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  • "The Shepherds' Faith"

    Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 16, 2002
    based on 194 ratings
     | 5,570 views

    Their faith takes them to the stable, and beyond.

    “The Shepherds’ Faith” Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts In a survey, nearly a third of those questioned stated that, of all the persons mentioned in the Christmas story, they identified the most with the shepherds. They were your average, ordinary, ...read more

  • A Dream Come True

    Contributed by Dan Erickson on Nov 22, 2000
    based on 322 ratings
     | 17,655 views

    Like Simeon we need to realize that if all we had was Jesus Christ, that would be enough; with Jesus, our life is complete and we can be content.

    Children often dream about things they would like to do in the future. I suspect traveling in space as an astronaut, playing football in the NFL, making the Olympic figure skating team, or driving a $100,000 sports car are some of the more popular ones. When I was growing up, I dreamed of being the ...read more

  • Out Of The Cradle

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Dec 26, 2000
    based on 297 ratings
     | 30,244 views

    Allowing Christ a larger place in our lives and in our world than as the Babe of Bethlehem

    Babies are something special. I can never forget what it was like to see my two girls at their birth. That is a feeling and experience that nothing else can quite match — unless it is the birth of grandchildren. There is a special feeling each time I visit new parents in the hospital. There ...read more

  • A House Is Not A Home

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on Jul 3, 2001
    based on 381 ratings
     | 36,563 views

    Christ comes to dwell in our messy, imperfect homes, just as they are, to build love, not a museum-like perfection.

    A house is not a home. A house is not a home. A house is a house, and it may be lovely to look at and fine to visit, but a house, by itself, is not a home. What is the difference? Let me tell you a tale of two houses. These are the best of houses, these are the worst of houses. See if you ...read more

  • Why Sheep Herders? Series

    Contributed by Terry Rolen on Dec 11, 2001
    based on 271 ratings
     | 90,132 views

    Why would God use such unlikely messengers?

    It does seem like there is a socially acceptable level of charity or giving or caring is raised a bit around Christmas time. But even then there is a limit to what people will allow. I mean your suppose to be nice, your suppose to share gifts, your suppose to give a little extra to the church and ...read more

  • The Best Of Times In The Worst Of Times

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Dec 16, 2001
    based on 121 ratings
     | 15,116 views

    In a bad-news, good-news world, we need to remember that God’s good news 1. Is greater than the world’s bad news. 2. Transforms the world’s bad news. 3. Will do away with the world’s bad news.

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had ...read more

  • Waiting For Godot

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Dec 22, 2001
    based on 261 ratings
     | 73,512 views

    How do we wait for God? 1. We wait patiently. 2. We wait expectantly. 3. We wait faithfully.

    Samuel Beckett’s play, entitled Waiting for Godot, is a satire on the human condition. As Beckett sees it, humanity is waiting for Godot, or God, to come and save them, but he never shows up. Their waiting is in vain, for although they have been repeatedly told that God is coming, he never has, ...read more

  • Listen To The Advent Voice Of John

    Contributed by Christopher Raiford on Jan 2, 2002
    based on 106 ratings
     | 7,898 views

    Preparing for the season of Advent

    2nd Sunday in Advent December 9, 2001 Sermon Text: Matthew 3:1-12 Listen to the Advent Voice of John 1. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near 2. Produce fruit in keeping with repentance Matthew 3:1-12 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and ...read more

  • Christ - A New Hope

    Contributed by Aaron Matthews Sr on Jan 20, 2002
    based on 24 ratings
     | 7,320 views

    Seeing Christ as the real hope for our lives.

    Text: Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out with our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 – NAS) “I’d rather not celebrate Christmas this year,” the hallow-eyed young woman stared at the snow at her feet. “I just don’t see the point in ...read more

  • Reactions To The Savior's Birth

    Contributed by Martin Wiles on May 9, 2002
    based on 162 ratings
     | 5,271 views

    People have and have always had different reactions to the Christmas story.

    INTRODUCTION In the year 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born. In 1796, he was crossing the Alps to crush the Austrians and Sardinians. Had Dan Rather been living in the year 1809, his newscast would have focused on Austria. The attention of the world was on this man known as Napoleon as he swept ...read more

  • In The Dark No Longer Series

    Contributed by Paul Decker on May 15, 2002
    based on 56 ratings
     | 4,420 views

    Jesus is our source for life.

    IN THE DARK NO LONGER John 1:3-5 S: Life Th: Christmas: It’s About Jesus Pr: JESUS IS OUR SOURCE FOR LIFE. ?: How? KW: Undertakings TS: We will find in John 1:3-5 three undertakings of Jesus that reveal to us how He is the source for our life. The _____ undertaking that reveals Jesus ...read more

  • Look Out Below! Series

    Contributed by Paul Decker on May 16, 2002
    based on 125 ratings
     | 5,331 views

    Receive the light.

    LOOK OUT BELOW! John 1:6-13 S: Jesus as Light Th: Christmas: It’s About Jesus Pr: RECEIVE THE LIGHT. ?: How do we come to the place of reception? KW: Responses TS: We will find in John 1:6-13 three responses to the encounter of Jesus as the light. INDUCTIVE The ____ response to ...read more

  • The Saint Of Sharing

    Contributed by Jacob Golden, Jr. on Apr 20, 2002
    based on 95 ratings
     | 5,915 views

    John the Baptist calls us to share. If we follow his direction — Behold! The Christ is already among us!

    The Patron Saint of Sharing Luke 3:7–20 • Isaiah 12:2-6 December 14, 1997 • Third Sunday in Advent (c) “What shall we do?” That’s the question asked of John the Baptist three times in this story. The multitudes ask: “What shall we do?” The tax collectors ask: “Teacher, what shall ...read more

  • A Fresh Touch For You Series

    Contributed by Paul Decker on Apr 21, 2002
    based on 91 ratings
     | 42,591 views

    God desires to touch us.

    A FRESH TOUCH FOR YOU Luke 1:5-25 S: Seek a fresh touch from God Th: The Christmas Touch Pr: GOD DESIRES TO TOUCH US ?: Inductive KW: Stages TS: We will find in the story of Luke 1:5-25 five stages that show God’s desire to touch us. The ____ stage is… I. SETTING (5-7) II. ...read more

  • God Touching You Series

    Contributed by Paul Decker on Apr 23, 2002
    based on 120 ratings
     | 12,604 views

    God is with us.

    GOD TOUCHING YOU Psalm 23:1-6 S: God’s Presence Th: The Christmas Touch Pr: GOD IS WITH US. ?: How? How is it observed? KW: Touches TS: We will find in our study of Psalm 23 three touches of God that will give us a better understanding of “Immanuel.” The ____ touch of God is ...read more