Contributed on Dec 2, 2012
Simeon said Jesus was to be a light for the Gentiles. What exactly did that mean? And why should I care if He was or not?
A Sunday School teacher had given her class an assignment to read Isaiah chapter 9. The next Sunday she asked the class how many had remembered to read the chapter. Every hand went up. “Wonderful! she said, I’ve got a piece of candy for anyone that complete the 2nd half of this verse: ’The ...read more
Contributed on Dec 9, 2012
The Bible tells us that the Gospel was preached first to the Jews. Why would they get first crack at salvation? And what can this mean to us?
OPEN BY READING from Luke 2:8-15 "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I ...read more
Contributed on Dec 17, 2012
If the Gospel message is all about Jesus coming to die for our sins... why would God waste ink telling about the birth of a baby Jesus in a manger? What possible impact could that story have on our understanding of God’s gift of salvation?
OPEN: Santa Claus has come into the 21st century – he has an email now. Apparently you can email Santa at Emailsanta.com. It seems they get over a million emails a year, and among those emails are these intriguing comments: • A boy named Jon wrote: “I’m sorry, but I don’t have a chimney... I’ll ...read more
Contributed on Dec 23, 2012
Some people regard Jesus to be like Santa Claus - He’s just a little further up the food chain. But as our Messiah, Jesus came to offer far more than a jolly elf. What is it that Jesus as Messiah offers that this world can not equal?
It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. The preacher, was looking at the nativity outside when he noticed the baby Jesus was missing. Immediately, he turned towards the church to call the police. But as he was about to do so, he saw little Jimmy with a red wagon, and in the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 30, 2012
Jesus said He offered a different peace than the world did. But what kind of peace does the world offer us and how is what Jesus gives better than that?
OPEN: How many of you have ever heard of a singer named Travis Tritt? Now he’s a famous Country singer, but before he made it big, Tritt spent years playing in small out-of-the-way bars and taverns. He said that (as you might expect) these were dangerous places. His fans were mostly drunks ...read more