Imperfect Christmas, Imperfect Guests (Luke 2:8-20)

MOTIVATE Did you see it this week? Everyone was taking pictures of this rare phenomenon in the sky that last happened 400 years ago, and nearly 800 years ago during the nighttime. Experts called it the “Great Conjunction,” while others called it the “Christmas Star.” From the view of earth, the planets Jupiter and Saturn…

Divine In The Darkness

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by NIGHT.” Luke‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ Something that has caught my attention this year is the divine encounter in the dark. God spoke into the night. In the routine of keeping watch and warning off predators, the unlikely and…

Stick To The Story

I received a huge compliment this week from a guest at our church. Essentially, they said “We noticed your sermon wasn’t YOUR message. You didn’t load several Scriptures to create a sermon or force your message on the text. Instead, you let the text speak for itself.” Today we rightfully complain about news media who…

Imperfect Christmas (Luke 2:6-7)

MOTIVATE How many of you are good wrappers? Not a beat box rapper, but a present box wrapper.   Who likes wrapping paper? To me, either get a bag or one better – hold present behind back and I’ll close my eyes and then you bring out saying “surprise!” It will have the same effect….