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  1. Jesus Was Fully Man by

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    Jesus Fully Man, A Word by Pastor Josh Whitney of The Rock Church in Utah

    Christmas — what an amazing time of the year!

    Not only do we celebrate the fact that the God of the Universe chose to enter His creation (Immanuel means “God with us!”), but the New Testament presents an equally mind blowing fact. Jesus was fully man. Can you imagine that?

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    The God of the Universe (the One who created everything we see), the Almighty God (who holds the universe together by His power), was born to a woman. The God Man, Jesus Christ, grew in wisdom and stature. He got tired. Jesus took naps! He got hungry and thirsty. Jesus bled and died. Jesus also experienced the full range of human emotions. He marveled at people. He wept when his friend died. He was tempted like us. Jesus is as people as you and me.

    In order to fully understand Christmas, we must grasp these two equally profound Biblical truths. The first is that Jesus was fully God. The second is that Jesus was fully man.

    Jesus’ humanity means that He can relate to our sufferings. He can sympathize with our weaknesses. We have a high priest who intercedes on our behalf. One who knows what it is like to be human. He had first-hand experience!

    Also, the Bible makes it clear that we are to follow the example of Jesus Christ. He demonstrated what it meant to be fully human and live a life in perfect obedience to God the Father.

    But most importantly of all, Jesus being fully man enabled Him to shed His blood and die for our sins. Jesus was the perfect, spotless lamb. The human sacrifice who could actually die for the sins of the world!

    Marveling at His humanity,

    Josh

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  2. Time To Harvest by

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    Time To Harvest

    “Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” — Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV)

    Recently, The Rock Pastors received a very encouraging email from a longtime LDS member (who recently got saved through the ministry of The Rock Church). In part he said,

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    “I want you to know that I trust each of the Pastors at the Rock Church, and that there is no doubt in my mind as to why you and your families were chosen by God to come to Utah to plant The Rock Church. You were sent here to free thousands of people like myself from the bondage of a works-based religion with cultural and religious laws, to teach us the truth of God’s unconditional love and grace. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Jesus! I thank all the pastors at The Rock Church, and every person behind the scenes for everything that you do there in God’s name to serve others and to CHANGE LIVES FOR JESUS!”

    Wow! God is using The Rock Church to change lives. THIS is what it’s all about! We want you to know that we so appreciate all of your labor, love, and sacrifice — they are worth it. The fields are ripe for harvest. We just need more laborers and resources; it all costs money. We know this. Make no mistake, your financial giving helps make changed lives possible. Thank you for being a part of this work and thank you for giving.

    There is so much exciting work for us here in Utah. It isn’t right for us to sit back and just look at the fruit — we need to go after it. The harvest is ready to be picked and God is calling us to reap! NOW is the time. We have a responsibility to get into the fields and work our tails off; we need to share the love of Christ with as many people as possible. What a blessing, what an honor! It’s an incredible opportunity and it’s exactly what we intend to do.

    As we bring 2017 to a close and move into 2018, let us share with you that God has even more exciting plans, opportunities, and more changed lives to look forward to. We will all be blown away. But, those plans take resources.

    Can we encourage you to consider helping The Rock Church finish strong financially in 2017? Please click here to make an end-of-the-year donation that will send us into 2018 prepared for the harvest. The Rock Church can also accept stock donations as charitable gifts (many people don’t know this and it’s a great way of donating taxable donations)! Please contact Brent Kendall (brent@trc.life) for more information.

    Once again, thank you so much for your faithful and sacrificial giving. As our dear brother said, we are all about being on mission to “CHANGE LIVES FOR JESUS!” You are a huge part of making that happen.

    Thank you and God bless you this Christmas!

    Harvesting with you,

    The Rock Church Pastors

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  3. Jesus Is God With Us by

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    Jesus Is God With Us, A Word by Pastor Bryan Edwards of The Rock Church in Utah.

    Christmas — the most wonderful time of the year!

    When I think of Christmas, there are so many wonderful and exciting things that come to my mind I don’t even know where to begin. A few of my favorite things are: picking out the perfect tree, hanging up the Christmas lights, and sipping hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows) while Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby sing in the background.

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    You know, as much as I love these moments and cherish the sentiment that comes along with them, they truthfully have little (or nothing) to do with the wonder that is Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas came down from heaven and was found wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. A baby named Jesus, born in Bethlehem.

