Christmas is for Keeping Promises (Matthew 1)

AUDIO:  MOTIVATE December, and the months before are a time of waiting​ ​for​ ​Christmas. ​​Quick vote with hands:​ ​ –       How​ ​many​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​stand​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​on​ ​Christmas? –       How​ ​many​ ​of​ ​you​ ​as​ ​kids​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​it​ takes​ ​Christmas for-ev-er to arrive?!?​ ​ –       How​ ​many​ ​of you​ ​secretly​ ​unwrapped​ ​and​ ​rewrapped​ ​your​…

Behold, Our Coming Savior (Matthew 1:18-25)

MOTIVATE I have a like/dislike view of nativity scenes. –        Little figurines in our home… are they decorations or idols? –        Church nativities often inaccurate with wisemen present (they didn’t show up until 1-2 years after Jesus’ birth). –        Nativities often unrealistic with perfect arrangements, but can’t you imagine the chaos? Mary looks remarkably unexhausted…

The X in Christmas AND Holy Days

“Xmas is offensive; keep CHRIST in Christmas!” “The phrase ‘Happy Holidays’ is anti-religious.” Friends. Really?!? Do we really need to be offended by everything in society? Are Christians always victims and casualties of a culture war? Certainly there are some things to take offense in terms of moral and life – LIFE! – issues. But the…

What Christmas teaches us to say about God…

if God entered the world as a celebrity we would say “God is removed from us”, but because of Christmas we must say “God is revealed to us”   “See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23  “The Word became…