Christmas Carnival & Christmas Eve
Save the date! On December 22, 2017 Cristo Rey will be hosting a Christmas Carnival and Posada. On December 24, 2017 Cristo Rey will be having an English service in the morning and a Spanish service in the evening. Everyone is welcome. More information on these events will be coming soon. All events will occur at our church at 6541 Eastern Ave in Bell Gardens.
Recent Short Video Production
We continue to produce and promote short videos on our Facebook page. This month we produced videos on John 8:36 and Isaiah 40:31. The video on John 8:26 had a spiritual independence theme. It reached 12,575 people and was viewed 3,894 times. The video on Isaiah 40:31 focused on the Lord being our strength as we travel through this world. It reached 29,154 people and was viewed 7,482 times.
New Fence and Gate
To beautiful our church grounds, the congregation officially approved the replacement of our back fence and the installation of a new front gate. The back fence will include a larger rolling gate to make it easier for vehicles to enter and exit. Both the back fence and front gate will be installed soon.
Sponsor A Meal
During our building remodel, we will be providing morning snacks, noon meals, and afternoon snacks to the Builders for Christ team. The team will be working on our building for four to six weeks. They anticipate having six to seven workers plus any volunteers from our own congregation. Can you help sponsor a meal? More information on how to sign up to provide snacks and meals or donate funds to sponsor a meal will be coming soon.
Devotion: Let Your Light Shine!
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)
When the author and poet, Robert Louis Stevenson, was 12 years-old, he found himself, one evening, looking out into the dark from his upstairs window, watching a man light the streetlamps. When his governess walked by, she asked, “What are you doing?” He replied, “I am watching a man cut holes in the darkness.” That’s not a bad picture of what the Lord is asking of us, as He tells His followers, to “Go, and make disciples of all nations….” which means sharing with others, “the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” Or put another way: As Christians, our task is to be sharers of God’s light …to be people who are busy cutting holes in the spiritual darkness of this world.
Ever since Adam disobeyed God and took a bite of that forbidden fruit, he, and all of creation was cast into a spiritual darkness that was so thick that it permeated the very souls of all mankind, and brought sin, death, and everlasting damnation to every human being.
It was a darkness, of which no mere mortal could ever escape. As Paul once revealed: “All have sinned [are lost in spiritual darkness] and have fallen short of the glory of God.” (Ro 3:23)
But the same God, who, in the beginning said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” had such a love for fallen mankind, that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to rescue us from that condemning darkness. It was Jesus, who fulfilled God’s will and commandments perfectly, and who purposely sacrificed His sinless life on the Cross so that the debt of sin would be paid. And it was Jesus, who rose victoriously from the grave so that we, too – now forgiven – will rise to a new and everlasting life!
That heart-felt knowledge and understanding of Jesus, and the salvation He accomplished for us, is the Gospel light, that broke through our darkened hearts, and brought us into His marvelous light of life! By God’s amazing grace, He created this life-giving light in our hearts, not merely for ourselves to enjoy, but that we – children of light – might be instruments of His will in spreading that Gospel-light to others. As Christians, that’s our purpose: To be ever growing in our faith; growing in the “knowledge of God’s glory,” so that, through God’s Word, the Holy Spirit makes the light of Christ shine brightly in our lives, revealing Christ to others, and bringing glory to our Heavenly Father!
May God enable us to be and do what His light does: dispels the darkness, by bringing saving light to the lost!
This devotion was prepared by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Board for Home Outreach.