Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, about Jesus' blessing by aged Simeon and Anna. How are these elderly believers example to us of a lifelong commitment of faith? How does God sustain faith? What is our response to God's Promises? What is the significance of Christian community, in relation to our faith?
Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30, for Christmas Day, about how the incarnation is God's way of revealing His eternal, invisible, incomprehensible nature to us in the visible, tangible and comprehensible flesh and blood of His Son Jesus. How is Jesus the exact imprint of the Father? How do we know if the Son has chosen us to know the Father? Merry Christmas everyone and celebrate the incarnation of our Lord!
Sermon on Matthew 1:12-25, for Christmas Eve, about the fundamental question "Who is Jesus?" and the answers that we find both in His genealogy and in the gift of the two names: Jesus and Immanuel, that are give to us this Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!
Sermon on Micah 5:2-5a, for the 4th Sunday in Advent, about the prophecy of the Messiah's birth in Bethlehem. What clues does Micah reveal about the Savior? What would Israel's experience during the wait be? How would God work mighty things out of the lowly and despised?
Sermon on Zephaniah 3:14-20, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent (3 Yr), about Zephaniah's "sunburst of joy" that comes at the end of a book of harsh judgment and gloom. How do we rejoice, when we are in the midst of dark days? What is the great surprise about God singing? Why is God joyful, and how does that translate to us? Who is this message meant for?
As a personal note, this was one of my favorite sermons to write recently, as I continuously marvel at the thought that God sings over us. I hope you enjoy and give praise to God for all that He has done and who He is!
Sermon on Luke 3:1-14, for the 2nd Sunday in Advent (3 Yr lectionary...switched back). How do we respond to John the Baptist's sharp call to repentance? How do we see unrepentance in our own lives? How does God break through that unrepentance? What does it look like to bear fruits in keeping with repentance? How do we "see the salvation of God" in Jesus Christ?