Get Involved: Operation Christmas Child

Can you believe Christmas is in just 156 days!? Though December 25th is a time which most Christian’s in the world reflect God’s love shown through the giving of the greatest gift: Jesus, countless others have never heard of the name of Jesus.

Reborn Church is excited to host our first Operation: Christmas Child outreach as a church. Though this is our first year participating in this incredible outreach as a church, our church family has a rich heritage with this particular outreach. Amber Higginbotham, our resident Shoebox Coordinator and expert has been packing literally thousands of shoeboxes over the past few years in support of this project.

Operation Christmas Child, an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse, is an incredible, worldwide outreach directed at taking the hope of Jesus to some of the most remote regions in the world. By providing boxes full of items lovingly collected (i.e. small toys, games, school supplies, toothbrushes, etc.) and combining them with Bibles, devotional materials, and other Christian materials in the child’s native language, the Gospel of Jesus is being shared with entire communities around the globe. 

This year the Reborn Church family will be packing 300 shoeboxes, and we need your help!

There are two primary ways you can help with this year’s shoebox packing event!

Buy items needed to help us fill 300 boxes on Amazon. The items included on this special Amazon list will go directly into one of our 300 boxes and are important to help us include useful items that will physically bless the children receiving our boxes. Your items will ship directly to our shoebox packing location.

Help support the cost of shipping our boxes. Shipping cost $9 per box and helps cover both the logistical costs of shipping and the cost of the devotional materials that go in each box. Because we are shipping 300 boxes at the cost of $9 each, the total being raised for shipping is $2700.

Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming shoebox packing party!

What is truth?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)

What is truth? In the modern world this question has become less absolute and more subjective than ever before. Truth has been under assault as most grapple with their personal choices and not wanting anything (or anyone) to challenge them. Absolute truth has now been replaced with a scale of truth or the thought that what is true for you might not be true for me… but, is this way of thinking… true? Is it Biblical? Can we know truth? Does the Scripture have anything to say about this important topic? More than we might imagine.

If you are struggling with the concept of truth, you aren’t the first (and won’t be the last). In one insightful exchange the Roman governor of Judaea, Pilate, has a conversation with Jesus about this exact topic. “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. (Romans 18:38 NIV) Pilate did what so many others before him and after him do… he didn’t stick around long enough to get the answer. 

Sunday we explored Preparing for the Battle and putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). If you missed the message you can catch up on our YouTube channel here. Today we are going to explore just one component of the full armor of God, the “belt of truth” (Ephesians 6:14). The Scripture challenges us to “stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist”. Before we can suit up… we have to answer the question: what is truth?

In the context of Pilate’s question, we can look back to the Scriptures to begin understanding “what” (or better yet, who) truth is: “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:37 NIV) In this exchange Jesus begins to make a profound statement… truth is an indication of those who are “on the side of truth”. For those who reject truth, they also reject Jesus Christ.

Our focal verse for today is the simplest answer to the question. What is truth? Jesus is truth. Jesus Himself said it this way: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV) Jesus Himself is the perfect manifestation of perfect truth. Apart from Him it is impossible for us to know, see, understand, or accept real truth. When we reject the Truth, we will never be able to live life the way God intended for us to.

Today this devotion is for those who have surrendered their life to Jesus. To you I remind you: truth is paramount. Truth is unchanging. What is true is always true or it was never true. The truth that we need to live, grow, and fight in the daily battles of life is God’s Word. Within the 66 God-breathed books of the Bible we see God’s perfect revelation for mankind. How we should live, work, interact with others, serve God, and everything we need to be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 

Trying to live life as a follower of Jesus with “subjective truth” will leave us cold, hanging firmly in midair, with no foundation to fight from or grown from. We need truth. We need Jesus. What is true is always true for all people. Its time to get back to the Scriptures, to firmly buckle the belt of truth around our waists, and to filter every thought through the unchanging, unyielding, beautiful truth of our God.

Welcome to Reborn Church

On behalf of our entire team at Reborn Church, welcome! Reborn Church is on a mission to love Jesus and others, radically. Formed primarily as an online church, Reborn Church is a continuation of the ministry we’ve been engaged with for about a decade. Reborn Church, formerly My Emanuel, is the next step in our deepest desire to make the name of Jesus know around the world. 

Over the next several weeks and months we will be updating our website, solidifying some operational needs, and launching new ministries as God leads. You can connect with us in 3 primary ways: Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. Reborn Church has 3 primary missions as a church:

  • Proclaim the name of Jesus and the certainty of salvation through faith alone in Jesus alone (Romans 10:9). You may hear this referred to as “evangelism”, and this is a huge part of who we are as a people. We want the whole world to have the opportunity to know the good news of Jesus (John 3:16).
  • Encourage, challenge, and equip followers of Jesus to fully devoted disciples. You may hear this referred to as “discipleship”, and this is also a huge part of who we are. We are doers of God’s Word (James 1:22) and we feel led to encourage and equip others to be too.
  • Equip and send out disciples to proclaim the name of Jesus in their community and throughout the world. You may hear this referred to as “missions”, and this is the 3rd pillar of our mission as a church. We believe it is the duty of every believer to share Jesus with those they love, know, and interact with (Matthew 28:19-20).

Over the next few weeks we will be taking care of some important foundational statements and proclamations. What do we believe? What will we do as a church? How can you get plugged in and engaged? All those are important questions. Let us start here: we believe that the Bible is the inspired, God breathed, perfect revelation from the Creator of the Universe to mankind. We believe that all Scripture is perfect, profitable, and useful for teaching, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 

Please contact us at socialmedia@wearereborn.church if you have specific questions, prayer needs, or we can serve you in some way. If you see references to “My Emanuel” throughout our site, images, etc., remember we are the same ministry. We have an abundance of tools, articles, devotional resources, and more at the My Emanuel website and encourage you to take a look around.

Be on the look out soon for us to address a few questions:

  • Why “another” church?
  • How can I get involved? 
  • What can I be in prayer for about Reborn Church?

Until then, may our good God bless you, sustain you, encourage you, and strengthen you, in Jesus name, amen.