Down the Path of Peace

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christianity, Christmas, Jesus Christ, New Testament, prayer, prophecy0 Comments

Because of the tender mercy of our God,    by which the rising sunwill come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness    and in the shadow of death,to guide our feet into the path of peace.  –Luke 1:78-79These are the last words of the prophecy spoken by Zechariah.  I love how they indicate what God’s tender mercy is doing–it’s guiding … Read More

The Spirit of Christmas: December 2013 Series

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christianity, Christmas, Church life, First Assembly Community Ministries, Holy Spirit, incarnation, Jesus Christ, Sunday message series, Sunday morning, Sunday themes0 Comments

I love this time of year!  In every way, it captures my imagination, takes me back to my childhood, awakens an awareness of mystery and awe unlike any other season. It’s as though the songs, the foods, the traditions–everything–carries with it undeniably sweet Spirit–God’s Spirit.  God calls us out to us every year at this point to remember what he … Read More

Finding Freedom

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christianity, Christmas, freedom, Jesus Christ, New Testament, sin0 Comments

“A voice of one calling in the desert,‘Prepare the way for the Lord,    make straight paths for him.Every valley shall be filled in,    every mountain and hill made low.The crooked roads shall become straight,    the rough ways smooth.And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’”  –Luke 3:5-6Every Advent, somehow, these words are read.  These are the words John the Baptist was proclaiming in the … Read More

Salvation through Forgiveness

Robby Bradfordadvent, Bible study, Christianity, Christmas, forgiveness, Jesus Christ, New Testament, prayer, salvation, sin0 Comments

“…to give his people the knowledge of salvation    through the forgiveness of their sins…”  –Luke 1:77You can’t get past it.  Forgiveness of sins is the salvation that Jesus brings.He doesn’t come to just to model morality or love.  He doesn’t come merely to offer peace or platitudes, but he is interested in saving people who have offended him.The hope found in … Read More

Celebrate Christmas at First Assembly!

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christmas, Church life, evangelism, First Assembly of God Lafayette0 Comments

Cool stuff going on!  Check out this link to see a commercial about the concert and Christmas Eve Services.  It will be airing on Comcast over the next couple weeks. Help us spread the word on Facebook by joining our church’s group page and sharing the commercial posted there. At the Christmas Concert and the Christmas Eve Service, there will be … Read More

On-Time Promise-Keeping

Robby Bradfordadvent, character, Christianity, Christmas, discipleship, New Testament0 Comments

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  –2 Peter 3:9God sees waiting so much differently than we do.  He’s waiting to perform the resurrection for those buried in the graves in the picture to the left, for example.   … Read More

Promise Fulfilled

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christmas, faith, Old Testament, prophecy0 Comments

“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time    I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;    he will do what is just and right in the land.In those days Judah will be saved    and Jerusalem will live in safety.This is the name by … Read More

Christmas Catch-Up

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christmas, Christmas Offering, church growth, Church life, evangelism, First Assembly of God Lafayette, prayer, Sunday message series, Sunday themes, worship0 Comments

I trust you had an incredible Thanksgiving and some special time with your family and friends. I am so thankful for all God has done among us here at First Assembly this past year. As we approach the Christmas Season and the end of 2012, I wanted to thank you for your faithful giving to First Assembly. During the year, … Read More

White as Snow–Advent 2012 Theme

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christmas, Church life, discipleship, evangelism, First Assembly of God Lafayette, Jesus Christ, New Testament, Sunday message series, Sunday themes0 Comments

“‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red as crimson, They shall be like wool.’”   –Isaiah 1:18 This seminal promise of the Christmas season brings one great theme of the Advent to the fore: God’s grace gives in a way that … Read More