    The truth of the incarnation of God Himself is so profound and astounding, it’s hard to know how to even begin to make sense of it. How do we wrap our minds around the wonder of the Ancient of Days becoming an infant? How do we understand the depths of the Eternal God who breathed life into man, now living as man, depending on the nurture of His mother?

    Honestly, there are not enough words in the world or breaths in a lifetime of living, to explain how astonishing this event was. Yet, the Bible states it as simply as, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name ‘Immanuel’ — which means, God with us.” — Matthew 1:23

    So simple and yet so profound. Jesus Christ is the eternal promise of God that He Himself would come into our world to save us. The God of heaven and earth entered creation, to be near to us. Jesus Christ is the One we celebrate and worship. He is the Immanuel — God With Us. That is what makes Christmas so wonderful!

    Come, let us adore Him!

    Bryan

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  4. Singing Loudly by

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    Singing Loudly, A Word from Pastor Steele Croswhite of The Rock Church in Utah.

    “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” — Psalm 100:1-2 (ESV)

    This weekend, I had the privilege of helping lead three, separate worship services at The Rock Church. I was reminded this morning, while reading my Bible, that singing and entering into God’s presence with music is a command from the Lord.

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    Think about this — how amazing is it that our God tells us to come to Him with music and singing and gladness?! What a great God we serve. He reminds us that we have so much to sing about. He even asks us to come to Him with a “joyful noise”!

    There is a time to come to the Lord with quietness and stillness, but there is also a time for joyful singing! Sometimes, I catch my young kids singing. During these times, I have noticed that it is a response to a happy heart.

    This week, reflect upon some of these attributes of God and allow these truths to lead you into making a “joyful noise” yourself —

    God is all loving. (Isaiah 54:10)
    God is all knowing. (Isaiah 46:11)
    God is good through and through. (Psalm 119:68)
    God has good plans for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
    You are forgiven forever. (1 Peter 3:18)

    These are just a few of the wonderful truths about the greatness of God, which are found in the Bible. I think I hear a song coming right now!

    Have a blessed and “song filled” week.

    Steele

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  5. Gospel Opportunity by

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    Gospel Opportunity, A Word by Pastor Josh Whitney of The Rock Church in Utah.

    Recently, some of The Rock pastors went to a regional pastor’s conference in Denver. At the end of a session on outreach, the speaker challenged us to go for a walk with a buddy, discuss what we learned, and look for a Gospel opportunity.

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    I went for a walk with one of the leaders from Colorado and we were having a good conversation. Suddenly, a man named Jason stopped us. He told us that he represented an organization fighting for human rights around the world. He wanted us to join and support that organization. We listened politely to his speech, thanked him, and kept walking. I hadn’t seen a Gospel opportunity.

    But, on our return walk, I saw Jason again. I thought to myself, “This IS my Gospel opportunity!” Realizing that, I said to him, “Jason, I appreciate your care for human rights around the world. I care about your soul and I would like to give you this tract.” I handed him a Gospel tract. Jason gave me a big smile and said, “I already know that stuff. I don’t need it.” However, a woman standing nearby (from the same group) said, “Well, I want to read it.” He handed it to her and she started reading.

    We had to get back for the next session, so we said good-bye. As we left, two things struck me.
    One, people are promoting their causes all around us. Are we working for the Cause that will matter for eternity? It’s people’s souls. Two, are we looking for a Gospel opportunity consistently? Jesus said in John 4:35b, “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”

    Lifting up my eyes,

    Josh

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  6. God With Us Christmas Series by

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    It says in Matthew 1:23, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him ‘Immanuel’ — which means, God with us.” Christmas isn’t ultimately about gifts, pretty lights, Santa, or a festive party. Christmas is about the coming of God into this world. Jesus of Nazareth — God in the flesh — came to this world as a baby. He grew up to become a man and then died. He died for the sins of all Mankind — including yours. This four-part series will start December 2 & 3. Join us during this Christmas season as we reflect on the birth, humanity, divinity, and saving power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

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    • December 2 & 3, Part One — Jesus is God
    • December 9 &10, Part Two — Jesus is Man
    • December 16 &17, Part Three — Jesus is Born
    • December 23 & 24, Part Four — Jesus is Savior

    Service Times and Location:

    Services are on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. & Sundays at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

    On December 24, Services at 9:30 a.m.,10:45 a.m.,12:00 p.m. (Childcare is limited to Nursery and Toddlers this weekend).

    11630 S 700 E
    Draper, UT 84020

    If you have any questions, please email our office!

