Category Archives: December

Why every Christian should say ‘I will’

Why should every single person say to God, “I will pray however You want me to pray, I will give whatever you want me to give, and I will go wherever and whenever You want me to go …?” I will go to my neighbor. And I will go to another nation. And not just another

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What a Gift

Luke 1:26-38 Begin with the pastor who went to the church in the snow and dropped into the plate $5.00. That is the amount the deacon paid him. Just think, said the boy, if we had given more we would have gotten more.When we think of Christmas, we rightfully think of the ultimate gift God

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How to Genuinely Celebrate Christmas

Titus 2:11-15 Someone has observed that there are three types of people: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and the overwhelming majority who have no idea what is happening. At Christmastime most of us, it seems, are in all three groups. Each year we make Christmas happen; we plan and prepare

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When an Ordinary Christmas Becomes Extraordinary

Luke 2:25-32 At times I am tempted to give up on Christmas. I need to qualify what I mean by that statement. Christmas as a cultural experience, in terms of shopping for my wife and two daughters, is real tough on me. In years past, I spent time and money shopping for these important ladies,

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The Meaning of Christmas

John 1:1-5; 10-14 Naturally, I will be preaching a Christmas sermon next week, but this week I want to step back from the manger scene to observe the bigger picture. What does Christmas mean? God told Abraham that the coming Christ would be a blessing to all peoples (Gen. 18:18) but in what way? Certainly we don’t twist

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