Facing The Yet To Come

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 12/24/2023 10:00 AM

Ever considered how a glimpse into your future might alter your present trajectory? Join us as we journey with Scrooge, guided by the ominous Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, to confront the haunting possibilities that lie ahead. We'll explore the transformative power of facing our own potential legacies and how the echoes of our choices significantly impact the world around us. As we navigate through the evocative tale of redemption, we invite you to reflect alongside us on the profound realities of living a life steeped in Christ-like love and holiness. This episode promises to shed light on the weight of our actions and the indelible marks they leave, urging us toward a pathway of positive influence and lasting joy.

Feel the comfort of God's promises as we delve into scripture and the prophetic teachings of Mary, revealing the certainty of a future under divine sovereignty. This promised era of peace, free from pain and division, is not merely a distant hope but an unfolding reality that we are called to actively shape. In this heartfelt conversation, we underscore our role as agents of God's kingdom here and now, fostering peace, justice, and community even amidst the shadows of our current world. Allow the season's spirit to embolden you as we discuss the strength and guidance bestowed upon us by Jesus Christ, and how we can embrace and advance the manifestation of God's peace and unity today.


  • First Reading: Psalm 113
  • Second Reading: Luke 1:26-38
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday The Promised Messiah Arrives: Luke 2:1-20
Tuesday A Trip to Jerusalem: Luke 2:21-24
Wednesday Songs in the Temple: Luke 2:25-40
Thursday Boy Jesus in the Temple: Luke 2:41-52
Friday The Baptist Prepares the Way: Mark 1:1-8
Saturday Baptized and Tempted: Mark 1:9-13
Sunday Jesus' Ministry Begins: Mark 1:14-20

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Heavenly Father, I embrace this morning with gratitude for the vision You have set before me. Grant me the courage to face the future with faith, shaping my legacy in alignment with Your will. May Your wisdom guide my choices, that I may leave a mark of Your love and grace upon this world. In Christ's name, I ask this. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Gracious God, thank You for guiding me through another day. As I lay down to sleep, I entrust my future into Your hands. May the lessons of this day fortify my resolve to build a legacy that honors You. Teach me to trust in the unfolding reality of Your kingdom and to find solace in Your presence. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: How can I better recognize the transformative power of my choices and their impact on the world, ensuring they reflect Christ-like love and holiness?

  • Reflection Question: How might confronting the potential outcomes of my actions inspire me to live a life that brings joy and benefit to myself and others?

  • Reflection Question: In what practical ways can I serve as an agent of God's kingdom, promoting peace, justice, and community in my daily interactions?