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  • Herod And The Christmas Grinch

    Contributed by Noal Atkinson on Feb 28, 2011

    At Christmas time we need to focus upon Jesus. Many of us think we are like the angels, the shepards, Mary and Joseph but what if we are like Herod? Are our hearts too small? Is there room for Jesus in our lives this Christmas?

    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Noal Atkinson Matthew 2:1-2:23 OPEN Most of us are familiar with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The story from Dr Seuss is so popular that the word ‘Grinch’ did not exist until this story. Now defines more

  • The King’s Reception

    Contributed by Jeffery Anselmi on Dec 16, 2011

    As we look at the narratives concerning the birth of Jesus we will see some interesting reactions!

    INTRODUCTION • SLIDE#1 • When you talk to people about Jesus, what kind of reaction do you receive? What kind of reception do people today give to Jesus? • In the NFL right now, Tim Tebow seems to be a lightning rod because of his very public display of his faith in Jesus. Mr. Tebow seems to more

  • Rediscovering The Meaning Of Christmas

    Contributed by Randy Bataanon on Dec 20, 2011
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    Decorations and symbols are everywhere this Christmas season. But reviewing what are the meaning behind them can make this season more memorable.

    Christmas symbols and characters are attractive on everyone’s eyes. But unless we discover their meaning and understand the stories behind them, they will remain as mere decorations. Let us therefore reflect with four usual symbols and characters of Christmas and see if we can get valuable lessons more

  • Responding To God's Promise

    Contributed by Terry Blankenship on Dec 21, 2011
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    A thematic approach to the birth of Christ in Matthew 2:1-12

    Matthew 2:1-12 Responding to God’s Promise Introduction – Promises1 The kids had talked Mom into getting a hamster. They promised to take care of their pet, which they named “Danny.” Within two months, though, Mom was taking care of Danny. One day Mom decided more

  • Wise Worship - A Christmas Message.

    Contributed by Johnny A. Palmer Jr. on Dec 24, 2011

    Merry Christmas

    Intro: 1. Several passages of scriptures just amaze me: "12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father." John 14:12 "23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be more

  • Unexpected Changes

    Contributed by Clair Sauer on Dec 27, 2011
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    Herod presented a number of challenges for the young Jesus Christ and his family, but because of Joseph's constant faithfulness, Christ's saving work continued in the world. Are we, too, willing to "drop everything" in faithfulness to God so that Christ's

    The history books are full of stories of gifted persons whose talents were overlooked by a procession of people until someone believed in them. To name a few: Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read. Einstein became one of the greatest physicists who ever more

  • Celebrate Jesus Series

    Contributed by Bruce B. Miller on Dec 29, 2011

    It’s time we reclaimed Christmas and that is what Christmas Conspiracy is all about.

    Christmas Conspiracy/Reclaim Christmas Series Celebrate Jesus/Matthew 2 Bruce B. Miller Celebrate Jesus Matthew 2 Even though you may still be eating left-overs, Thanksgiving is over and it is Christmas time. We did not dare go shopping on black Friday? Who here braved the stores on Friday? more

  • The Diaconal Call To Service Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jan 1, 2012

    The plan of God for all of us, especially clergy, is a call to service and understanding, not tyranny.

    Solemnity of the Epiphany 2012 Diaconate Vocation Spirit of the Liturgy “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” the Magi said to Herod. It was a straightforward question to the wrong guy. There are times to be subtle and times to be blunt. I recall many years ago when I was a more

  • Missing The Big Story

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Jan 4, 2012
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    Over Christmas we often preachg on the stable in Bethlehem, the Shpeherds who foudn Jesus and the Wise Men who followed the Star - but what about those who missed the birth of Christ? And are we in danger of doing the same?

    Missing the Big Story On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in an airplane at Kitty Hawk NC. The flight lasted 59 seconds and travelled 850 ft. Wilbur rushed to the local telegraph office and sent the following message home WE HAVE FLOWN FOR 59 SECONDS - more

  • Why Did God Speak To The Magi Through The Stars

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Jan 6, 2012

    Why did God speak to the Magi through the stars

    Walsoken 08-01-2012 The Magi Let us open in prayer Father, I pray that you will anoint my words this morning that they may be words for each of us from you. I ask what I say may be relevant in more

  • Against His Own Self-Interest Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Jan 7, 2012

    God loved us so much that He acted against His own best self-interest, by becoming human. In doing this, He exactly contradicted the secular world's view of leadership and government.

    Epiphany 2012 Against His Own Self-Interest Spirit of the Liturgy One of the insights that Pope Benedict has shared with us over the past few years continually comes to mind when I read the Gospels. It is like a unifying theme of the Scriptures. God loves us so much that he does things for more

  • “love Gains The Upper Hand” Series

    Contributed by George Yates on Apr 10, 2012

    The real Christmas Story is a love Story. This final sermon focuses on how God's love won out.

    I. I saw a Christmas cartoon this week which places one the wise men on his camel heading to Bethlehem and the caption depicts some of our concerns in this season."I hope I took the price tag off the frankincense before I wrapped it.” A. The real Christmas story is a love story. 1. It more

  • The Wise Guys Series

    Contributed by Thomas Swope on Apr 13, 2012

    A study of the Gospel of Matthew 2: 1 – 12

    Matthew 2: 1 – 12 The Wise Guys Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship more

  • The Christmas Story

    Contributed by Barry O Johnson on Dec 12, 2017
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    This telling of the birth of Christ is a mixture of narrative and historical facts. My prayer is that it blesses you.

    Many of us know the “Christmas Story” oh so well. And no, I’m talking about the one with the “Red rider BB gun”. That “Christmas Story” is very humorous and it’s a lot of fun to watch. But there was nothing humorous about what happened in Bethlehem and the neighboring villages as a result of more

  • You Are Allmost There Series

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Dec 17, 2017

    We are almost there - to experiencing the heart of Christmas – to experiencing a miracle laying in a manger, to being touched by the Spirit of Christmas so don’t give up, don’t try to speed it up the miracle, instead cherish the moments that lead up to th

    Opening Video Illustration: Christmas gifts Series: Simply Christmas Our goal in this series is to challenge all of us to simplify Christmas and get back to what makes Christmas a matter of the heart – which simply is experiencing Jesus the one born in a stable, laid in a manger, and wrapped in more