Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

This Christmas its my prayer that you and your family be blessed and prosperous in every way in this coming new year. We are so blessed and have a greater desire to serve the will of God then ever before. I believe this is a very important time for believers. A time to hold the name of Jesus High!

Thanks to all of you who read this blog and have a great time with your family and friends this Christmas Holiday! God bless you all!

Sincerely

David Gadberry

The Greatest Gift

The greatestest gift is without question Jesus Christ.

As my family grows and I get older the gifts I want become more and more clear and less and less material. Don’t get me wrong I love to get great gifts just like the next person, but when I really think about what I want for Christmas it is for my family to be together, for everyone to be healthy, and cared for and most importantly that myself and my family are serving and intimately connected to God through his son Jesus.

The more I think about it that is all our father God was trying to do when He gave us the best gift ever. Literally the greatest gift known to man.

I love giving gifts: there is nothing like hearing your spouse or kids say, this is the best gift ever! It makes your heart swell to know you hit the mark, you identified what would make the most impact on them and you made it happen. Wow! What a great feeling that is!

There is a scripture that personifies this thought.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:17, 18 NKJV)

And it’s related to this scripture:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17, 19 NKJV)

God saw our world his intended family, He saw the corruption, the confusion, and condemnation and decided to give us a gift. Not just any gift but the greatest gift.

This gift was…

1. Not the most flamboyant, but definitely the most expensive

2. Not the most prominent but definitely the most powerful

3. Not the most popular but definitely the most prolific!

This gift, the greatest gift, was not wrapped in the most beautiful paper but in swaddling clothes, it was not presented to the world in pomp and circumstance but in the humblest of contexts, this gift was the person of Jesus. God himself brought down from majesty to the very minimum of modesty the form of a baby.

This gift…

1. The perfect given son became flesh to become sin

2. The compassionate savior of our souls became sin to become our sacrifice

3. The victor over death hell and the grave became our sacrifice to become our savior.

And all for what?

To bring us as a gift to his father to say father your family is home together, healthy, healed, and whole.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NKJV)

Wish You a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy new year!

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV)

A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. (Proverbs 17:22 MSG)

I love this passage of scripture, it’s so true, but could be perceived incorrectly if interpreted from the paradigm of so many people today.

It seems to me, many people today are lead by their emotions and lead by emotion. People tend to live life reactively based on their feelings.

If we interpret this with that thinking then we lose the meaning altogether. Happiness or being Merry doesn’t happen to us, we choose it. We decide to be merry and with that choice comes health.

How do we choose to be cheerful or positive?

1. Decide not to let our emotions rule us.

2. Choose the positive over the negative daily.

3. Choose to laugh. Find reasons to laugh, make reasons to laugh.

4. Enjoy life.

5. Live life based on biblical principles and tell your emotions to line up with the bible, don’t let your emotions push you around.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Joy to the World!

Joy to the world the Lord is come, let earth receive her king, let every heart prepare him room, let heaven and nature sing, let heaven and nature sing, let heaven and nature sing.

I read these words and ask myself how aware are we of the plan of salvation today? The whole purpose of God becoming man in a humble and lowly way to be a true propitiation for our sins.

In this world of cultural and moral relativism and the perpetuation of political correctness which is tolerant of seemingly everything accept Christianity. I want to, with loving passion and compassion, say earth receive your king, people make room for Him in your heart. He loves us, became one of us, gave himself for us, and is the fulfillment of Gods love our purpose and the meaning of life.

Joy will not come by the pacification of immorality or the attempt of man to be God or of the acquiring the most stuff. Joy comes from knowing who was sent to us by the deceleration, “Joy to the World!”

By the very act of His being sent, joy accompanied Him. To accept Him is to have Joy. Not a mere happy feeling of emotion but a deep fulfillment and deep spiritual assurance of peace in our heart.

Thank you Jesus for your love, compassion, humility, care and kingship. Because you first loved me I love you.

If you don’t know Jesus today, Ask him to reveal himself to you. Ask him to forgive your sins, confess Him as your lord and savior and receive His gift of grace. He loves you. Make room the king wants to live with you.

The Birth of Grace

These are my notes from a Christmas message…”The Birth of Grace”

Matthew 1:23 (msg)
…She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus – ‘God saves’ – because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term: Watch for this, a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; they will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for God is with us)

The idea of the son of God being born to be the Savior of mankind, also included him being mankind’s sacrifice. Giving us salvation through grace. Unearned, undeserved, unmerited Favor of God.

Meaning when Jesus was born, Grace entered the earth. Mankind would never be the same again.

Several ways we see grace given in the birth of Jesus.

