Contributed on Nov 22, 2006
Rather than shine light into the darkness, God brought light out of darkness, hope out of despair for Israel and will do so for us.
Introduction: In America today, when most people think of Christmas, they think of images like these. (Show slides of Christmas images.) We have a very glamorous, glittery, plastic, cheery, bright image of Christmas here in America. It’s a holiday of parties, and gifts and shopping and ...read more
Contributed on Dec 4, 2006
Out of the cultural shame surrounding Mary’s pregnancy, God brought Great Joy to ALL PEOPLE. He will also take my shame and bring joy.
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2006
Just as God worked in the frustration of the first Christmas, He can use our frustrations and hurts to bring peace to us and to others.
Introduction: [“12 Crazy Days of Christmas” video from Sermonspice.com] Holiday frustration. I think that little clip sums it up pretty well. The time of year when we focus on peace, we often find very little of it. The season that is supposed to celebrate the birth of the “Prince of Pease” ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2006
Out of the darkness that surrounded the first Christmas, God brought the LIGHT.
Introduction: [“Flicker” video from Sermonspice.com] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the ...read more