December 25, 2016 “Teen Age Mother of God”

If it were up to me I would have written the Christmas story differently. Jesus would have been born under far better conditions, less stressful, less dangerous, with better publicity, with more respectable visitors, and with less scandal. But it wasn’t up to me. Mary and Joseph’s life was full of surprises, unexpected turns and questions. Yet, they humbly submitted to God. May we do the same when plans change, and our life goes off script.

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38

Sermon Length – 25:05

December 24, 2016 Candlelight Service “Simeon”

Simeon’s dream came true! He waited, in hope, until he saw the long awaited Redeemer and Savior of the world. In time, the salvation would be costly and pain-filled. Some would reject Jesus and some would embrace Him. No one can be neutral! Jesus’ coming puts life in perspective. For Simeon, knowing Jesus gave him peace. Embracing Jesus brought a completion to Simeons’ life, and he was prepared to die. No one is prepared to die until they’re at peace with God.

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:22-35

Sermon Length – 14:51

December 18, 2016 “Astrologers, Privileged Outsiders!

God is unlike anyone we’ve ever met. When He introduces Himself to the world He used cryptic prophesies, obscure Bethlehem, untrustworthy shepherds and astrologers. The only two groups of people invited to Jesus’ birth were despised shepherds and non-christian astrologers (Magi). What’s that say about God? He has a heart for people with a bad label. He wants non-Christians to come to Himself. May we aspire to have the heart of God for lost people.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Length – 39:17

December 4, 2016 “Small and Obscure; Perfect!

Christmas comes to us in unlikely ways, so God gets the glory. God uses riddle-like prophesies, so He gets the credit for their fulfillment. He uses obscure Bethlehem, youngest children, weak, small, lowly ways so He gets the credit and the glory,  (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). God gets glory, we get mercy and pardon, if we humbly turn to Him, (Micah 7:18-19). Don’t settle for second best!

Scripture Reading: Micah 5:1-4

Sermon Length – 27:05

November 27, 2016 “Who Waits Thousands of Years?”

God doesn’t think and act like we do. He has mercy on bad people who seek Him (Isaiah 55:7). He enjoys pardoning people (Micah 7:18). The substance behind God’s mercy and pardon is the costly blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-20). God revealed his plan to pardon us through prophesies. Over 300 prophesies point to Jesus as our Savoir. Seek God. Call out to Him and receive mercy and pardon.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:1-9

Sermon Length – 32:25