from the NorthLife Youth team! It’s Pastor Asa here. As my wife and I prepare to host a few friends at our house today for a great feast, I’ve written a short list of things I’m thankful to God for this Thanksgiving…
- love and relationships – God has blessed us with rich friendships in every season of our lives.
- family and belonging – I have a wonderful wife and son, but I’ve also been adopted into God’s family along with everyone else who believes in and loves Jesus. We have a home where we can reflect God’s love by hosting people in it and treating them with kindness and generosity.
- undeserved blessings – God has been so faithful to me and my family, and he has provided salvation through Jesus Christ as a free gift to all who believe.
- God’s purpose – The Bible teaches that our suffering is not wasted. God is using everything to accomplish his will and to transform and satisfy me in himself.
- God’s presence – I’m learning that he is just as present with us in times of doubt and discouragement as he is in times of plenty and sunshine.
- God’s ultimate promise – One day sin and death will be swallowed up forever by God, no more to oppress and destroy those who love him.
- The Feast – I am about to share a feast with my family and friends. It is a glimpse of what is to come for Christians. God has invited us all to come to a great feast. In him we are loved, accepted, protected, and satisfied. We share in his joy, peace, and friendship, all with one another.
The Bible talks about feasts quite a bit, whether in the context of a parable told by Jesus in the gospels, or alluding to the future day where all God’s ransomed people from every nation will gather around to celebrate the victory he has won for them over sin and death forever, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Be encouraged by these words of hope from Isaiah 25:
1 O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
- Movie Night* – Friday, November 15 @ Caleb and Jasmine Armstrong’s
- Christmas Party – Friday, December 20 @ Andre and Tara Cassell’s
- Home addresses and important documents are available on the About page. A few regularly attending students have not submitted the required forms. Please do so.
*In the future we will not be announcing beforehand any chosen film for the sake of a fresh experience and discussion for our students during movie nights. However, parents may inquire of any details if they wish. As always, we will exercise great caution and discernment in our movie selections, and we encourage parents to be able to talk about the films with their students, as well.
After a wonderful critical thinking movie night (great turnout with great studetns) hosted by Josh and Sally Samuel and facilitated by Jasmine Armstrong, we are continuing our journey through the gospel of John this Friday evening at Jimmy and Heather Burchett’s. Prepare by reading chapter 4 and bringing a questions or observation to share with the group. See you there!