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Sermons on Advent

Christmas II – A Matter of Time (Ephesians 5:15-17)

In contrast to God, our lives are short, fleeting, and uncertain. We do not know what tomorrow may bring. We are not even promised that tomorrow may come. James condemns boasting about time without regard for the Lord. Followers of Christ are to walk wisely in a world full of obstacles to holy living. This has relevance in regard to the use…

Christmas I – Senior Moments (Luke 2:21-40)

Simeon – an aged and righteous man – blesses the Lord for allowing him to live to see the Christ-child. He also warns Mary that Jesus will serve as a catalyst. Some will respond positively; some, negatively. Ultimately, Mary’s heart will be pierced with grief by the coming crisis. The prophet Anna proclaims good news to all who will listen. Both Simeon…

Advent 4: “Let It Be…” (Luke 1:26-38)

Through the angel Gabriel, God visits a lowly peasant girl named Mary and announces that she will bear a son and call him Jesus. This one will be great, “the Son of the Most High,” and will be given an eternal kingdom in the lineage of the house of David. In Jesus, God’s promise to provide a deliverer for Israel (and for…

Advent 3 – Restoring the Ruins: Good News of Great Joy (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

Inspired by God’s Spirit, the “anointed” one brings good news of redemption, liberation, and healing. God’s favor is coming to bring gladness to those who mourn and renewal to the ruined. The blessed of the Lord will greatly rejoice with their whole being because of God’s glorious salvation. Opening Carol: How Great My Joy! Ministry of Music by Youth Choir: Rejoice in…

Advent 2: Comfort Ye My People (Isaiah 40:1-11)

The prophet speaks words of comfort and peace to exiled Israel. Israel experienced exile because of its sins, but the time of God’s judgment is over. God is coming in power and might to save God’s people. The prophet calls Israel to repent of its sins and remove all obstacles to God’s way. John the Baptist will proclaim this message prior to…