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The Prequel to Christmas

When Christ came into the world, Israel was in a very dark place spiritually and politically. They had not heard from God for four hundred years. They were subjects to the Roman Empire and forced to submit to a “puppet king” known for his paranoia and jealousy. Herod was a wicked man. But the Jews…

Christ in the Old Testament

Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given”. When we think of Christmas, we often think of the arrival of Jesus as a baby in the manger.  In reality, it was also a departure. For us, a Child was born. But for God the Father, a Son was…

Christ Before Christmas

John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” As wonderful and miraculous as Christ’s birth was, I think sometimes we forget that Christ did not come into existence on that day. In fact, the Bible says that all things were created through Him, and…

The Kind of Thanksgiving That Never Ends

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. But it goes by too fast, doesn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great day full of celebration. But how can you really fit the Thanksgiving of a year into one day? The truth is a close walk with God…

Vision for Ministry

A few weeks ago, when we were talking about our powerful freedom in Christ (Romans 6:16), and the concept of being slaves to righteousness, I took the opportunity to explain the fresh works of faith that are on the horizon for this church. I want to take a moment to touch on those again for any…

The Importance of Unity

What is unity and is it important for Christians? To answer that question, let’s take a look at the first church. “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled…

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

It is my prayer for you that Thanksgiving will be a time of celebration and thanksgiving.  May you be surrounded by loved ones, warmth and good food.  As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to remind you in this post that it was originally centered on God.  Much of the culture has forgotten about God. Some would…