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A few families gathering weekly in host-homes throughout the community are the hands & feet of the Body of Christ at South Church. The horizontal mission of the Church must be rooted in vertical love & knowledge of the Lord. As Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Restore families seek to live out what is learned through Proclaim & Sustain.

Followers of Jesus, linked in arms, facing outward: growing in Truth, living on mission, sharing life together.

First Wednesday Prayer & Devotion

6:30-7:30pm — South Church Nursery
Restore breaks monthly for First Wednesday Prayer & Devotion

Restore recaps

latest happenings in & through Restore

tuesday "Looking to Jesus..." -Hebrews 12.2

"We are pressed on every side"... pretty well sums it up for our Restore family.

Our trials, as yours, are many, forcing us to cling to Christ for strength, power to love where we don't naturally, and reminders that He is on His way: this is not our Home. These glimpses in the Scripture rejuvenate and kindle new hope that does not disappoint. We do not win all of our skirmishes, but--hallelujah!--the War is already won by Christ!!!

Please keep us in your prayers as we serve and hope to love each other better and better, by grace.

Pray for the Findleys, pray for the Chiles, pray for the McAfees, and the Smiths, pray for Les and the Keuers, pray for Bobbi. Pray for our wisdom, direction and zeal to keep on persevering in the Lord's service despite many emotional and physical obstacles.

It was our joy to participate in the fellowship & campout for families with middle & high schoolers this past weekend. We supplied lots of coffee, breakfast tacos, lunches and drinks before they headed off to float the river after devotion! :)

The Stephens have a new grand-baby boy and are rotating time here managing a monster garden and going to Dallas to be with kids. Pray for their road safety as well as Brad's.

1Peter 3:12-19

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wednesday Living the Faith

Some updates on the Wednesday Restore Family:

  1. John and Anna have stepped aside for a break.
  2. Chuck Dobson is leading until a replacement can be found
  3. The group is now meeting at 714 West Creek. Laura Devin's home.
  4. We are in conversations with a group of young women about joining our Restore family.

"Jesus isn't God."

At last week's Restore family meeting, we had an opportunity to live our faith: a friend was invited. Amen & thank You, Jesus!

Are you inviting people to your Restore family?
Do you have a Restore family?

Anyhow, first rattle out of the box our newly invited friend came out swinging, stating effectively that Jesus wasn't God. What would you do? How would you handle it? What would you say?

We meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Join us... and bring a friend.

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monday Joy To The World

Yes! Joy to the world, and this be the Joy of our hearts and souls!

For unto us a child is born , to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9.6

With Christmas close at hand, the Advent season upon us, and right on the heels of our closing of yet another 9 Marks study, Conversion, the significance of His coming carries a new weight for some in our Monday night Restore family. One that is worthy of reverent meditation in awe of just how blessed we are to receive the Son of God and the gift of His Holy Spirit who gives us peace with the Father: friendship--or better yet, sonship--versus enmity; a reconciliation rooted in sorrow replaces our pride; God's mercy in place of His all-consuming wrath; His grace in place of deserved neglect; indescribable joy versus sadness; a well of hope rather than despair.

Transformation. Conversion.

The reason we can celebrate this gift of conversion is the same reason we celebrate Christmas.

For there is one God, and one Mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. -1 Timothy 2.5

We have learned that true conversion manifests itself through the fruit of our lives, and we also know that two main components of the Fruit of the Spirit are love and faithfulness: the foundation of the Christian life. It is because He first loved us that we are able to love; it is because of His faithfulness that we are able to be faithful; through His goodness and lovingkindness that we have been chosen. Adopted... Redeemed... Converted... Saved.

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! -John 1.29

Dear Church family, may we be so full of care, thanksgiving, and praise as we consider such Truth this Christmas. What a gift Christ is to us! And what a gift it is also to have God's Word, the Truth, to study together in freedom (physically and spiritually) in our Restore families.

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. -John 8.32

What a privilege to know the Savior, Immanuel, Messiah, Yahweh--the One we have been saved to.

We have found the Messiah. -John 1.41

Rejoice! He hasn't only ransomed Israel!

The Lord has written such a beautiful and encouraging word in Hebrews 11 by citing the ancient heroes of faithfulness, the "great cloud of witnesses" surrounding believers, whose examples give testimony of faith, God's converting work, His transforming power, and the grace of Jesus Christ which keeps us all.

Therefore, since we have been given the gift of the Christ child, the Great High Priest,

"let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching." -Hebrews 10.22-25

We recently put our youngest as well as our old(er) Restore brothers and sisters to work filling envelopes in an efort to aid The Good Samaritan Clinic during their annual fundraiser. Everyone worked diligently, enjoyed the warm fellowship, and cookies, hot chocolate, and prayer afterwards.

We look forward to Taryn Hastings return home from College Station for the Christmas break, and are gearing up for our annual Christmas Eve Service with the First Responders. We plan to provide gifts, dinner, desserts, worship in song, a short message, and prayer. It is our petition that this ministry is as much a blessing to those receiving as it is to those giving. We cherish these times of service together!

Please keep Theresa Jones and her upcoming mission trip to Thailand in your prayers. We are grateful for your financial & prayerful support as she prepares to become a laborer in our Father's harvest field.

Thank you for your unity in mind and spirit through Christ. Merry Christmas!

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