Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

Still My Favorite   Leave a comment

Christmas.  How I could so easily write it off this year.  The economy is still down, at least it is in my world.  The costs of raising two teenagers rises constantly, especially with one graduating high school and the other about to get his driver’s license.  Would YOU like to share my car insurance bill?  Diane and I have both had health issues this year with her ankle still not quite what it should be and my knees deterioration continues to heighten.

We have emotional issues dealing with stress – I’m sure you’re shocked.  My Dad passed away this year.  School has drained more of my energy than I told it to.  David Jr. and his family will not be able to make it up from the deep south this time; maybe in spring (fingers crossed).

If I wanted to, I could easily write off this year’s Christmas and sit at home and mope.

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Peace – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Luke 2:21-38.  The role of Jesus was to bring God’s love to those who were anticipating it (as well as those not).  This sense of relief, or peace, should be present in Christians today. Read the rest of this entry »

Love – Sermon Summary   1 comment

Matthew 1:18-25.

God’s gift of love has positive effects on all of His people.  The gift of love is really God giving of Himself.  The Bible teaches us that God is love.  We see this as God cares for His people as a shepherd loving his flock.  The ultimate example of this is in the life, ministry and substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  And we also see the gift in the Holy Spirit, sent to believers upon receiving the Lord into our hearts as our Counselor, Teacher, Encourager; the very presence of God with us – Emmanuel! Read the rest of this entry »

Merry Christmas   Leave a comment

With time quickly approaching one of the most beautiful days of the year, I simply want to wish all a Christ-filled Christmas.  May the joy of the Lord completely envelop your life both now and forevermore.  My prayer for you is that of God’s peace and love.

Joy – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Luke 2:9-14.

When the angel appeared to the shepherds, the claim was that the news being delivered was that of great joy.  Not just any news, or news that causes a bit of a stir – but news that brings something incredible into the lives of all who hear, understand and believe.  Joy! Read the rest of this entry »

Faith – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Luke 1:26-38.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certainof what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1, NIV, emphasis mine.

While the Greek word for “faith” makes young people giggle, this complex word can basically be used as a noun or a verb.  Exorcising your faith would be known as “faithing.”  Try getting that past your spell check. Read the rest of this entry »

Hope – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Luke 2:1-20.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hopefor…” Hebrews 11:1a, NIV, emphasis mine.

When I was at Boyce Bible school in the mid 90s, I remember a fellow student proclaiming to our class that he would never preach on the subject of hope because it contains an element of doubt.  While I have to disagree with his line of thinking, I can certainly see the logic behind his conclusion.  However, my choice and preference is to see the glass 3/4 full when it comes to this topic. Read the rest of this entry »