Monthly Archives: December 2017

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A Multitude of Heavenly Host Proclaiming the Huge Significance of Christmas

“8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.” - Luke 2:8-9 A single angel appeared to a group of shepherds out [...]

By |2017-11-20T13:08:22+00:00December 20th, 2017|Blog Posts, Luke, New Testament|0 Comments

A Christmas Communion Message

The Gospel of John takes a different approach than the traditional way the Christmas story is told in the other Gospels.  He begins his book by saying this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Instead of putting the story of Christmas with the shepherds and angels [...]

Practically Speaking, How Do You Serve Jesus?

What you do for the people at church, you do as unto Jesus Himself.  Jesus makes this point abundantly clear in Matthew 25.  In the parable of the sheep and the goats, He describes two groups of people: One group is righteous. The other is not. He describes the actions of the righteous people [...]

By |2017-12-16T18:02:05+00:00December 16th, 2017|Blog Posts, Matthew, New Testament|0 Comments

God’s Gift to Us at Christmas

When God wanted to put His love for us on display, He gave His people a tremendously valuable gift in the person of Jesus on that very first Christmas day.  He delivered His gift to mankind one evening in a stable.  He proved His love for us by meeting our most desperate need with [...]

By |2017-12-14T16:21:13+00:00December 16th, 2017|Articles, Blog Posts, Special Messages|0 Comments

Glory to God, Peace for Men

  Glory to God, Peace for Men Luke 2:1-14, Romans 5:1-11   Let me show you four of the earliest known drawings of Jesus Christ:         Alexamenos graffito – 1st to 3rd century: This image is carved in plaster on a wall in Rome [...]

When to Leave Your Church

by Lara Stafford      Someone once told me that there are basically only three good reasons for leaving a church.  The first one is if the pastor is teaching false doctrine from the pulpit.  The second is if you move (with the implied understanding that you become part of a local church in your [...]

By |2017-12-14T15:50:14+00:00December 14th, 2017|Blog Posts, Music, Teaching, Worship|0 Comments

How Loud is Too Loud for a Church Service?

Before I was in church ministry, I was a touring musician.  I traveled with a large concert PA system and I played through a “stadium worthy” 1200 watt amp of my own.  I love to play music so loud that it rattles the windows and shakes the platform. There is a raw energy that comes [...]

By |2017-12-11T09:21:17+00:00December 11th, 2017|Blog Posts, Music, Worship|0 Comments

The Gift of “God With Us”

The coming of the Messiah was greatly anticipated in the Old Testament.  For centuries, those who were faithful to the scriptures looked forward to a Messiah who would set men free from their sin and establish a new covenant with God’s people.  The prophet Jeremiah said it this way: 31 “Behold, the days are coming, [...]