Weekly Newsletter: A Message from Mary’s Surrender + Grit, Grace, Gratitude + More!

by | Dec 21, 2023 | The Reflectionary

It’s the Thursday before Christmas! You’re likely finishing up preparation for your Christmas Eve services, so I’ll be brief today.

I wrote a blog post about the three spiritual practices I believe will be essential in 2024 to give you life.

READ: The 3 Spiritual Practices That Will Save Your Life as a Leader

And I’ve finished the notes on my own Christmas / Advent sermon ideas and they are below…

Keep on growing!



This Week’s Big Sermon Idea

When God Wants to Change the World

The Big Point: God could certainly choose to overpower the world with his glory, but instead, he chooses to patiently share his love and his message of redemption through redeemed people.

Read and Share the Sermon Idea »

See More Resources for Advent 2023 »


Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:

From the Description:

This three-part Christmas series unpacks each word of the title. It will challenge students to recognize the significance of Jesus’s incarnation for our daily lives.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


Links for Leaders

No extra links this week, but they’ll be back next week!



Events for Church Leaders

Neighborhood Economics: A National Conversation With a Local Impact

February 26-28, 2024
San Antonio, Texas

Convening and recruiting people who repair local economies – Join us as we facilitate ongoing conversations across geographies that help people build the economic architecture so everyone will thrive.

Exponential 2024

March 4 – 7, 2024
Orlando, Florida

Although making disciples is the clear mission of the Church, when asked, most churches say that making disciples who make disciples is still their biggest weakness.


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