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33) that we serve with our lives.

When we live in peace, God is glorified because He is the God of peace. We reflect Him through peace, but we also receive lives of good, of flourishing. This is why peace matters!

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” For His glory and our good!


Families With Young Children

Read Psalm 46:10. KIDS, God knew we could not have perfect peace without Him. He desires for us to know the kind of peace that can only come from Him. He desires us to have that peace because He loves us. When we know Jesus, our hope in God is real and we can trust Him at all times. It is a gift to have peace in our hearts.

How would you describe peace? Why does God want us to have peace in our lives?  Why does God want us to live at peace with others? How can you show peace at home, at school, on the playground, during games or while playing with friends?

Read Luke 2:1-5. KIDS, Have you ever taken a long trip? How did you travel – by car, train, bus, or plane? How would you feel if you had to ride a donkey for that long journey? Well, that is exactly how Mary and Joseph had to travel in the days leading up to the birth of baby Jesus. Where did Mary and Joseph go? (Bethlehem) 

As you pray, thank God for bringing Mary and Joseph safely to Bethlehem and thank Him for all the times He has taken you and your family safely from one place to another. Thank Him for His gift of peace, thank Him for wanting us to have peace, thank Him for giving you a peaceful day and ask Him to give you peace as you sleep. Ask Him to continue showing you how to be peaceful with others.

HUMILITY LOOKS GOOD ON EVERYONE

December 9, 2014
09 Dec 2014

CVC-Christmas

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4.6

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5.5-7

REFLECTION

Jesus is the King of Kings, yet He arrived as a humble servant. Humility is not thinking you are less, it is never forgetting the fact that it is Jesus who made you more. So, how do you become like Jesus? How do you develop a spirit of humility?

Humility is the byproduct of being with Jesus. Anyone who walks intimately with Him will not think more highly of himself than he should. To be loved by Jesus and invited into a relationship with Him, is all we need to right-size ourselves and to assume His gentleness and grace.

To be humble doesn’t mean you have to be weak. God has given you all you need to live confidently as His. The proud will never truly lift up God’s name in praise. Yet He raises the humble to new heights.

MEDITATION AND PRAYER

A Private Litany of Humility

From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of comfort and ease, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being criticized, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being passed over, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being lonely, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being hurt, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering, deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like yours.
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, strengthen me with your Spirit.
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, teach me your ways.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
help me put my self-importance aside
to learn the kind of cooperation with others
that makes possible the presence of your Abba’s household. Amen.

 

Adapted from a prayer by Rafael,
Cardinal Merry Del Val, 1865–1930

JESUS IS OUR FEAST

December 8, 2014
08 Dec 2014
CVC-Christmas
35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

REFLECTION

Jesus doesn’t just give you what you need; Jesus is what you need. Your heart was created by Him, for Him. You can fight and claw to gain the world, but without Jesus, you will never be completely satisfied.

If there is a growing discontent deep inside your heart—a hunger that hasn’t been completely satisfied by the people, pleasures, parties, material things, or accomplishments—today is the day to open your heart to the idea that it is Jesus that you were made for. But you have to walk away from “less,” and ask Him to become your “more.” Jesus is enough for you, and He is here.

MEDITATION

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem,
Unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Latin, c. 12th century
Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710
Translated by John Mason Neale, 1818–1866, alt.
Stanzas 1 & 4

PRAYER

Father, You alone know how hard I have searched for satisfaction in the people and things of this world. But they are broken, and I am too. You alone can fill my hungry heart. You alone have the love that is like no other. You never change. Open my eyes today. Show me Your riches and glory. Help me know You more. Let me see the feast of You that is set before me, so I may delight myself in You alone. Amen.

 

-Louie Giglio

BE STILL

December 5, 2014
05 Dec 2014
CVC-Christmas
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46.10-11

A time of stillness as we wait in hope on the Lord.

REFLECTION

Quiet moments are rare and it can be difficult to find stillness, but take a few minutes today to quietly and deeply consider the Lord. Try not to read or study or be distracted—just be still and meditate on the person of Jesus and all He has done for you. Think about His birth, His infancy, and the dawn of light rising over a dark and weary world. Think about His death and sacrifice, and the gift of life He extends to you. Meditate on His resurrection, His power over the darkness and the grave. Drink in His presence and in the stillness seek His face. And think about His coming, the day you will see Him face to face.

MEDITATION

Take a moment and just be quiet before Him. Think about Jesus and take confidence in Him.

PRAYER

Father, I am waiting here for You. Meet me in the silence. Meet me in this moment. Meet me in and through Your Son and by Your Spirit. Amen.

New Member Class

December 4, 2014
04 Dec 2014

CVC-NewMember

Our next New Member class will be Saturday, December 13th from 9am – 11am.  We’ll be meeting at Heritage Christian Academy.

12006 Shadow Creek Parkway
Pearland, TX 77584

We’ll discuss what it means to be a member of CityView.

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