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A Christmas "Thank You"

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I know Christmas day isn't even here yet, but it has been a fantastic season--one of the best ever!

Glorious, December 7

The return of Glorious attracted over 3,000 people to kick off the season with worship.  It was amazing and humbling to see people of all ages from all walks of life come together for a multi-generational modern worship experience.  I am very proud of our modern worship band and our modern worship leader, Andrew Carr, for putting together such a worshipful experience.

 

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Singing Christmas Tree, December 12-14 

Then, with just a few days to get everything switched from one look to another, the Singing Christmas Tree proved itself yet again a community tradition with over 10,000 people attending the 5 performances.  I'm honored to serve with such a talented group of singers, musicians, and dancers.

 

"Come and worship" #SBCSCT

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Thank You's 

Our production team, running on caffeine and Christmas spirit, worked tirelessly to put together 2 well-executed, impressive productions that solicited such wonderful feedback from so many of you.  They're the magic behind the scenes, and I'm so grateful for their hard work and creativity.

The spirit of the season, the encouraging and positive remarks, the promises to return and significant spiritual conversations will make this a Christmas that should have eternal impact.

A special thanks to all of you who participated in our productions, gave of your time and effort to build the tree or tear it down, assist the Children's Choir, open doors or hand out programs, help our guests or offer a hot cup of cocoa. 

 

We have a church full of servants. @shandonbaptist #SingingChristmasTree

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And...a special thanks to all of you who attended Glorious and/or the Singing Christmas Tree and those of you who helped us spread the word, invited others and brought guests with you.  I pray all who attended were led to begin their Christmas season in a spirit of profound worship and adoration of the greatest gift ever given, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now for the bow on our Christmas at Shandon  celebration... 

Christmas Eve Services

I'm so very excited about the Christmas Eve services on Wednesday, December 24 at 4 & 5:30pm.  During these special services we'll hear the Christmas story read by various church members, sing our favorite carols, celebrate the Lord's Supper, and have our traditional candle lighting as we close with Silent Night.  This has become a tradition for many, many people at Shandon and we expect to enjoy a great evening together as a church family.

These are exciting days at Shandon with even more exciting days to come in 2015. 

Merry Christmas!

Scott Lee
Minister of Music & Worship Arts

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The "Beat-Up Bible" Challenge

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I am an admirer of "beat-up Bibles"--Bibles that are well-read and are therefore well-worn.

How much use does your Bible get?

I challenge you to use it daily, and one way to do that is to read through the Bible in a year. It took me several years to make it through the Bible in a year. The first year I read through the Bible was a struggle but I made it. And then the next year I did it again. Each time I've read through the Bible it has gotten easier and more enjoyable. Now I can't imagine not doing it. 

Let me give you a few things that have helped me and others in reading through the Bible in a year.

Find a plan you will stick with.

There's no plan that's perfect and easy all the time. I prefer one that has daily readings in both the Old Testament and New Testament. This is the plan we provide you with, but there are plenty others.

Find a translation that's easy for you to read.

I will never understand the whole Bible and neither will you, but some translations are easier to read than others. If you choose a paraphrase (like The Message or The Living Bible), keep in mind that sometimes accuracy is sacrificed for readability, but they can still be great ways to expose yourself to all the Word.

Read the Bible.

Don't let the great be the enemy of the good. The purpose of being in the Word daily is not to understand all of it but to expose yourself to all of it. All Scripture is profitable, but not all Scripture is profitable for every person at every moment. Deeper Bible study is good and important, but don't let the desire to understand get in the way of exposing yourself to all of it at a broad and consistent level.

I hope you'll join me in reading through the Bible in 2015. However it turns out for you, I'd love to hear about your experience.

Watch Dr. Lincoln's tips below

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