Central Assembly
WHEN GOD STEPS IN - Christ in Our Longings
Pastor Jim Bradford | December 16, 2018
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    1301 N Boonville Ave, Springfield, MO 65802, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM

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"Thou has made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee." (St. Augustine)
"While searching for the divine has been somewhat crowded out in modern times by our busy and overstimulated lives, it is still one of the most universal of human strivings. . . . Could it be that this longing for the sacred, a universal and puzzling aspect of human experience, may not be wish fulfillment but rather a pointer toward something beyond us? Why do we have a "God-shaped vacuum" in our hearts and minds unless it is meant to be filled?" (Francis Collins, geneticist)
Those ancient, contemporary seekers . . .

*They considered the evidence

"We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." (Matthew 2:2b)
“While impossible to quantify, a surprising number of prominent British researchers at the pinnacle of their fields, with worldwide reputations in the physical and biological sciences, proclaim their evangelical Christian faith.

. . . First, they say the likelihood that intelligent, carbon-based life originated in the universe by chance is infinitesimally minute. And second, they proclaim their belief in what they accept as the first-hand, biblical accounts of Jesus’ life, death and physical resurrection.” (Mark Pinsky, journalist)
Those ancient, contemporary seekers . . .

*They listened to the Scriptures

Matthew 2:3-5
Those ancient, contemporary seekers . . .

*They were willing to worship Jesus

"If people have no objective values to direct their lives, they often demand idols for their wills. People usually live for something, whether it is achieving respect, making money or being successful; and it may control their lives." (Jerram Barrs, Francis Schaeffer Institute)

"The most important discovery of my life was my discovery of Jesus Christ." (Henry F. Schaefer, physical chemist)