Advent: The Announcement (Matt 1 & Luke 1)

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year “with those kids jingle-belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer”. Its music is joyful and triumphant! It’s a time for adding events to your calendar and for checking your Christmas gift list. As you are preparing your calendar and wallet/purse for Christmas, make sureContinue reading “Advent: The Announcement (Matt 1 & Luke 1)”

Advent: God is Love (1 John 4:8)

In April of 1975, the #1 song in America was Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You”. It began with this line: “Loving you is easy because you’re beautiful.” Not because you are nice, not because you are kind, but because you are beautiful. This is actually a consistent theme in modern music. Turn on “Top 40” radioContinue reading “Advent: God is Love (1 John 4:8)”

Advent: Love (John 3:16)

Turn on the radio at any time of day and you will undoubtedly hear songs about love. The problem, however, is that the “love” they sing about is actually lust. It is selfish music. It is music that has devolved into an obsession about how someone looks and about how someone makes you feel. ItContinue reading “Advent: Love (John 3:16)”

Advent: Jesse’s Stump (Isaiah 11:1-10)

By the time this sermon is over, I pray that you will never be able look at a stump the same way again. I pray that every stump you see will cause you to pause and give thanks to God for providing you with hope because you remember that God does not reject His peopleContinue reading “Advent: Jesse’s Stump (Isaiah 11:1-10)”

The Virgin Birth (Matt 1:18-25 & Luke 1:26-38)

(Audio not available) 700 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah wrote: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Is. 7:14). This prophesy was fulfilled when Jesus was born to a virgin named Mary. The angel Gabriel was sent by God to tell her: “youContinue reading “The Virgin Birth (Matt 1:18-25 & Luke 1:26-38)”

The Son (Luke 3)

Christmas is just a few days away so there is still time to prepare.  For some of us, it means that there is still time to get that last minute gift.  With some retailers, such as Amazon, there is still time to have your gift delivered before Christmas.  In all the hurried frenzy of theContinue reading “The Son (Luke 3)”