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Obedient Faithfulness

Obedient Faithfulness Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas Day Matthew 1:18-25 Have you ever committed to something only to find out that it was more than you bargained for? That you were “in-over-your-head” or “underwater” from the start? The kind of thing that gives you buyer’s remorse? Like: maybe you’ve purchased a used car that you later realized was a little more “used” than you anticipated. You thought it was in pretty good condition only to find out a few months later it needed a new transmission and it would cost a ton to fix? Have you ever taken a job with a very clear “scope of work” or a specific job description... only to be given more and more tasks and responsibiliti

Good News to Share!

Good News to Share - Christmas Eve Luke 1:1-4;26-38 Luke 2:1-20 I know it’s hard to believe - especially if you’ve watched ANY network news broadcast over the past few years... but according to a scientific sociological study (2010), it has actually been proven... that good news travels faster than bad news. (According to an article published by Danny Saavedra...) Dr. Jonah Berger, a world-renowned expert on word of mouth, viral marketing, and social influence... summed up the findings of this extensive study by stating, "If I've just read [a] story that changes the way I understand the world and myself, I want to talk to others about what it means." That’s amazing, isn’t it? But it’s als

The Best Gift of All

“The Best Gift of All” - Sermon for 12/23/18 Matthew 1:18-25 John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world that He gave us Jesus... - John 3:16 Since Christmas is this Tuesday, I think we can all be completely honest with ourselves and each other... and confess... that we LOVE receiving gifts! And there's nothing in the world wrong with that! I mean, who doesn’t like presents? They’re awesome. Seriously, what’s not to love about getting cool things from people who care about you? I'll admit it... I love receiving gifts from people. It satisfies my core need for approval and acceptance. Because receiving gifts from people makes me feel as though they truly love, appreciate, and accept me, for m

Preparing for a Surprise!

Preparing for a Surprise! Isaiah 2:1-5 Matthew 24:36-44 Are you prepared for a surprise? Sounds counterintuitive! Ridiculous even! I mean, how can you be prepared for a surprise? By definition, a surprise is something you can’t be prepared for... otherwise it wouldn’t be a surprise, would it? But that’s what Jesus seems to be telling his disciples (and us) in the scripture we’ve heard today. Jesus said, “If [a homeowner] had known at what time of night [a] thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into...” In other words... Christ is telling us, that his coming will catch many off-guard... asleep. So expect him when you would least expect him

Where to Begin?

Where to Begin? Isaiah 40:1-5 Mark 1:1-8 How many of us are ready for Christmas? I mean... really ready for Christmas? You’ve already bought all your gifts... wrapped them... and they’re under your tree (assuming your tree is up and decorated yet)? What about cooking? Have you already bought all your supplies? Christmas cards? Have you been to Tiger Town or the Mall lately? Or even Wal*Mart? All those parking lots that are usually only half full at best, are overflowing! Everyone and their third cousin twice removed is out shopping! There’s so much extra stuff to do this time of year! It’s so hectic... sometimes it makes you wonder that to tend to first! And, Mark, the Gospel writer,

Preparing to Remember

Preparing to Remember Luke 21:25-36 Jeremiah 33:14-16 I was reading this week where an atheist was complaining to a Christian friend, “You Christians have wonderful holidays, like Christmas and Easter. Jews celebrate their holidays, too, such as Passover and Yom Kippur. But we atheists have no recognized holidays. It’s unfair, it’s discrimination!” The Christian friend replied, “Why don’t you celebrate April first?” We have a lot of holidays! In fact, this time of the year is often referred to as “The Holidays.” I find it somewhat ironic that an atheist would want to celebrate any “holiday” at all... since the word literally means “holy day.” And holy means consecrated or dedicated..

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