Dec 24, 2021
The Power That Stole Christmas
The Power That Stole Christmas
If you were to ask someone the night of Jesus’ birth who the most powerful person in the world was, they would have reflexively responded, “Caesar Augustus.” He is the one, after all, who with a decree can send a peasant couple scrambling from Nazareth to Bethlehem. But true power was lying in a manger. How often do we seek to control our own lives – and even the lives of others – while forgetting that true power is in Christ?
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  • Dec 24, 2021The Power That Stole Christmas
    Dec 24, 2021
    The Power That Stole Christmas
    The Power That Stole Christmas
    If you were to ask someone the night of Jesus’ birth who the most powerful person in the world was, they would have reflexively responded, “Caesar Augustus.” He is the one, after all, who with a decree can send a peasant couple scrambling from Nazareth to Bethlehem. But true power was lying in a manger. How often do we seek to control our own lives – and even the lives of others – while forgetting that true power is in Christ?
  • Dec 19, 2021The Grief That Stole Christmas
    Dec 19, 2021
    The Grief That Stole Christmas
    The Grief That Stole Christmas As joyful as the holiday season is supposed to be, for some, this time of year brings grief, especially if they have recently lost a loved one. Jesus too knows the pain of loss. He weeps with you in your loss. But He can also overcome your loss with His promise of everlasting life.
  • Dec 12, 2021The Conflict That Stole Christmas
    Dec 12, 2021
    The Conflict That Stole Christmas
    The Conflict That Stole Christmas When families get together, conflict can abound. We can get frustrated with each other instead of celebrating with each other. James reminds us that, instead of fighting with others, we can trust in God to bring ultimate justice to all, even when we feel as though others have wronged us.
  • Dec 5, 2021The Schedule That Stole Christmas
    Dec 5, 2021
    The Schedule That Stole Christmas
    The Schedule That Stole Christmas During the holidays, there are parties to attend and presents to buy and relatives to visit and too many things to do! The stress of the season can steal joy from the season. It is important that, rather than overscheduling ourselves, we take time for rest and, when we need it, be willing to ask for help.
  • Nov 28, 2021The Materialism That Stole Christmas
    Nov 28, 2021
    The Materialism That Stole Christmas
    The Materialism That Stole Christmas It is easy to get so focused on the gifts of Christmas that we forget about the Gift of Christmas! Materialism is rampant not only during the holidays, but in our society, all year long. In Luke 12, Jesus tells a parable that reminds us that the earthly things we store up for ourselves are not nearly as important as the spiritual inheritance that is ours in Christ.
  • Nov 24, 2021Thanksgiving Essentials
    Nov 24, 2021
    Thanksgiving Essentials
    Series: (All)
    Thanksgiving Essentials.
    Thanksgiving Day is a special day. As a national holiday it is different from all others. On it, we do not celebrate a great victory in battle. Nor do we honor a great person. It is a day when we thank God for the blessings we, as a nation, enjoy. In the Old Testament, Moses instructed the people of Israel to, “praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.” How might we thank and praise God? What are the Essentials of Thanksgiving?
  • Nov 21, 2021What I Get
    Nov 21, 2021
    What I Get
    Series: Receipts
    RECEIPTS: What I Get The riches we have received, ultimately, have nothing to do with our goodness, but with God’s grace. When was the last time we truly took stock of just how recklessly God has blessed us and just how freely God forgives us?
  • Nov 14, 2021What I Give
    Nov 14, 2021
    What I Give
    Series: Receipts
    RECEIPTS: What I Give The Christian churches in Macedonia were impoverished. But that did not stop them from being generous. So often, we create excuses not to be generous. But if we truly took stock of what we had, we might just find that we can give in ways we never imagined!
  • Nov 7, 2021What I Spend
    Nov 7, 2021
    What I Spend
    Series: Receipts
    RECEIPTS: What I Spend Jesus tells a story where three men receive lavish amounts of money – years’ worth of wages – from their master. Two invest the money wisely and joyously. The third is fearful and foolish. We have been lavishly blessed by God! When we spend our money, are we wise and joyful, or fearful and foolish?
  • Oct 31, 2021The Promise of Grace
    Oct 31, 2021
    The Promise of Grace
    For those who feel hopeless, grace offers a promise – God is for you. Your righteousness does not define your standing with God. He defines His standing with you out of His love for you.
  • Oct 24, 2021The Scandal of Grace
    Oct 24, 2021
    The Scandal of Grace
    AMAZING GRACE: The Scandal of Grace Our culture operates on a system of merit – we get what we deserve. Grace upends this system because the very definition of grace is when we get what we do not deserve. But grace always gives us more than enough.
  • Oct 3, 2021Sinner, but Saint
    Oct 3, 2021
    Sinner, but Saint
    STRANGE BUT TRUE: Sinner, but Saint
    As Christians, we are saved saints! Yet, we still struggle with sin. This is an ongoing tension we have inside of ourselves until we die. Living in this tension requires God’s forgiveness and grace!
  • Sep 26, 2021Now, but Not Yet
    Sep 26, 2021
    Now, but Not Yet
    STRANGE BUT TRUE: Now, but Not Yet The kingdom of God came with Christ, but we do not feel or see its full effects. It is here now, but it is not yet fully realized. We see this tension come out especially clearly in the healing stories in the Gospels. Although Jesus heals some people, He does not heal all people. We see some amazing things now, but we are still waiting for the amazing things that are yet to come.
  • Sep 19, 2021God, but Man
    Sep 19, 2021
    God, but Man
    STRANGE BUT TRUE: God, but Man There is a doctrine known as the hypostatic union in Christ. Simply put, there is only one Jesus, but this Jesus has two natures: He is God and He is man. Paul explains this well as he points to Jesus’ human characteristics, like His death on a cross, while also asserting His divinity, saying that the very fullness of God dwells in Christ.
  • Sep 12, 2021One, but Three
    Sep 12, 2021
    One, but Three
    STRANGE BUT TRUE: One, but Three
    The doctrine of the Trinity says that there is only one God, yet He is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From the opening pages of Scripture we see all three persons present. God is creating. The Spirit is hovering. And Jesus is the Word who is spoken.