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  7. What Have You Made Today? by

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    What Have You Made Today?, A Word by Pastor Bill Young of The Rock Church in Utah.

    “But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” — Hebrews 1:2 (NIV84)

    The universe is HUGE. It’s way bigger than we can visualize. To even try and imagine how big it is, place a penny in front of you. If our sun was the size of that penny, the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, would be 350 miles away. For us in Salt Lake City, that would take us all the way to Las Vegas (as the crow flies)!

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    Many experts estimate that the observable universe appears to be about 13.8 billion light years across. But, in 2011, the MIT Review reported that the universe is at least 250 times larger than the observable universe, or at least seven trillion light-years across! I know – you can’t even comprehend that, can you? Additionally, scientists conservatively estimate that there are so many stars in the known universe that every man, woman, and child on our planet could each own 133 trillion of them! Wow!

    Jesus made it all.

    Not only is Jesus the Savior and heir of all things — He is the Creator of everything! Every grain of sand and every glorious galaxy. Through Jesus, the uncountable number of stars were born and every individual human being was formed.

    As I contemplate the greatness, majesty, and power of our God, it humbles me to no end. God is not like us, though we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). He is outside of His creation, yet chooses to be very close to us (Psalm 138:6). In reverence and fear, I should fall on my knees and worship this God. He alone is worthy of all my worship, praise, and honor. Jesus is the creator of everything (including me). That means He alone deserves my absolute and unquestioned obedience and affections today.

    Jesus made the universe… what have you made today?

    In awe of our Creator,

    Bill

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  8. Gifts of Christmas by

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    Gifts of Christmas, an event but on by The Rock Women.

    The Overview

    Date: Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.
    Location: Draper Building — 11630 S. 700 E.
    Cost: $10
    Sign Up: trc.life/goc (deadline to register is November 26)

    The Details

    Is all your Christmas shopping done? Maybe you need some creative gift ideas? Well, we’ve got just what you’re looking for. Why not plan on spending a few hours with us and we’ll give you everything you need to make that special gift! Bring a friend (or come on your own) to our Gifts of Christmas on Saturday, December 2 (10:00 a.m.) at our Draper location. We’ve got EIGHT fabulous crafts/gifts you can choose from (to either give away or keep for yourself)!

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    You can pick ONE of these unique gifts/crafts to make:

    Gifts of Christmas Items

    • Edible Christmas Cupcake Toppers
      Made of gum paste and food coloring, these cute and easy to make toppers will be a great gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. At the end of the craft you will leave with six adorable toppers, cupcake wrappers, tissue paper, and a box to wrap them all up in! Simply bake your favorite cupcake, frost, and put the topper on!
    • Festive Earrings
      You will enjoy learning to make jewelry by making three pairs of earrings, a metal tassel pair, a peacock feather pair, and a beaded hoop pair.
    • Colorful Tile Coasters
      A fun way to bring a little festivity to your holiday table or give as a gift. You will customize your coasters with your choice of holiday paper or bring four, 4X4 photos to personalize your craft. Includes coasters, paper and a beautiful ribbon to wrap it up nicely.
    • Embroidered JOY Hoop
      Bring JOY to your home this Christmas! With this craft, you will get to put four basic stitches to use in order to create a hand-embroidered hoop. You can use this hoop as an ornament, or even use it as a decoration in your home for the Christmas season.
    • NOEL Burlap Banner
      Who wouldn’t want this festive burlap and media mixed Christmas banner with the word NOEL on it?! A mix of florals and beautiful paper and a little bit of bling!
    • Rustic Countdown to Christmas Board
      Once finished with this adorable craft, you’ll have a rustic, wooden board with a countdown to Christmas
    • Fresh Greenery Wreath
      Create a whimsical rustic modern day wreath using fresh greenery, twine and your creativity. Approximately 19 inches in diameter.
    • Christmas Light Tree on a Truck
      This is a fun, vinyl on a canvas craft with the Christmas lights peeking through. It can sit anywhere in your home during the holiday season!

    The cost is only $10 and you can sign up on-line at trc.life/goc. Deadline to register is Sunday, November 26! We’d love to have you (and a friend) join us and see what you make of it! Questions, contact Stephanie Scribner at 801.712.5507.

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  9. Dealing With Disappointment by

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    Dealing with Disappointment, A Word by Pastor Caleb Yetton of The Rock Church in Utah. The Rock Church is a non-denominational Christian Church.

