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  • Classic Christmas (Christmas Day)

    Classic Christmas
     (Christmas Day)

    December 25: Beautiful Feet

                   

    I'll bet you've said to someone at some time in your life, "You have a beautiful smile," "You have a beautiful voice." "You have beautiful eyes." That's pretty common to say something like that. Once in awhile someone might say to someone, "You have beautiful feet." You probably know someone, woman or man, who has had a pedicure. Toe nails clipped. Polished and buffed. Foot massage. New color. . . . Beautiful feet. The prophet Isaiah spoke of beautiful feet. There was no pedicure though. Dusty feet. Worn sandals. Dirty toes. Yet those feet were more beautiful than the most expensive pedicure that could be purchased. Come to Christmas Day worship to hear about some of the most beautiful feet ever!

  • Classic Christmas (Christmas Eve)

    Classic Christmas
     (Christmas Eve)

    December 24: The Savior Is Born!

                   

    Life slows down after Christmas. The season passes and the winter blues begin. But not on that first Christmas. The shepherds burst with good news blurted out to anyone who would listen. Mary treasured up the truths about her newborn son. People went home glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. What if we did the same?

  • Classic Christmas (Week 4)

    Classic Christmas
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    December 23: Even Angels Glorify Jesus

                   

    There are many classic songs of the Christmas season but nothing quite matches the first song of Christmas, the song of the angels in Bethlehem. Their lyrics are few, but their meaning is profound. God’s favor. Peace on earth. Glory to Him on high!

  • Classic Christmas (Week 3)

    Classic Christmas
     (Week 3)

    December 16: Best. Birth. Ever.

                   

    Few things are as exciting as finding a Christmas gift labeled To: (You). The label means someone thought about us. Someone loved. Someone searched for just the right gift. No passage proves God’s giving heart more than Luke 2:11, the classic summary of the Gift of Christmas.

  • Classic Christmas (Week 2)

    Classic Christmas
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    December 9: Good News for Black (and White) Sheep

                   

    Christmas is a time when families gather, for better or for worse. Tense relationships are revealed. Sins come front and center. Which is what makes Luke 2 so incredible. The shepherds, infamous in the ancient world for their lack of character, are God’s first audience for Christmas. Angels bring good news of great joy to take away their fear and welcome them (and us) to the family of God.

  • Classic Christmas (Week 1)

    Classic Christmas
     (Week 1)

    December 2: The Christmas History

                   

    Many people view Christmas as a season of wishes, dreams, and heart-warming tales. Rudolph, Frosty, Tiny Tim, and other fictional figures give us hope and make us feel good. But the Christian story of Christmas is radically different. Luke’s investigation was about facts, not feelings. Luke 2 gives us the real people, real places, and real hope that we find in a real, historical Jesus. This message reminds us that Jesus’ birth actually happened, which is heart-warming news!

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 5)

    Some Assembly Required
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    February 4: Glued By Love

                   

    Paul’s famous words about love come not in the context of a wedding celebration, but in the context of a church family who did not appreciate their God-given differences. This message pushes God’s diverse people towards humility, appreciation, and love, the glue that holds the Body of Christ together.

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 4)

    Some Assembly Required
     (Week 4)

    January 28: Needy You

            

    Some parts of the body are obviously important. Eyes and ears and arms and legs get lots of attention while other parts are ignored for years. But Paul saves the Church from arrogance and division by reminding those with obvious gifts of how much they need the less noticeable parts. Small parts of the brain help control those arms. Unseen mechanisms allow those beautiful eyes to see. This sermon is meant to raise awareness and appreciation as well as save our church from spiritual pride.

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 3)

    Some Assembly Required
     (Week 3)

    January 21: You Belong

                   

    Feeling “less than” is one of the Devil’s best tricks. We notice what we’re not, what we can’t do, what’s uncomfortable, what’s out of our skill set. But Paul saves us from envy and discouragement by reminding us all that God didn’t design every part of the body to do everything. By his design you can’t do that. Let go of the guilt. Give up the competition. Embrace your importance in his grand design.

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 2)

    Some Assembly Required
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    January 14: United Yet Unique

                   

    Scripture and experience teach us that people are different. Like different parts of the body, God intentionally decided to make you different from everyone else. That truth has the potential to make us better and stronger…or, if we ignore it, to make us frustrated at everyone who is not our mirror image.

  • Some Assembly Required (Week 1)

    Some Assembly Required
     (Week 1)

    January 7: Unique But United

                   

    As Paul begins his discussion of the “body of Christ,” he reminds us of the big picture. Baptism. Spirit. Spiritual thirst quenched by the gospel. What the Church has in common is exponentially bigger than our differences. He does the same in Ephesians 4, repeating the unity we have in Jesus—one Lord, one faith, one hope, on God. Therefore, before we talk about our uniqueness, we celebrate our unity in Jesus, no matter what our diverse wiring, quirks, or personality.