Sermon Archives

Christmas
December 23, 2018

When Fear Gives Way to Joy

This is, perhaps, the most important message of this glorious season: we are never alone! The heart of Christmas, as the gospel-writer John puts is that, “the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory” (John 1:14). Christian writer and poet Kathleen Norris put it this way: “the Incarnation is […]

December 2, 2018

God’s Emoji

Amid the emojis of the world this season, let’s remember the “righteous branch” that God caused to spring up for our sake: Jesus, the Christ, the babe from Bethlehem. With this “righteous Branch” as a central symbol for our lives, we discover what it means to be right with each other and with God. God’s […]

December 17, 2017

Christmas Pageant 2017

Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared. Trees would have clapped their hands. But the earth held its breath. As silent as snow falling, he came in. When no one was looking, into the darkness, he came

January 1, 2017

Keeping Herod in Christmas

Keeping Herod in Christmas

Jesus didn’t come into the world to bring us a mid-winter festival of peace and contentment. He wasn’t born into a placid Christmas-card scene, but rather into the sort of world where families wander homeless and corrupt tyrants rule by murder and deceit. Jesus didn’t come to offer respite from the world. He came to save […]

December 25, 2016

Give it Up For Jesus

Give it Up For Jesus

Some argue that there are times when it’s inappropriate to applaud. Sunday morning worship, for example. Do you applaud when the soloist comes to the end of her rendition of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”? Some people say, yes; some say, no. In many churches with a lively worship atmosphere, people are applauding all the time. […]

December 24, 2016

The Best Gift

The Best Gift

God’s gift is a message. On Christmas Eve, it’s easy to think about the kind of gifts we want to receive in the morning. Sure, there will probably be some clunkers in the mix, maybe even that bacon wallet. These are the gifts about which we can laugh for years. Most of them will be […]

December 11, 2016

The Name Game

The Name Game

This Christmas, we remember that Jesus saves us from our sin and offers us true freedom to live life to the fullest as his disciples. And as 2016 draws to a close and we look forward to 2017 not knowing what the future may hold, we remember Immanuel, God with us. We never travel alone. […]

December 25, 2015

The Big Announcement

The Big Announcement

Let’s say you’ve got a big announcement to make. Maybe it’s your destination wedding on Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. Maybe it’s the birth of your first child. Maybe it’s you’re turning 50 or 75 or 100 and you’re inviting people to celebrate with you. Maybe you’re opening a new business. Maybe it’s your […]

December 13, 2015

What Were They Expecting

What Were They Expecting

The Wise Men naively stumble into Herod’s palace, seeking the new king in the palace of the king who would be most threatened by him. They innocently go to Bethlehem with Herod’s lies in their ears, only to be re-routed home by an angel who told them the truth about Herod. Herod was not the […]

November 29, 2015

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Well, it’s officially after Thanksgiving, so you know what that means! It’s Christmas! We know this because our Starbucks comes in red cups, you can’t go anywhere without hearing Christmas carols, and the movie Elf is running on at least one TV channel at all hours of the day. From here on out it’s a […]