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Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Duration: 30 mins 39 secs
This morning we take one more look at the Christmas story—focusing on the shepherds outside Bethlehem who were the first to hear of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:8-20). An angel of the Lord appeared to them and told them that he had “good news of great joy that will be for all the people”(Luke 2:8-10). That night their Savior had been born, Christ the Lord. The shepherds’ story causes us to ask a question, “Do you believe that Jesus’ birth is good news of great joy?” If so, it is worth believing; and, more important, it is worth sharing.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016
Duration: 29 mins 36 secs
There were three times in the Christmas story when an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, Mary’s fiancée and eventual husband, in a dream—when the angel explained Mary’s unexpected pregnancy to him (Matthew 1:24-25), when the angel told him to take Mary and the Christ child to Egypt to protect him from King Herod (Matthew 2:14-15), and when, after King Herod’s death, the angel said that it was all right for them to return to Israel (Matthew 2:21-23). And each time Joseph listened to the angel’s message and did what God wanted him to do, developing a pattern of obedience in his life. These events prompt us to ask the question, “Do you listen and respond to God’s voice?” How will you answer that question? Will you respond like Joseph? This morning we’re going to learn from Joseph’s example three keys to developing a pattern of obedience in our lives.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016
Duration: 27 mins 1 sec
This morning we will consider a familiar part of the Christmas story—where the angel Gabriel appears to a young woman named Mary to tell her that she would give birth to God’s Son (Luke 1:26-38). Of course, Mary couldn’t understand how this was possible since she was a virgin. But Gabriel assures her, “For nothing is impossible with God.” This part of the story challenges us to ask today’s question, “Do you believe that God can do the impossible in your life?” Each of us, like Mary, must answer this question for ourselves.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Series: Make Us One
Duration: 27 mins 41 secs
Today we conclude our “make us one” study from 1 Corinthians with a look at 1 Corinthians 13 and what it teaches us about God’s unselfish, unconditional love. According to the Apostle Paul, nothing is more important to our congregation and its unity than expressing God’s love to others. Remember what Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
Series: Make Us One
Duration: 28 mins 27 secs
In today’s scripture — 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 — the Apostle Paul pictures the church as a body and each church member as part of that body. And, just as our human bodies work best when all of its members do their part, the spiritual body of Christ works best when all of its members do their part. The challenge for each of us is to discover the specific part that Christ has planned for us to do as part of His body, the church, and then doing it.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Duration: 33 mins 29 secs
The Jews of Malachi's day were wondering if and when the promised Messiah would come. But, according to Malachi 2:17-3:5, the real question that they needed to be asking was whether they were prepared for His coming. The prophet asks them in Malachi 3:2 "But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears?". These are the same questions that we, as believers need to be asking when it comes to Jesus' Second Coming. Our first concern should be with the level of our commitment and whether we're prepared for His return, whenever that happens.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016
Duration: 38 mins 15 secs
In Malachi 2:10-16 God addresses the topic of marriage and He offers several ways that both we and the Jews should raise the bar of marriage. It was a time, much like today, when what the Bible teaches about the marriage relationship was being ignored by His people, and, as a result, their marriages were falling apart.