1. We see grace being prophesied through his family tree.
• There were only four women mentioned in his family tree. Only Four, and all four had particular stories of redemption and Grace.
o Matthew 1:3 Tamar
• Geneses 38: Tamar’s story is one of vindication, one of justice, wrong things being made right. Redemption. One of her sons name was perez (break forth) and the other zerah (Scarlet, as in the color, crimson)
o Matthew 1:5 Rahab
• Joshua 2: Rahab was a harlot but had heard the stories of Gods people and believed, so she hid the spies and she and her family were saved, redeemed. The spies said, your lives for our lives. Just hang this “scarlet” Thread out the window, and bring all your family in, and you will be saved.
o Matthew 1:5 Ruth
• Ruth: The entire story of Ruth is about redemption. About her Kinsmen redeemer who purchased her and gave her offspring an inheritance. Her son was David’s Grandfather. Jesus became our kinsman redeemer.
o Matthew 1:6 Bathsheba (wife of Uriah)
• We know the story of Bathsheba and how her life was marred by adultery but in her and David’s repentance they were redeemed and she became the mother and teacher to the wisest man on the earth.

2. We see Grace In Joseph’s handling of the entire situation.
• Joseph before he knew it was God, did not want to shame or embarrass Mary, he extended grace to her. He walked in grace throughout the birth of Jesus and the upbringing of Jesus. The amplified said he handled Jesus tenderly.

3. We see Grace in His Name
• Jesus (Joshua) Savior
• Immanuel, Hebrew for God is with us

4. We see Grace in the Conception of Mary.
• Luke 1:46-55 Although Mary was a virgin She was a human and not perfect but God gave her grace and allowed her to be the carrier of the great gift to mankind.

5. We see Grace in the Angels declaration of the birth of Jesus
• For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto, you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, good will towards men.

6. We find Grace in The baby.
• The Fact the king of Kings came in the form of a baby, implies an act of Grace. He didn’t come to overthrow us but to be one of us, and be here for us, and to love us. In spite of our failings and his perfections. In spite of our weakness and his strengths. That is called Grace. Thank God for the birth of Grace.

When Jesus Was born, it was the birth of Grace, the completion of the law, and Now, though man couldn’t live up to the law, He has the opportunity to believe in Jesus, and His gift of Grace. The law did its job in showing us we can never meet its standard, so Jesus Came and in His grace he met the standard for us. Now all we need do, is believe.

Take this, study it for yourselves.

God bless you.
David

Reaching to Serve

I am so proud of how all of our campuses are serving in our communities. We are by far not the only people doing this, it’s exciting to me to see how many churches have awakened to the fact that our role is to do more than preach with our mouths, but help people in need. People with spiritual, physical, relational, financial, and emotional needs.

I have Pastor Friends here in the city and throughout the states and around the world who are truly making a difference and caring for people. Love is active, so we stay busy helping others. Here are some of the things we have done lately.

Our MWC campus just held a banquet for Military men and women. To appreciate them and let them know how much they truly mean to us. MWC houses Tinker air force base, and the area is populated with the military. It was just a way of saying thanks and it really made an impact.

MWC has also been tailgating at choctaw high school Home football games, giving away free burgers and hot dogs and just being available to the students and families. They have also been diligent in building an ongoing relationship with teachers, administration and students by going to the school and helping out.

Edmond Campus, held a benefit dinner not long ago, partnering with a local high school for a young man who had been injured in an accident and had been paralyzed. They raised money to help him pay for medical equipment and medical Care.

Edmond campus men have been visiting the elderly in one of the local nursing homes. They have provided snacks for college students on finals week, and put together goodie bags for a local football team for an away game.

OKC Campus at the start of school handed out free snacks and connected with college students. OKC is going into local public elementary schools, and doing an assembly on the value of reading. In one day we will be in front of several hundred students, and helping promote reading and reinforcing what their teachers are teaching. We will do this on the 18th of this month and again in the spring.

Stillwater blessed 10 families for thanksgiving, fed lunch to all the teachers at the middle school, and some of the administrative staff at OSU, as well as cleaned the Payne County Youth Shelter.

Norman has been tailgating at the OU football games. They have given out thousands of free food items (hot dogs, and breakfast burritos) and connected with lots of people. They have really helped some people while being a part of the fun in the community. They Even ended up on the fox sports show. How fun.

Cordell Campus took on a project to help renovate, clean, and do minor projects on a home for a single mom.

These are just some of the things we are doing. We have individuals in our church, who have outreaches to get blankets for the homeless, others who are getting socks for the homeless, and still others who are regularly feeding the homeless. We have men who are mentoring inner city youth and women who teaching and training young at risk women life skills and parenting.

So many other things are going on and we’re just getting ramped up. One of the things I like the most are the ministries all of our campuses come together for. Like our foster kids ministry. We provide a free camp in the summer for 80-100 foster kids, and we do something we call the “Tree of Hope” Its a way for people on every campus to get involved with giving a christmas to hundreds of kids. We have people take kids wish list off the tree and buy gifts for them, wrap them and bring them back for a big party we do after our Christmas production. This helps our foster kids and our RTG (rescue the girls) families.

The greatest part of all of this is that it’s God’s heart for His church to help those who are need, and as we are helping we can share the love, compassion, grace, and Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love Jesus and all that He stands for, and am privileged to work in His Kingdom. It’s an honor to serve people and it’s life changing for us as well.

By the way on all of the projects we do, we are partnering with local merchants, business people, city officials, and leaders. Partnership is the key.

We can all do something. Please comment and tell me some of the things you are doing with your church or on your own to help people.

Thanks
David