Hard Work…and Often Times Painful!

We’re on the final stretch this week in our book, “Hidden Christmas” by Tim Keller.  This week’s homework is to read chapters 7 and 8.

We discovered last week that there’s a lot of meat in the chapters so if you’re running short on time, at least get chapter 7 done.  Very likely that we’ll use next week to wrap up the book with a discussion on chapter 8.

The “plot” this week involves Joseph and Mary taking Jesus to the temple for circumcision.  An old man, who had been waiting on the Messiah, says to Mary:

“This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.  And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Luke 2:33-35

As you’ll dig into the text, you’ll see how God’s plan is that there will be some hard times, painful ones in fact, which lead to eventual peace.  Pay close attention to the analogies about the surgeon and the counselor.

Time permitting, we’ll wrap up the book with a discussion on chapter 8, where the author explains “So what’s Christmas all about anyway?”

Mike will be leading this week.

Meet at the Cornwell Center ready to go by 7:45 am.



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