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The Characters of Christmas: Simeon
The Characters of Christmas: Simeon

Introduction

With this sermon, we conclude our series on the Characters of Christmas. My goal throughout this series has been to give us a perspective ...


When you "see" Jesus are you filled with excitement and anticipation?


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The Characters of Christmas: Wise Men
The Characters of Christmas: Wise Men

Introduction

Every manger scene includes the Wise Men and every Christmas season finds us singing the popular Christmas carol, “We Three Kings.” ...


The Wise Men's desire to find and worship the King should cause each of us to consider our own personal worship of the King.


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The Characters of Christmas: Shepherds
The Characters of Christmas: Shepherds

Introduction

Christmas time is filled with tradition. One tradition that some families have is to read the Christmas story on Christmas morning before ...


As believers we must understand that the gospel reaches all people.


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The Characters of Christmas: Joseph
The Characters of Christmas: Joseph

Introduction

Matthew’s gospel tells the story of Joseph and how Joseph learns that Mary is pregnant with the Messiah. Joseph was a descendant of ...


We must learn to align our lives to God’s plan as he leads.


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The Characters of Christmas: Mary
The Characters of Christmas: Mary

Introduction

Dave Richards was raised in a strong Christian home. When sharing his testimony with others he sometimes refers to himself as a “lifer.” ...


When God’s will is made clear in life and we obey, nothing is impossible.


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The Characters of Christmas: Zechariah
The Characters of Christmas: Zechariah

About the Series

We all love a good story. A well-crafted story contains a beginning, middle, and end. The plot keeps the reader engaged as conflict moves ...


God has the power to work through us despite what we believe is a problem/deficiency.


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The Once Wise Man
The Once Wise Man

A wise man ... A man of knowledge ... An advisor to kings.

These were once words used to describe me. Of course, I had not actively pursued such distinction. ...


Through a star, a magnificent star God showed us his power and through a small vulnerable baby named Jesus he showed us his love.


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More Than a Holiday - Growing in Wisdom
More Than a Holiday - Growing in Wisdom

Introduction

I’m excited to kick off our Advent series that we’ve called “More Than a Holiday,” because in this series, we’re ...


True wisdom grows in community, obedience, and trials.


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More Than a Holiday - Facing Temptation
More Than a Holiday - Facing Temptation

Introduction

We are in the second week of our Advent series called “More Than a Holiday,” because Christmas is just that—it’s much ...


When we face temptation, we need to hold fast to our confession and draw near to Jesus.


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More Than a Holiday - Persevering Through Suffering
More Than a Holiday - Persevering Through Suffering

Introduction

Isaiah 53, a very familiar chapter for some, and it’s going to be our text today for the third week of our Advent Series that we’ve ...


Knowing God is sovereign helps us persevere through suffering with peace in our hearts.


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More Than a Holiday - Receiving Power
More Than a Holiday - Receiving Power

Introduction

We’re in the fourth week of our Advent series where we are considering the Christmas message together, that God became a man in Jesus. ...


The Holy Spirit gives us the power to become more Christlike.


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Christmas Stories: A Jesus Story
Christmas Stories: A Jesus Story

Introduction

(Read Luke 2:1-20)

How it starts

Listen, my friends, and you will hear a Christmas story that has no peer.It's better than Grinches and ...


Christ's coming was anything but ordinary.


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The Gift of the Son: Prince of Peace
The Gift of the Son: Prince of Peace

Introduction

During Advent we've been looking at Isaiah's wonderful prophecy of a child that is to be born, of a son that is to be given, and now we come ...


We need the Prince of Peace if we are to encounter the peace and hope the world craves.


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How Do I Escape the Christmas Traps?
How Do I Escape the Christmas Traps?

Introduction

Advent is about enjoying and admiring Jesus. It's a season we observe each year at this time, during which we endeavor to do something intentional: ...


Through his coming, Jesus rescues us so we may partner with him.


