The Call to Intimacy with God

The Gospel addresses all of reality, every aspect of our lives, but it has within it a call to intimacy with God. This might be called “the heart part” of the Gospel. It’s God’s desire for intimacy with us and ours for intimacy with him. We need to get the heart part right. God calls for us, through Jesus Christ, to be united with him, and we need to respond. This begins as spiritual listening with the heart and develops as a desire to know God fully and fully enter into God’s love. It is made possible by a dying and emptying of self and the developing experience of the infilling of God’s love. It is a practice of abiding in Christ, and through it a transformation of mind takes place, a change of consciousness. This dynamic sharing of God’s nature recreates each of us and opens us to the mind of Christ and life in the Spirit. It draws us to be expressions of God’s love and action in the world. We seek to be established in union with God and recognize God’s presence and action in all the aspects of our lives. As the Apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:19 (ESV), we seek "to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God."

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, December 17

First Lesson Isaiah 61:1-4 , Isaiah 61:8-11
Psalm Psalm 126
Second Lesson 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
The Holy Gospel John 1:6-8 , John 1:19-28
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Upcoming Events

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Dec
All Saints Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

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Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
OSL Healing Service

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Dec
Lakeland
Date: 13 December 2017
Wednesday Evening Eucharist

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Dec
Date: 13 December 2017
We have separate MS and HS group times in the 6:00 o'clock hour and we are doing a simple dinner with our

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Dec
Date: 13 December 2017
Nov. 29th 6-7:00 p.m. First Pageant rehearsal for k-5th graders (no kid's club or God Squad) This day we

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Date: 13 December 2017
World Religions By, The Rev. Dr. L. Reid Hensarling September 6 Overview of The World's Religions September 13 The Development of Religion September 20 Ancient and Primal Religions September 27 Hinduism

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Date: 13 December 2017
The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story Textbook: The God who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D.A. Carson Susan Waldron September 6 The God Who Made Everything September

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Date: 13 December 2017
 Ignacio Morrell & Deacon Bob Johnson The History of Christianity From Pentecost to the Reformation Textbook: The Story of Christianity (Vol. 1 & 2) By Justo Gonzalez September 6

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Date: 13 December 2017
Old Testament Textbook: Old Testament Essentials, Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman III A Bible and notebook for journaling and class notes will needed (The Bookstore

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Dec
All Saint's Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 15 December 2017
Friday Morning Men's Bible Study with Fr. Reid

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