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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.

Maxie’s Weekly Word

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 | By Maxie Dunnam
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OUR REAL AND DESTINED ETERNITY

The story begins by describing a man who doesn’t believe in the Incarnation, and thinks Christmas is “a lot of humbug.” One Christmas Eve his wife and children go to the midnight worship at church, but he stays at home. It begins to snow, and he settles into a chair by the fire to read. After several minutes, he is startled by a thud at the window, then another thud, and another. Thinking someone must be throwing snowballs at the window, he goes outside to investigate. He sees a flock of birds huddled in the snow. Attempting to find shelter from the storm, they had tried to fly through the window.

He wonders how he can help the birds, and then he remembers the barn. It would make a good shelter. He puts on warm clothes and heads for the barn. He turns on the lights, but the birds don’t budge. Then he sprinkles a path of crumbs leading into the barn, but the birds don’t notice. Finally he tries shooing them into the barn, but they scatter in every direction except the barn.

Louis Cassels, who tells the story, continues, “They find me a strange and terrifying creature,” he said to himself,” and I can’t seem to think of any way to let them know they can trust me. ”lf only I could be a bird myself for a few minutes, perhaps I could lead them to safety.”

Just at that moment the church bells began to ring. He stood silent for a while, listening to the bells pealing the glad tidings of Christmas. Then he sank to his knees in the snow. “Now l do understand,” he whispered, ”Now I see why You had to do it. ” (Louis Cassels, Christian Primer; New York: Doubleday, l964, pp 18—20)

 

 

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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.

Maxie’s Weekly Word

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 | By Maxie Dunnam
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INCARNATION

Incarnation: for the salvation of the world, the San of God, while remaining fully divine, became truly human. In taking full humanity upon himself, Christ did not lose his divine nature in any way but continued to be fully God.

At a particular time and place in history, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, lived for approximately thirty-three years, died on a cross under Pontius Pilate, rose from the dead, returned to the Father. The Incarnation actually means that Jesus of Nazareth was a man, known by his disciples as being fully human, a person who shared the limitations and temptations of common, ordinary human existence, yet was also the deliberate and unique self-expression of God.

That’s what we are celebrating these days of Christmas: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” [ln. 1:14 NIV] ‘

 

 

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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 | By Maxie Dunnam
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The Alpha and Omega

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8 NIV).

The disciple John is now an old man. Because of his faith and perhaps his opposition to the emperor, he has been exiled to the Isle of Patmus. The church is suffering under persecution.  It was the Lord’s Day and John remembers the fellowship of fellow Christians. The Spirit came to him and he has a vision. It was a vision as bright as the sun breaking through the clouds in the midst of a storm. A voice comes with the thunder of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The one who is, who was, and who is to come. “

John fell down at the feet of the One who was speaking. Breathless in adoration, John says, When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said “Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever. (Rev. 1:17-18 NIV)

Jesus, “the Alpha and the Omega”, says, “I AM THE BEGINNING OF LIFE AND I AM THE END OF HISTORY.”

While this Advent and Christmas season we celebrate the coming of Jesus as a Babe in a Manger, we must not miss the fact that he became the man, Jesus. And Jesus is not just another good man, not even the best of all men. Jesus is not just another prophet, not even the greatest of all prophets. Jesus is not just a god in a lineup of gods from whom we might choose. All things were made by him. He is the beginning of the created order, he is       the pre-existent Christ, and he is the cosmic Christ. It is no wonder that John, when he had this vision, fell at Jesus’ feet.

Christ is the beginning of life. He is also the beginning of our new life. Jesus is alive, and we have the promise “because I live, you will live also.”(John 14:19)  With John, we fall down, even before the manger, and worship him.

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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 | By Maxie Dunnam
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MEANING NOT HAPPINESS

Our nation rightfully prides itself in insisting that all citizens have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I’m for happiness…but I sometimes think we overdo the thought. In fact, we may be happy but still live a barren, trivial life.

I know happy people whose lives are devoid of meaning. I know successful people whose lives are empty. I know people who look good but are not doing good. We may be happy but still lack significance and meaning.

We need meaning more than we need happiness.  Meaning comes from getting out of ourselves and being sensitive to the needs of others, committing ourselves to causes greater than we are, knowing that we do not live by bread alone, but by spiritual connections with God and others, believing and acting on the conviction others deserve the same opportunities we have. In a word, meaning comes when we make life matter not only for ourselves, but for others.

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Making Life Matter is a weekly 30 minute Christian inspirational and teaching program hosted by Maxie Dunnam and Shane Stanford. Next Step partners with Kingdom Catalysts to bring you MLM, which tackles issues of faith and life to deepen discipleship and encourage strong connections between following Jesus and living in today’s world. Mark your calendars to visit Next Step and listen regularly. Click below to hear today’s program.