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  • A Christmas Reality Check

    Contributed by Gene Haraldsen on Jul 16, 2004
    based on 13 ratings
     | 5,589 views

    Sometimes we romanticize Christmas and when we do we miss some of its most crucial messages. The real story of Christmas is about real life and real struggles and real truth.

    A Christmas Reality Check Luke 2:1-7 The Christmas of today is very different than the first Christmas: Today: The manger scene usually includes angels hovering, shepherds watching, animals gazing, clean straw, a strong looking Joseph, a vulnerable yet invincible baby, a halo over ...read more

  • Believing The Impossible

    Contributed by Don Schultz on Nov 30, 2004
    based on 114 ratings
     | 6,114 views

    Joseph was asked to believe the impossible. This Christmas, we are asked to do the same.

    Matthew 1:18-25 Believing the Impossible (communion this Sunday) Is it good or bad to be skeptical? Sometimes, it’s good, isn’t it? When you receive an email from someone you don’t know, and that someone says to you that they want to help you, but they need some information. If you could ...read more

  • God In A Manger Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 33 ratings
     | 3,113 views

    Christmas is not primarily about Jesus’ infancy. Christmas is primarily about Jesus’ deity. This sermon observes several truths which affirm Jesus’ deity.

    Scripture The most common pattern for planning worship services in Christian churches throughout the centuries has been through the use of the Christian calendar. The Christian calendar, developed in antiquity, was the way in which churches worshiped up until the Reformation. After the ...read more

  • The Necessity Of The Virgin Birth

    Contributed by Jerry Flury on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 58 ratings
     | 2,844 views

    The importance of Christ’s virgin birth.

    THE NECESSITY OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” I. The Controversy Concerning the Virgin Birth. A. Beginning in the early nineteen hundreds liberal theologians ...read more

  • A Son Is Given To Bring Us Light

    Contributed by Dennis Selfridge on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 17 ratings
     | 547 views

    Christ was given names many years before he came as a man

    Our greatest need at Christmas: If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been ...read more

  • "Hope In The Midst Of Hopelessness" Series

    Contributed by Marilyn Murphree on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 60 ratings
     | 16,867 views

    Where does hope come from and how do we get it when life brings us to the point of hopelessness?

    Iliff and Saltillo UM churches First Sunday of Advent November 28, 2004 “Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness” Isaiah 2:1-5 INTRODUCTION: Today is the first Sunday of Advent and our theme is HOPE. What is hope? Emily Dickenson puts it this way: “Hope” is the thing with ...read more

  • Prepare For Christmas

    Contributed by Richard Mcnair on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 28 ratings
     | 1,742 views

    Are you prepared for Christmas? It takes more than a tree to find the real joy in Christmas.

    How to Prepare for Christmas 1. Attention ILL>> One of my favorite Christmas movies is the Christmas Story. It is the one where the little boy wants a Red Rider B-B Gun. His mother said, “You will shoot your eyes out, no you can’t have a B-B gun”. Even Santa said, “You will shoot your ...read more

  • Jesus Brings Us Peace

    Contributed by R. David Reynolds on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 28 ratings
     | 1,751 views

    This message is for the First Sunday in Advent and looks to both the First and Second Comings of Jesus as The Prince of Peace as portrayed in Isaiah Chapter 11.

    JESUS BRINGS US PEACE --Isaiah 11:1-11 Today begins the Season of Advent, the four Sundays that lead up to Christmas Eve. Advent presents us with a twofold ministry. The noun comes from the Latin verb meaning “to come” and points to both the first Coming of Jesus in His birth, crucifixion, ...read more

  • Remember The Wonder

    Contributed by David Dewitt on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 22 ratings
     | 651 views

    The first gift of Christmas was given to us by God through Jesus and belief in Him will make the bell of belief ring in your heart

    Remember the Wonder Matthew 1:1-17 November 28, 2004 First Sunday of Advent Introduction Chris Van Allsburg has written a wonderful Christmas book called The Polar Express. The book tells the story of a young boy who wakes up one Christmas Eve to the sound of a train in his front yard. As he ...read more

  • Jesus Brings Peace

    Contributed by Wesley Bishop on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 41 ratings
     | 7,425 views

    This is an Advent sermon.

    Advent is a time of preparation, not just for Christmas, but for the coming of Jesus. The celebration of Advent is more than a memory of Jesus’ birth. It is also a realization that he is coming again. There will be a Second Advent. Are you ready for Christmas? Are you ready for Jesus’ coming ...read more

  • Be Quiet! Series

    Contributed by Paul Decker on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 19 ratings
     | 956 views

    First Person Narrative of Zacharias, father of John the Baptist; our need of quiet in response to God...

    BE QUIET! Luke 1:5-25 S: Zacharias C: Holy Silence Th: Holy Responses to God Pr: WE NEED TO BE QUIET. First Person Narrative PA: How is the change to be observed? Version: ESV RMBC 28 November 04 AM OUR STUDY: Did you ever have trouble with talking too much? That ...read more

  • Developing A Christmas Heart

    Contributed by S Henriques on Dec 8, 2004
    based on 70 ratings
     | 3,438 views

    "Christmas Hearts" are a custom in Denmark, but believers world-wide can develop true Christmas Hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ.

    Developing a Christmas Heart Luke 2:15-20 Christmas is observed literally all over the world, and the traditions and customs are as varied as the countries in which they are found. In Australia, for example, Santa’s sleigh is pulled by eight white kangaroos. Christmas dinner is eaten outdoors ...read more

  • The Word "Hope" Made Flesh Series

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 21 ratings
     | 1,594 views

    Jesus is hope incarnate, we are to be hope incarnate

    Advent Series: The WORD Made Flesh November 28, 2004 The Word “Hope” Made Flesh John 1:1-5, 14 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 ...read more

  • Mary's Song Series

    Contributed by Troy Luttrell on Dec 8, 2004
    based on 56 ratings
     | 10,865 views

    Christians should celebrate God’s fulfillment of His promises and mercies to the lowly through the birth of Jesus the Christ.

    Mary’s Song: A God’s to the Lowly Luke 1:46-55 (Part 1) Introduction: Excitement for an upcoming event; great anticipation; Ill: A defendant was on trial for murder in Oklahoma. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse. In the defense’s closing statement the ...read more

  • Hope Series

    Contributed by Shawn Drake on Dec 1, 2004
    based on 33 ratings
     | 9,822 views

    This is the 1st sermon and service notes for the series "Christmas Brings".

    Series: Christmas Brings…[#1] HOPE Hebrews 6:18-20 Welcome Hymn 87 “Joy To The World” (Vs. 1&4) Hymn 89 “O Come All Ye Faithful” (Vs. 1&3) Offering Hymn 335 “Standing On The Promises” (Vs. 1&4) Children’s Choir “Meet With Me” Introduction: Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the ...read more