Category: Christmas

The Vulnerability of Christmas
December 23rd, 2018

various texts The prophecy of a coming Messiah God gave through Isaiah had to wait a long time until it was fulfilled. Israel waited and hoped for a hundred years or so and then Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians. Jerusalem was ransacked, the temple destroyed, and the prominent citizens were taken into captivity. Where […]

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The Shipwrecked
December 18th, 2016

Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11 We have enjoyed another wonderful Children’s Christmas Pageant. It is a treat to see the children of the church in their costumes, speaking out their lines. Christmas Pageants are always a bit chaotic and we love the confusion, the timidity, the unexpected. It is a luxury for us to enjoy this Christmas […]

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Christmas Peace
December 11th, 2016

Luke 2 (Luke 2:13–14) Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Peace. Where is it? The angels appeared to shepherds in the vicinity of Bethlehem promising peace. […]

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Christmas Astonishment
December 4th, 2016

Luke 1 & 2 The word “astonishment” has its roots in old French and Latin in the word “thunder”. So to be astonished is to be thunderstruck. It is something good that is completely unexpected. If someone living in your home country, a family member or friend, without telling you they were coming, walked in […]

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Fear: Do not be afraid.
November 27th, 2016

Luke 2:8-20 When I was a young pastor, Annie and I took one of the best vacations we have ever had. My parents had invited us to come with them to the British Virgin Islands. We left Newark, New Jersey in a snow storm, handed our winter coats to my sister who had driven us […]

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