Christmas Devotional

The following devotional is from Pastor Gregg Madsen, Steadfast Gretna. To receive this via email, please contact Pastor Doug at dgshada@gmail.com. Pastor Doug’s daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook.

“My older brother had a red Ford Mustang in high school. What a sweet ride! Fast and powerful – American to the core – the Mustang is an icon with an iconic logo to match.

Think about how well the mark fits the car. Nobody would take very seriously a sports car called the “Ford Tortoise.” But Mustang? Yeah, that sells.

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If only a relationship with God drove like that: fast and powerful, with leather seats. But if we’re honest with ourselves and with others, sometimes God seems to drive more like a turtle than a Mustang.

Jesus accomplished more in His life than any other person in history but He didn’t drive in the fast lane. He wasn’t in a hurry. Think about that for a minute. If anyone had a reason to be in a hurry, to live the fastest-paced life, would it not be Jesus? Thousands of people to heal. Millions of friends in His social network.

And yet, as you read about His life in the Bible, you find a man who lived a deliberate life, not a phrenetic one. He learned obedience, which is a lot slower than disobedience. Your life may not be moving as fast as you’d like but are you willing to trust the speed of God for your life? Jesus was. And He asks His disciples to do the same.

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“In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the word was God.”

When the Apostle John wrote that sentence 2000 years ago, he used the Greek word “logos,” which we translate as “the Word.” The Greek word, “logos,” gives us our word, “logo.”

Just as a good logo captures the heart of the brand it represents, so does the logo, or word, of God, represent the heart of God. This “word” became flesh in Jesus Christ. So Jesus is God’s brand: everything about God in one recognizable image.

Logos: The Brand of God, is a collection of 25 Advent Readings designed to help us see the heart of God through His “logo,” Jesus Christ.

Written by Gregg Madsen, Pastor of Steadfast Gretna.

“All’s Well That Ends…”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, November 12, 2014

LFF Screen ShotAll’s Well That Ends…” is the title of Pastor Doug’s devotional for November 12, 2014, which can be downloaded here. His devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook.

Please join us this Sunday, November 16, for a special worship time and meal at Kearney’s Holiday Inn, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please register by contacting Pastor Doug or the church office. A food drive / contribution can be made this Sunday to support the efforts of Crossroads Homeless Shelter in Kearney.

“Knowing Who You Are”, Sermon, November 2, 2014

LFF Screen ShotPlease join us for worship this Sunday, November 9, 2014. Pastor Duane Osnes will be preaching in Pastor Doug’s absence. Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. at our church facility, 33rd and I Streets, Kearney, Nebraska. Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m.

Last Sunday’s sermon, “Knowing Who You Are”, delivered by Bob Bednar, can be downloaded here.

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Banquet on November 16th at the Holiday Inn in Kearney. More details will be coming.

Photo Directory Sign Up

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The Living Faith Fellowship Photo Directory Committee has been working hard to develop a photo directory for the church. All attenders are encouraged to sign up at home between October 6 and November 7 using the link below. Sign-ups at church will also be available October 5, 12, 19, and 26. These Sundays will allow you to have face to face contact with a committee member to sign up online.

The goals of creating a photo directory include:
1. To know other families in the church on a personal basis
2. To develop a 3 ring binder directory, that can be added to as new families join. The binders are free to church with 200 families participating.
3. To express the purpose and mission of Living Faith Fellowship as we work and worship together.
4. To help new attenders to get acquainted.
5. To build faith connections, community, and commitment among attenders.

A Photo Director “Connections Letter” will be sent by e-mail with information on a separate sheet regarding dates, times, how to get an appointment, and coupons that can be used – e.g. $5.00 Feed The Need Coupon for bringing a can of food; $10.00 online sign-up coupon for signing up online with e-mail; 20% Senior Citizen discount for families over 60.

“Worship, The Ultimate Priority”, Pastor Doug’s Sermon, Sunday, October 26, 2014

LFF Screen ShotWorship, The Ultimate Priority” is the title of Pastor Doug’s sermon for Sunday, October 26, 2014. The notes for this sermon can be downloaded here.

Please join us for worship at our church facility, 33rd and I Streets, in Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m. Following the worship service, attenders are encouraged to bring a food item to share, and participate in the monthly brunch in the fellowship hall.

Attenders are also encouraged to sign up for a scheduled photo appointment for the church photo directory. Individuals or families can sign up at church this Sunday or on this website.