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What Difference Does Christmas Make
What Difference Does Christmas Make

Introduction

Here we are, at the very beginning of the Christmas season. Oh, I know the malls and stores have been playing Christmas music and hanging ...


Many questions we ask about Christmas today were asked at the first Christmas, too.


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Estimating the Value of God's Gift
Estimating the Value of God's Gift

Introduction

Christmas was an exciting time and Joey was excited too; as excited as any 10-year-old boy could be. For him Christmas was still a time ...


Open, receive, and use God's gift?


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Who Is Jesus?
Who Is Jesus?

Introduction

Who is Jesus? So this is the time we celebrate Christ's birth. And we have many traditions to commemorate Christ's birth. But the question ...


Whoever this Jesus is, he is all-encompassing.


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More Than a Baby
More Than a Baby

Introduction

We find in Luke 1 the well-known story of the prophecy of the birth of Jesus that comes to Mary. Most of you could give me the details of ...


Jesus came in a wooden manger to die on a wooden cross.


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Have Yourself a Global Little Christmas
Have Yourself a Global Little Christmas

Introduction

[The sermon began with a 30-second clip from the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," performed by Michal Bublé.]

I really ...


What does it mean to have a global Christmas message?


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A Disgraceful Christmas
A Disgraceful Christmas

Introduction

I want to ask us a question: What words do you associate with Christmas? I did that exercise with myself and this is the list of words that ...


God can use the most disgraceful moments of our lives to do great good.


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God with Skin
God with Skin

Introduction

I don't know if you saw the story in the CBC News about the data from NASA that was recently published. This data shows that in our galaxy, ...


Jesus took on flesh so that we could become sons and daughters of God.


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Oh Christmas Three
Oh Christmas Three

Introduction

We have been reflecting on the birth of Jesus, and what we found in this season that we celebrate is that when God chose to enter his own ...


The wise person continues to seek and worship Jesus.


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Against the Rules
Against the Rules

Introduction

People start thinking and doing strange things as the holidays come around. Have you noticed that? I heard about this group of youngsters ...


Our allegiance to Christ should impact the way we live our lives.


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The Most Shocking Madonna Song Ever
The Most Shocking Madonna Song Ever

Introduction

Flipping through the radio dial you hear all kinds of Christmas music right now, and one of the songs that seems to be on the loop for most ...


Christ's birth brings blessings.


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The Forgotten Man of Christmas
The Forgotten Man of Christmas

Introduction

There was a family which like many of our families has a Nativity set, and each Christmas season they would set that Nativity set up beneath ...


Joseph is remarkably simple and simply remarkable in his obedience.


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Preparing for the Gift
Preparing for the Gift

Introduction

December is a month that raises all kinds of feelings for us. Some really look forward to this time. For others there are things that we dread ...


Jesus is the gift to be excited about.


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What Child Is This?

Introduction

I want to wish you a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

We just finished singing "What Child Is This?" and I think it's an appropriate ...


What's the big deal with Christmas? Jesus is God 'with' us and God 'for' us.


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Zechariah's Song

Introduction

Starting last week, this week, and next week, we are taking some time in our preparation for and anticipation of the holiday season to look ...


God breaks through silence in unexpected ways.


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Simeon's Song

Introduction

I've been reading a gift somebody got for me. It's a fascinating book called Medieval Views of the Cosmos. When I say it's fascinating, ...


We're all in the waiting business. How we wait on God makes all the difference.


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Following Christ in a Material World

Introduction

"Living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl"

The princess ...


God blesses us so that we will bless others.


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A God Who Redeems

Introduction

Today, we're not only talking about a God who is with us, but also a God who redeems us. I want to talk to those who feel helpless and hopeless ...


God promises, we mess it up, Jesus redeems.


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The "Unbelievable" True Story of Christmas
The "Unbelievable" True Story of Christmas

Introduction

One of the ironies of modern history is that the majority of people who celebrate around Christmas have never really heard the real Christmas ...


The real story of Christmas is more wonderful, fantastic, and life-changing than we ever imagined.


