Contributed on Dec 6, 2006
Part one of a four part series on the four themes of Advent - hope, peace, joy, and love. Describes "hope" and how it is powerful and beneficial.
I enjoy celebrating Advent first, and then celebrating Christmas. You see, our world has commercialized Christmas so much so that what used to be a fairly sacred time of year is now only talked about in terms of company profits, consumer spending, Hollywood blockbuster movies, TV events, finding ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2006
This is the second message of Advent, but I crafted it in conjunction with a missionary presentation we had at our church using Isaiah 52:7 - this sermon would be helpful in this setting.
When we began the service this morning, we read from Isaiah 52 – on the screen behind me is verse 7 (let’s read it together): How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! Today ...read more
Contributed on Dec 20, 2006
A different message on JOY (the theme of the third week of Advent) that focuses on joy that comes from serving God.
It’s the 3rd week of Advent – have you been keeping up at home? I hope so. Today’s topic is JOY. Just as in the past weeks with peace and hope, JOY is a huge subject that we will barely scratch the surface of today. But I want to use a great story from John 4 to show you one way that Jesus said you ...read more