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  • Christmas Advent

    Contributed by Bruce Shields on Nov 16, 2004
    based on 32 ratings
     | 1,411 views

    This outline gives an example for holding the Advent lightnig ni your church over the course of 4 weeks with the lighting of the 5th candle on your Christmas eve service.

    Christmas 2005 Advent Advent is Latin for Arrival. This refers to the arrival of our Lord and Savior. The advent wreath represents God’s unending love for us, and the holly branches represent our everlasting life with Jesus Christ. We light one candle, reading the Advent passage for that ...read more

  • An Adult Christmas: Advent #3

    Contributed by Steven Simala Grant on May 14, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,228 views

    I wonder if we can reclaim Christmas from the children. Can we have an adult Christmas?

    An Adult Christmas: Advent #3 Dec 10, 2005 Matt 1:18-25; 2:13-14, 19-23 Intro: I wonder if we can reclaim Christmas. Of course we need to reclaim Christmas from the crass secularism and commercialism that substitutes “happy holidays” for “merry Christmas”, and that makes gathering around ...read more

  • The Sign Of Immanuel

    Contributed by David Ward on Dec 13, 2004
    based on 38 ratings
     | 3,291 views

    The first message in a Christmas/Advent series from Isaiah

    “The Sign of Immanuel” Isaiah 7:1-16 INTRODUCTION: Remember the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou?" Three convicts on the lam have holed up in a barn to spend the night, only to awake to find the barn surrounded by police, with guns drawn, demanding their surrender. One of the three helpfully ...read more

  • "Open Your Hearts Door To God's Plan" Series

    Contributed by Marilyn Murphree on Mar 25, 2003
    based on 7 ratings
     | 4,025 views

    We must open our heart to God’s plan.

  • Wake Up And Love Your Neighbor

    Contributed by Curt Cizek on Sep 24, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,820 views

    Approaching Christmas is often a difficult time to love the people around us. Sometimes we need a little encouragment to do so.

    Mitch had worked hard all week on his studies. He wrote papers, studied for tests, took exams all week and finally it was Friday. It was time to pick up his friends and go home to visit his family for the weekend. Since it had been such a difficult week, he was exhausted. He decided to ...read more

  • A Maiden's Christmas Song

    Contributed by Keith Broyles on Oct 4, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,315 views

    Joy, gratitude, and mercy, are a part of our calling as Christians. We often do more this time of year, but our calling extends beyond the Christmas holiday, our calling is a part of our lives every day. I can’t help but think that Mary didn’t just sing

    At the turn of the 18th century, Christmas could be a very dangerous time for ordinary common folk like us. Back in those days, it was customary for bands of young men to go door-to-door, demanding food and drink and in exchange provide a song for the household’s entertainment. If nothing was ...read more

  • A Tale Of Two Angels

    Contributed by Keith Broyles on Oct 4, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 857 views

    How did Mary know she was encountering an angel. How do we know if we have an angelic encounter?

    In the spring of 1982 Kenneth Nordvall was the speaker at a Morning Prayer group that meets in a town near Springfield Illinois. Before he spoke, a neighboring pastor shared about a recent mission trip to Mexico. While his group was returning, their van developed mechanical problems. After ...read more

  • Can We Take Christmas

    Contributed by Keith Broyles on Oct 4, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,071 views

    For many of those that are among us, however, each Christmas becomes more and more difficult to endure. It is a joyous time, but there is also more loneliness, depression, heartache, and disappointment at this time than any other of the year. Can we en

    I read a story this past week about a woman who, in early December had stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few things on her lunch break. One of them was a cinnamon-scented air freshener. She had smelled a candle with the same scent in the store but wanted to know exactly what the air ...read more

  • Finding Rest

    Contributed by Josh Reich on Feb 14, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 973 views

    In the midst of the holiday season, we talk about peace and yet our lives are moving at incredible rates of speed. How do we slow down in our world and experience the peace God promises?

    As I was thinking this past week about what to talk about, I decided to share with you a little about where I am in my spiritual journey and what God has been showing me recently. No matter how I live throughout the year, every year around the holidays I find myself tired. Have you ever thought ...read more

  • A Look At The Manger

    Contributed by Jim Kane on Jan 12, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,959 views

    Christmas Eve 2006 Sermon

    (Slide 1) We have spent this Advent season coming alongside Joseph and the Shepherds, experiencing an unforgettable Christmas play, and the hanging of our Christmas greens. This morning though we are going to make a stop at the most important place of Advent – the manger. (Slide 2) Last week 27 of ...read more

  • The Promise Of John The Baptist – Making Room For Jesus Series

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Jan 15, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 5,824 views

    Are you ready for the Messiah?

    Luke 1:5-25 The Promise of John the Baptist – Making room for Jesus Are you ready for Christmas? What do you do to get ready for Christmas? Are you ready for Jesus? Read Luke 1:5-25 This is an amazing story – the old priest encountering Gabriel in the temple, the old couple conceiving a ...read more

  • A Costly Call Series

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Jan 15, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 926 views

    Mary’s call to carry the Christ was a costly one, are you willing to carry the Christ?

    Luke 1:26-38 Second Sunday of Advent 2006 A Costly Call You may know the story: Jesus is sitting down in the temple courts teaching his disciples about the kingdom of God, when a riotous group of men start coming towards him. They are angry, shouting names that would be obscenities in ...read more

  • The Sign Of The Manger Series

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Jan 15, 2007
    based on 10 ratings
     | 2,961 views

    The Manger is a Sign that God often does big things in a small way.

    Luke 2:1-14 December 24, 2006 The Sign of the Manger The sign of the manger – a sign of the Kingdom of God – a sign of the economy of God The manger is a sign At it’s basic level, the manger was a sign to the shepherds so that they would know that they had the right baby – there ...read more

  • An Impossible Joy

    Contributed by Derek Melanson on Jan 16, 2007
    based on 21 ratings
     | 9,609 views

    Joy is a gift from God, is never experienced without challenges, and is something we are called upon to share.

    “An Impossible Joy” Luke 1: 39 – 45 Introduction A few weeks ago I heard on the news that there were impossibly huge line-ups as the new Sony Play Station came into stores. Some people apparently waited in line for days, even missing work to do so. Can you imagine doing this for a video ...read more

  • Good News Of Great Joy

    Contributed by Matthew Stoll on Jan 5, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 909 views

    Through the visitation of the shepherds and magi we see that Christ was indeed good news of great joy for all people.

    The Christmas story is so familiar to us that we tend to view it through rose colored glasses. We tend to sanitize the scene to make it seem beautiful, pristine. Our nativities represent a postcard picture of Jesus in a pristine creche as he lies in a manger on a bed of hay or straw. It is ...read more