Contributed on Dec 7, 2014
Nazareth would seem to be an insignificant backwater town. That's how most scholars have painted it. The city didn't even seem to make much difference in the life of Christ. But is there more to its story?
OPEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGlEte0qPFM What you just saw was the opening celebration for last year’s “Christmas in Nazareth”. It’s a 5 day festival that begins with the lighting of a Christmas tree and fireworks. In the following days there are parades, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 14, 2014
For years I thought the only reason the Wisemen came to Jerusalem was to get directions. But I was wrong. What other possible reason could the Wisemen have had for going there?
My home church met in a huge building. The main sanctuary had four sections of pews that ran back 12 rows or so and the back section had another 2 sets of pews. Then there were two balconies that ran along the sides of the main area. They said they could seat over 600 people in that building. ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2014
In the day of Jesus, Bethlehem wasn't very impressive. And yet God chose it as the birthplace of the King. Why?
I love to sing, and so I want to start out this sermon by having us all sing the first 2 verses of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. “O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above your deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets ...read more
Contributed on Dec 28, 2014
God had planned this trip to Egypt for centuries. But why choose that pagan land? Why not someplace else?
OPEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLc81CS7TY4 (We turned the video's sound down as I explained the artist and artwork that was being shown). I’m not much for modern art, but this particular piece of artwork intrigued me. It’s the work of the renowned French artist Bernard Pras. ...read more