Sermons from December 2019

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Saving Christmas From the Calendar

The incarnation didn’t just happen once upon a time a long time ago. When Jesus was preparing to leave His disciples, He promised them that the Holy Spirit would come and take up residence in their hearts, empowering them to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This means that the incarnation continues in the lives of men and women fully submitted to God. We (the church) are now the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. Join us…
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Saving Christmas From Elvis

Blue Christmas isn’t just a song, it’s a reality for many people for whom the holidays stir up all kinds of sadness and depression. Two-thousand years ago, at the birth of Jesus, the angels declared “Peace on earth, good will to men on whom God’s favor rests.” So why are we more anxious and depressed than ever? And why does this seem especially true at this time of year? Join us for part four of Saving Christmas as we consider how Christmas is saving…
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Saving Christmas From the Grinch

For many people, there is at least one person they’d like to avoid at this year’s Christmas get-together. The reasons range from simple annoyances to serious offenses. At the announcement of Jesus’ birth, the angels’ proclaimed, “Peace on earth, good will toward people on whom God’s favor rests.” If Christmas is the celebration of God making peace with us, shouldn’t we be able to make peace with one another? Join us for part three of Saving Christmas, where we will discover the missing ingredient to the peace we seek with all of the “Grinches” in our world.  And the Word became flesh…
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Saving Christmas From Santa

“He sees you when you’re sleeping; He knows if you’re awake; He knows if you’ve been bad or good; So be good for goodness sake!” The traditions and stories that center around Santa Claus have become deeply embedded in our celebration of Christmas, but do they align with the message of the Gospel? What, if any, impact are these stories having on the next generation? Join us for the second message in Saving Christmas as Pastor Gary compares the theology…
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Saving Christmas From Amazon

Christmas is expensive! Analysts expect us to spend $920 per person on gifts in 2019. If they’re right, it will mean that holiday spending has increased every year since 2008 and will top $1 trillion for the first time ever! But an expensive Christmas is not the same as a meaningful Christmas. In fact, you may be spending a lot of money and only cheapening the true meaning of the season. Maybe we spend so much because we are trying to compensate for something that would cost us much more. It is easy to shop online and have Christmas arrive…