Fresh…

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I love fresh dinner rolls!

Last night, we went out to eat as a family and the server brought some fresh bread that was hot from the oven with honey butter…I am pretty sure that fresh dinner rolls will be a staple in our diets in heaven.

In fact, my theology bears it out that carbs won’t matter in heaven.

And while I’m on the topic of fresh…there is something amazing about fresh paint, a fresh fade (haircut), fresh shoes and fresh air.

This Sunday, I am super excited to share a sermon entitled, “Fresh” from Psalm 90:12-17.

Looking back on 2016, I would guess that for some it was a great year…but for many others, 2016 is a year that will look better in the rear view.

2017 is a fresh year.

Its.going.to.be.fresh!

Better than hot rolls with honey butter, haircuts, and clean air.

Psalm 90 may be the only Psalm written by Moses. In verse 12, he writes, “So teach us to number our days that  we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Going into 2017, we must number our days so we may get a heart of wisdom.

A fresh perspective on the oldest Psalm. A fresh look at a new year. A fresh start for a weary life.

I hope you can join us this Sunday…it’s going to be even better than fresh dinner rolls.

Troy

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Light has come…

Christmas time is here…as a family, we have survived the programs and parties and are getting close to the time when we can relax and reflect on the birth of Jesus.

As time passes (way to quickly) our approach to Christmas traditions has changed. We still love to drive around and look at lights, read a special Christmas story book and fondue every year. However our “Christmas Communications” have changed. As a young family we created a tradition of writing a Christmas newsletter. Then we transitioned to a family picture. Now for the past few years we have evolved to the stage of  “we post pics on social media and you are welcome to have a look.” 🙂

This morning, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and came across a pic of our girls nine years ago.

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I wonder where time has gone…it seems like we were just perfecting the art of changing diapers and holding bottles, now we are blessed with an honest to goodness teenager, pre-teen and three boys that seem to never run out of energy.

In the midst of growing kids and changing traditions, there are many parts of our lives that have not changed…and most important is the truth that we celebrate the baby in a manger as the Savior of the world.

As a family and as a church we never grow tired of hearing the amazing story about the birth of Jesus and I am excited to invite you to join us for our Christmas services this weekend.

On Christmas Eve, we will have a candlelight service that begins at 5pm. There will be Christmas carols, worship songs, Scripture readings, candle lighting and I will bring some closing thoughts from the books of Isaiah and John on the concept that “Light has come.”

On Christmas Day, we will have a shortened and more informal service beginning at our normal time of 10:45am. Pastor Dave has a special story that the entire family will enjoy. In addition, we will have some special snacks and coffee  and everyone is invited for Christmas Lunch afterwards served by the Lefebvre community group.

No matter where this email finds you this Christmas Season, on behalf of our New Life CityChurch family, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.

Troy

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Celebration!!!

Last night the KC Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 21-13. This is a rivalry that has been going on longer than I’ve been alive and certainly longer than the 17 years I’ve been living in Kansas City.

Due to the New Life women’s Christmas party at our house, the boys and I were assigned to the basement….to watch the game. I love it when that happens :).

With the recent demise of my Minnesota Vikings, I have been paying closer attention to our beloved KC Chiefs. That big win in Denver was pretty incredible and now with a win over the conference leading Raiders…the Chiefs are on pace for a first round bye and possible home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

There was one point in the game where I think I got goosebumps. The Chiefs were winning 14-3 and the Raiders had to punt. After a fourth down penalty they were forced to punt again…

Tyreek Hill fielded the punt and it didn’t take long to realize he.could.go.all.the.way. He ran 78 yards for a touchdown.

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Alex Smith had this to say, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen what happened tonight, I’ve never seen a stadium chanting a guy’s name like that and then he houses it (touchdown return). It gave me chills on the sideline. The whole stadium is chanting his name and then he answers. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen, for sure.”

Whether you are the starting quarterback or a dad “stuck” with his kids in the basement, that run-back was a reason for CELEBRATION!

The boys and I exchanged high fives along with the players and probably anyone near KC that had some red on last night.

As awesome as that moment was for the KC Chiefs and fans, this time of year, there is more than football to give us a reason to celebrate. Perhaps the greatest reason for celebration in the history of the world is the Baby that was born in a manger.

This Sunday, James Cottier a Teaching Elder here at New Life will bring a sermon from Luke 2:8-20 about the Shepherds and the Angels and their celebration at the birth of the Messiah. This is our third week in our Advent Series as we prepare to celebrate the Coming of our Savior.

I hope to see you on Sunday so we can celebrate a Chiefs win and more importantly the birth of Jesus together!

Have a great weekend,

Troy

The most wonderful time of the year…

This past week we began preparing for Christmas at the Campbell house. This means we have to transport  all the tubs full of decorations from the garage to the house. Then we unfold and unravel everything, and reinstall it.

We have some basic responsibilities:

Troy: Move boxes upstairs, set up Christmas tree, hang exterior lights.
Leigh-Ann: Everything else.
Kids: Decorate your own tree…and stay away from ours :).

I have tried to have a good attitude…really, I have. But in my defense, I’ve been sick (man cold) and it seems like we just took down the Christmas decorations from last year.

So why do we spend so much time preparing for Christmas?

Easy answer….it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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But maybe not for the reasons that come to mind such as….traditions, baking, gifts (giving and receiving), holiday cheer, etc.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year because it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. Yep, I’m a Pastor…and you expected me to say this…but you and I each know it’s true :).

This Sunday is the second week of Advent. At New Life this week we will study from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke about the preparation for the birth of Jesus. We will look closely at the Angel’s message to Zechariah, Mary and Joseph to prepare them for the coming Messiah.

When we consider the Old Testament prophesies, Angelic messages, the gathering of shepherds and wise men and so many other events surrounding this “most wonderful time of the year”, there is no doubt that God thought of everything.

So in the midst of our own Christmas plans…let’s not forget God’s plans.

I hope to see you Sunday,
Troy

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