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We invite you to worship God with us by joining us in Singing Praise to our Savior, Hearing God’s Word for Us through our Pastor, and Giving Back to Him to Support the Ministries of Crossroads Church.  This week, ONE VOICE Worship Ensemble will sing a special music offering-

The great English writer, Charles Dickens, found himself in a tough position in 1843.  During this difficult time, Dickens decided to write (original title) A Christmas Carol in Prose: A Ghost Story of Christmas, due to his rough financial situation. Be he soon fell in love with Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, etc., and “wept, laughed, and wept again” while writing it. And, nearly 200 years later and millions of books sold, thousands of stage performances and adaptations, at least 20 different movies (the first was in 1901!), at least 26 different TV versions (Pastor’s fav: The 1984 version starring George C. Scott – check it out!), 20 live radio versions, 11 recorded versions (albums, CD’s), and even four opera versions, this short book continues to impact millions of believers and unbelievers – with its strong Biblical themes of mercy, deliverance, forgiveness, salvation, redemption, and sacrifice. These are the themes we’ll examine this month.

This week:  “Reformation or Redemption?”

Since A Christmas Carol obviously is not a strict Biblical story but a fictional tale (although there are strong Christian/Biblical themes throughout), we can agree that Scrooge’s life change was ‘turning over a new leaf’ or a series of resolutions. (“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”) And, of course, Scrooge changed – Big Time!
Which begs the question: Can people simply be reformed and spend eternity in heaven…or must people be redeemed to personally know God? (BTW, well-meaning folks often group these two words together, as if they’re the same. They’re not – not by a long shot!)

Praise Kidz Worship in Student Center First Floor following Sunday School

‘Special Buds’ for Kids with Special Needs 2nd Floor Main Building