2015 Christmas Worship Guide

Hurry home
By Pastor Larry Crawford, Open Arms Christian Fellowship

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[December 11, 2015]  Imagine a home where there is no death, no sorrow, no crying, and no pain. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Yet God is preparing an eternal home for all who will accept the greatest Christmas gift ever given… forgiveness of sins and salvation through Jesus Christ. Give your life to Jesus today and experience His grace, love, peace and forgiveness.

You do not have to wait for your eternal home to experience home. God has provided His Church…a home for all who will come… a safe place. A real home… a family…. as one of my friends says, “God wants to give us a little heaven to go to heaven with.” Let me take a few moments to describe it to you. I call it Father’s House. God is raising up churches (Father’s House) with the Father’s Heart.

Father’s House is a House of HOPE: GOOD NEWS! It seems all we hear is bad news…horrific real life stories happening throughout our nation. In a world full of bad news, uncertainty, fear and hopelessness – we need good news. The Good News…the Best News is that God loves you so much He made a way where you can spend eternity in Heaven and also experience a life full of joy on this earth!

Father’s House is a House of HEALING! No matter what pain you are facing, Father’s House is present to minister healing and hope.

Let me describe it to you. “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe…” Literally the GOOD NEWS is the power of God which will rescue you and me from whatever it is holding us captive…sin, pain, sickness, fear, etc.

Father’s House ministers Emotional Healing. Jesus came to “heal the brokenhearted.” Literally those who are crushed… shattered hearts and dreams – pain deep inside.

Father’s House ministers Physical Healing. Jesus came to “proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind.” There is not any sickness He cannot heal nor is there any addiction from which He cannot set you free.

Father’s House ministers healing from Spiritual Abuse. Jesus came to “set at liberty those who are oppressed.” This literally means those who are bruised by life – especially brought on by others. God wants to heal those of you who have been hurt not only by life outside the church, but also those who have been hurt by the church in the church.

Let me briefly describe the HEART of Father’s House. It is a SAFE place full of PROVISION for all. The church is designed to be a place where every person’s needs are met.

It is a SAFE place where you are EXPECTED! Father God is watching and waiting for you to come Home. You’re welcome and expected!

It is a SAFE place where you are ACCEPTED & FORGIVEN! It doesn’t matter what you have done or where you are right now. You’re accepted here! God loves you and wants to give you a fresh start… a second chance… a new beginning.

Finally Father’s House is a SAFE place where you are CELEBRATED! We are waiting to celebrate your Homecoming but also celebrate you!

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Several years ago I was at Six Flags in Atlanta, Georgia. I was waiting in line with two of my children to ride Goliath (a large roller coaster). The rides were shut down because of rain. We waited and as people left line we kept moving closer to the front until we were all the way to the front. There was a group of older teenagers/ college age people behind us using all kinds of bad language to the point I almost said something because of my children. Then the Holy Spirit prompted me to speak to one of the young men who had been the most vocal. The Lord said, “Tell him it is time for him to come home…to come back to me.” To make a long story short, I wrestled with God but finally said those words to this young man. As I did, he was speechless as tears came down his face. By this time my children and I are on the ride and right before it took us away, I said again – “Father God is calling you to come home. He loves you! He sent me all the way from Atlanta, Illinois to Atlanta, Georgia to tell you it is time to come home."

Today… right now… God is calling you to come home to Him. He loves you!

I’ll be home for Christmas. I hope you will join me.


Read all the articles in our new
2015 Christmas Worship Guide

Advent Promise
Pastor Adam Quine
The best news...Jesus, a gift to the broken
Pastor Michael Paulson
Hurry home
Pastor Larry Crawford
Still amazed by Christmas
Pastor Ken Kramer
The most wonder-filled time of the year
Pastor Greg Wooten
"Christmas doesn't happen without me"
Pastor Jonathan Buesdher
There's blues this season...,and there's Jesus
Pastor Michael Mallick
Could one man's decision 2,000 years ago change hearts today?
Pastor Mark Weber
"Recognizing the Truth of Christmas"
Pastor Stacy Popejoy
See with joy, the Christ Child has come
Pastor/Chaplain Ryan Edgecombe
Where is the new King?
Pastor Zoila Marty
The bike before Christmas
Pastor Ben Manley
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