His Mercy For Those Who Fear Him + Midweek Update
Good morning Immanuel. In Christ, the glory of God does not condemn but restores!
"And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation." (Luke 1:50)
What comes to mind when you think of the fear of God? Often we associate it with every reason to run away and hide. In the Bible, when people encountered God's holiness, they trembled in His presence. When Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord, he lamented his spiritual condition. When Jesus revealed his glory to the disciples, Peter was afraid and wanted Jesus to depart his presence. Those responses make sense because fear and condemnation go together. But here in Luke 1, it is not fear and condemnation that pair up; it is fear and mercy! His mercy is for those who fear him. His mercy is for us. Mary rejoices because the holiness of God includes his eagerness to redeem His people. She saw the deeper reality that God’s glory was not coming down to terrify us but to bless and restore us! His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
November 16, 2022 - Immanuel At a Glance
SUNDAY SERMON - For our 15th Anniversary, our founding pastor Ray Ortlund led us in a time of reflecting on God’s faithfulness! View the sermon here.
SIDEBAR PODCAST - This week on the Immanuel Sidebar Podcast, Tony and Pastor TJ reflect on Ray Ortlund’s sermon and discuss 15 years of God’s faithfulness.
TONIGHT, THE BOOK OF ACTS - Pastor TJ will continue our study in the book of Acts tonight! Please invite a friend! Doors open at 6 PM.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 - No Wed. Nights at Immanuel in observance of Thanksgiving.
On the Horizon
FRIENDSGIVING - At Immanuel, we believe that no one should have to spend Thanksgiving alone. If you are looking for ways to connect with others during the Thanksgiving holiday, or if you have room for others at your Thanksgiving table, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAROLFEST- Save the date! CarolFest is coming up on Friday, December 9th! Doors open at 5:30 pm with hot cocoa and hot dogs on the grill. Our Kids Carolfest Cookie Contest begins at 6 pm, and the Carolfest programming begins at 6:30 pm! Be on the lookout for more info!
DIGITAL KROGER GIFT CARDS - Our Park Avenue ministry is collecting $25 Kroger gift cards to help Park Avenue Elementary families put a Thanksgiving meal on the table this November. Today is the deadline to submit your Kroger Gift Cards. You can donate digital Kroger Gift Cards in any amount by following the link here. The recipient email should be email@example.com.