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The Great Polarizer

Introduction

Few events change the lives of a married couple more than the birth of a child. You take a stable relationship of a husband and wife and suddenly ...


Jesus is the great polarizer—you can love or hate him but you can't ignore him.


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Down Lower, Up Higher
Down Lower, Up Higher

Introduction

There was no question he loved her. He was absolutely bedazzled by her. It was surprising, really, because she was quite plain. But ...


For the sake of love, at Christmas Christ came down to us, dying on a cross and rising into glory.


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The Larger Story of Christmas
The Larger Story of Christmas

Introduction

It's just after ten o'clock on Christmas Eve, which means there are a handful of questions floating around this room: Did I remember ...


The story of Christmas sweeps us into God's larger story to rescue his people.


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The Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Introduction

Today we're going to look at Luke chapter 2. There is a Christmas song tucked within this Christmas story that I want to uncover—a song ...


Christmas reminds us that Jesus provides the answers to all our fears.


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Christmas in the City of Jerusalem

Introduction

We're going to do something a little different this year in December. We want to focus on a "Hometown Christmas." Typically we tend to think ...


The Christmas story reveals that people still resist, ignore, or embrace Jesus.


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Waiting for the Fullness of Time

Introduction

Last Saturday I wrote these words:

I'm at the airport—waiting. I arrived at 7:15 A.M. It's now 9:40. My 8:38 flight was canceled and ...

Advent reminds us that God's plan always includes seasons of waiting.


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What Christmas Love Always Does

From the editor:

Every year at Christmastime, news stations run video segments of crazy shoppers pushing and shoving each other to get their hands on the ...


God gave lavishly to us, and we will be blessed when we give lavishly to others.


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God in Our Sorrows
God in Our Sorrows

The Advent is where God meets us in our sorrow.

The word advent means an arriving or an appearing. It's the arrival of something we hoped for, something ...



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The Neglected Joseph Davidson

Introduction

I think I had better introduce myself. My name is Joseph Davidson. Many of you already know me. I've been hanging around Christmas for a long ...



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If Christ Had Not Come

Several years ago, a group of historians met and asked a number of intriguing questions. What if the Moors had won in the great historic battle in Spain? ...



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The Christmas Plunge

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Who doesn't love reflecting on the amazing story of Mary, a teenage girl swept up in something so unexpected, so epic? The Incarnation ...


God's willingness to step into our mess comforts us—and calls us to a new standard of living.


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A Tiny Gift—Strangely Wrapped, Silently Delivered

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:15
Topic: How God wrapped the indescribable gift of Jesus.

From the editor:

It's not yet Thanksgiving, but we suspect you are well ...


In the birth of Jesus, God has delivered an indescribable gift to us.


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God's Protection and Delight


Zephaniah paints a picture of love.


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The Refining Love of God

Introduction

In this Advent season, we are looking at the theme of God's promise of better days for our lives. That is the hope of Advent and Christmas, ...


Malachi bring assurance and warning.


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The Power of Hope

Introduction

In this Advent season, we are looking at the theme of God's promise of better days for our lives. That is the hope of Advent and Christmas: ...


Jeremiah prophesies the movement of God.


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The Peace Jesus Brings
The Peace Jesus Brings

Introduction

In this Advent season, we are looking at the theme of God's promise of better days for our lives. That is the hope of Advent and Christmas, ...


Micah predicts the coming Messiah.


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What Child Is This Who Came Not to Bring Peace?

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One of the more popular texts in the Advent and Christmas season is Isaiah 9:1–7. Preachers love to explore the beauty of our having ...


Jesus came not to bring immediate peace, but to divide us from our illegitimate allegiances.


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The Virgin Birth

From the editor:

In the conversations I've had with seekers, Paul's assertion in 1 Corinthians 1:23 is spot on: the mysterious death of Christ is quite ...


The Virgin Birth is absolutely critical to our salvation, because what we need is a Savior.


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