    “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment.” — Romans 5:3-5a NLT

    A great many things in this life can leave us feeling hopeless and disappointed. People, institutions, and other life circumstances can easily seem to betray our hope. We can even have the thought, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this.” What a disappointing thought to have. Whether these offenses are intentional or unintentional, they can send us reeling. What are we to do with this disappointment?

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    No matter how wonderful our hopes and dreams are, life is full of unexpected results. It may be that despite your best efforts, your marriage is not what you want it to be? Or, no matter what you do, you’re losing with your kids? Perhaps, you feel stuck in a dead-end job or your finances are in disarray? Maybe you feel betrayed by a close friend or relative? Your situation may be something much simpler or far worse — but while you’re in it, you can feel that you’ve been let down. If it’s not dealt with, this disappointment leads us to resentment, bitterness, anger, and apathy. The target of these emotions can become Jesus and His people.

    Unfortunately, we see this play out far too many times inside the church (God’s people, not the building). Understandably, miscommunications occur or expectations go unspoken. I know first hand what it’s like to inadvertently wound (and be wounded) inside the church family. I know the sound of that voice in my head that says, “It would just be so much easier to leave.” I can feel that way even when I know that (most times) the offense is completely unintended. I want to feel justified in my pain. I want to carry that hurt, rather than righteously deal with it.

    The Bible tells us in Colossians 3:13 to “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” The enemy would like nothing more than to rip apart the church from the inside. If he can keep Christians “stuck” and divided in their pain, then they will not be as effective as they can be for the Gospel.

    When we feel like it would be best for us to leave, we should endure and fight for peace. We need to take our pain to the Lord and let Him heal our wounds (Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7). We should strive for unity and humbly consider others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). We can believe the best of the people around us and assume the best about their motives. There are times when we need to have loving, honest, and humble conversations with whomever has offended us. We need to have forgiveness and reconciliation. This can be the very best thing for us — to stay and work through it with the people next to us.

    Let us endure in hope, Church. This endurance will grow our character. It will grow our hope for salvation. And that hope will NEVER disappoint!

    Hoping with you,

    Caleb

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  10. Be Quiet by

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    Be Quiet, A Word from Bryan Edwards from The Rock Church.

    “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”— Psalm 1:1-2

    We live in day and age where we have access to innumerable amounts of input, self-help tips, tricks, and secrets that offer help to improve our life and circumstances. On top of that, when you add the pressure and influence from unbelievers in our fallen world, it can cloud or confuse our thinking as to what is actually true.

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    We read in Psalms that true blessing, happiness, and joy will not be found apart from the truth of God’s Word; there is no place better to go. Jesus said so Himself in John 17, “your word is truth.”

    This means that the Word of God is always our standard for Truth — in all things. In the good days and the bad, God and His Word are always the best advice. This means that wisdom for our marriages or singleness, for our children and family, for our overall faith and growth in holiness, the Truth is always at our fingertips (as long as our hands are on our Bibles)!

    As Believers, we are blessed by the benefits His Word makes in our lives. And yet, as much as we know this, we fight daily to delight in the Truth.

    You may not be like me, but there are moments in my life when things get hard and the last thing I want to do is delight in the Word of God. In just this last month alone, our car broke down while on vacation, the water line to our new house burst, and as I write this, I believe our washer just went out. I have an extensive laundry list of things to complain about (pun intended)!

    All I’ve wanted to do is vent and stomp my feet. I’ve wanted to bark and complain. I’ve wanted others to tell me exactly what I want to hear, not so much what I need to hear. But, the Psalmist wisely warns us from falling into the trap of absorbing counsel from bad influences — you can become your own worst enemy in the process! Blessedness and joy will simply not be found there.

    So, I’ve decided (instead of complaining and letting my heart misfire and get the best of me), I’m going to make greater efforts to be the man who delights and meditates on the law of the Lord. At all times. Each day, I have been making an extra effort to turn everything off, to be quiet, and to meditate on the Truth of God’s Word. It has been so good for me! Some of the best guidance and counsel I’ve received lately did not come from a Google search or a blog. It has come in these quiet moments with God — simply focusing on what He has to say to me. Have you tried that lately?

    In this world you are going to be bombarded with many distractions. I implore you to make extra efforts get away with the Lord. For a moment, be quiet and simply listen. Make that time (today) to shut off your phone, close the laptop, and simply absorb and mediate on the Word of God. It’s always worth it.

    #blessed

    Bryan

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