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…

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…